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CIEE: Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch, a small Dutch colonial city, lies 30 miles east of Cape Town and is the second-oldest European settlement in the province. Its population, slightly under 200,000, speaks mostly Afrikaans, reflecting its colonial origins. Sheltered in a valley, Stellenbosch is located in a hilly section of the Cape Winelands and is best known as a center of wine production. Stellenbosch University is one of South Africa’s leading institutes of higher education.
Pre-Term Program: Building Sustainable Communities
The first week of the study abroad program includes a special pre-term theory and praxis experience at the Stellenbosch Sustainability Institute and its associated Eco-Village. You will live in the Sustainability Institute guest house and spend a week participating in a series of discussions and hands-on experiences to help you become more familiar with issues such as food security, water, waste, and sanitation, energy, and community development.
The Sustainability and Community program at the CIEE Study Center at Stellenbosch University provides students with both theoretical grounding and practical experience in urban studies, ecology, community and sustainable living. From the classroom to surrounding communities, students engage in sustainable practices with local relevance that may also be applied to global concerns. Through a combination of CIEE and Stellenbosch University courses, field-based experiential learning, and special activities organized by CIEE through its relationship with Stellenbosch University and its affiliated Sustainability Institute, students will learn firsthand about the issues and challenges impacting South Africa and the global community today and explore and evaluate sustainable practices within specific community settings.
Students on this program take the required CIEE core course, Cities, Sustainability and Community. They can then choose to enroll in multiple academic courses at Stellenbosch University with a specific focus on Language, Development and Policy, Ecology and Environment, and/or Community Engagement. Students may choose to do a CIEE Directed Independent Research project in place of one Stellenbosch University elective course. Students may also enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning for an additional 2 semester/3 quarter credits. A list of elective course options can be found on the CIEE web page.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 15-16 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-July – Late November
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students live in student residences on the Stellenbosch University campus. Those students participating in Directed Independent Research at the Sustainability Institute can also spend up to four weeks in-residence at the Eco Village at the Sustainability Institute (limited spaces available).
Meals are not included in the program fee and can be either prepared by students in the residence hall or guest house or taken at local restaurants and cafes in Stellenbosch.
Students have 24-hour access to email and the Internet at Stellenbosch University’s computer lab. Students who bring laptops can register them for a small fee and use them in their residence hall and around campus.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
Program Cost: 2013-2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Stellenbosch Expenses Worksheet.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholaships- Available to Rutgers students participating on this CIEE study abroad program. Applications will be released to students upon acceptance. Scholarships will be in the amount of $1000 and are primarily need-based.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.