Program Overview

Cape Town is perhaps the best microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition – making it the perfect location to study sustainability matters. During CIEE’s Global Sustainability and Environment program, local experts and CIEE’s expert staff will provide the tools you need to develop a real-world project to help Cape Town. You will also experience South African culture by living with a host family, going on trips and excursions throughout the country, and more.
In this program you will spend three days in a former South African township to see how disadvantaged groups live, experience life in an EcoVillage for a week, and learn to speak Afrikaans or isiXhosa.
You will also have the opportunity to attend local theater, music, and dance productions, and rugby matches.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Global Sustainability and Environment

Additional requirements

  • Minimum of two college-level courses in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. 
  • Recommended completion of at least one college-level science or social science course with an integrated lab.


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 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.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20184/1/2018Mid-JulyLate November
Academic Year2017-1804/01/2017TBDTBD
Spring Semester201809/15/2017Early 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.