South Africa

SIT: Multiculturalism and Human Rights in Cape Town

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation. This program focuses on identity to explore the sociopolitical debates surrounding South Africa’s multicultural society as it strives for social reform and a sound economy. South Africa is truly a multicultural society, with 11 national languages and numerous ethnic groups. While South Africans have seen tremendous change since the first...

CIEE: Global Sustainability and Environment in Cape Town

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...

CIEE: Arts and Sciences in Stellenbosch

The Arts and Sciences study abroad program in Stellenbosch provides a broad selection of classes in community development, business, sociology, politics, literature, ecology and economics. It combines classroom studies with field-based experiential learning in the community engagement. You will also 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. You may choose to do a CIEE Directed Independent Research project in place of one Stellenbosch University...

CIEE: Arts and Sciences in Cape Town

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...

SIT: Social and Political Transformation in Durban

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation. In this program you will investigate issues of inequality; poverty; and racial, ethnic, and gender-based discrimination in South Africa. When Nelson Mandela cast his vote in Durban in 1994, South Africa’s system of legislated apartheid receded into history. However, the country continues to struggle with discrimination and poverty. You will...

CIEE: Summer South African Studies in Cape Town

In the CIEE Cape Town program you will witness and take part in the complex process of the transformation occurring in South Africa. During courses, community engagement activities, excursions, and more, you’ll trace the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples, examine the emergence and significance of apartheid, and explore the role this fascinating country’s history continues to have on society today. If you’ve ever heard Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy award winning male a cappella group from South Africa, you may have an idea of what’s in store: a transformative experience...

CIEE: Summer Community Development and Social Justice in Cape Town

The summer Community Development and Social Justice program in Cape Town, South Africa is designed for students from all academic disciplines who want to learn about the challenges and realities of post-Apartheid South Africa through innovative courses and an integrated community service study abroad project. You will take the two required CIEE courses. The Poverty and Development: Cape Town Case Study course includes 45 contact hours for a recommended 5 credits. The Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement course includes 15 classroom hours, 5 reflection hours, and 90 service hours for a...
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