Program Overview

The Arts and Sciences program, established in 1998, allows you to pursue your own academic studies while providing first-hand knowledge of contemporary South African society. CIEE students are taught alongside University of Cape Town (UCT) undergraduates and are required to undertake a full program of courses, including all assignments and written examinations. You will also be strongly encouraged to take part in community service.
You are required to enroll in at least one course with specific African content or one that offers a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest. Alternatively, you may enroll in the independent study option. Courses may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties excluding Health Sciences. A full course load is considered three to four courses.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Arts and Sciences in Cape Town

Additional requirements

College-level coursework in African Studies is highly recommended

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of the your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearPriority DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20183/1/2018Mid-Julylate November
Academic Year2017-183/1/2017Early AugustMid-June
Spring Semester 20189/15/2017Mid-FebruaryMid-June

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.