CIEE Cape Town: Arts and Sciences

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


Cape Town is the third most populous city in South Africa. It is the legislative capital of the country, as well as capital of the Western Cape province. Cape Town is famous for its natural harbor, as well as its location near the Cape of Good Hope. It receives the largest number of tourists of any South African city, making it also the capital of the tourism industry. The area is also famous for its unique plant life and winemaking.

The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829, and is South Africa’s oldest university. It has established itself as one of Africa’s finest teaching and research institutions. The campus is on a beautiful hillside setting on the outskirts of the city, close to residential areas, shops, and cafes. UCT is a university, which prides itself on not only its undergraduate education, but also on its graduate programs and the excellent research carried out by its faculty. During the period of apartheid, UCT was designated as a ‘whites only’ institution. However, today’s campus has been transformed to reflect the diversity of the entire South African population in terms of students, faculty and staff. About 50% of the 20,000 students are black, and half of the student body is female. The faculty hails from over 90 different countries.

  • Visa:

    Required. See NAFSA: General VISA FAQs.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board to Haverford. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition, room, and board payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    CIEE Study Center applicants are required to complete a University of Cape Town (UCT) application, provided by CIEE. In addition, students must submit a résumé as part of the UCT application. While the UCT application may be completed online, signatures (of students and parent if student is less than 21 years old at the time s/he submits the application to CIEE) on the UCT application must be originals (no copies, faxes, or scans) and in blue ink. Please mail the UCT application and résumé to the CIEE Portland, Maine office.

    Academic Credit

    A full course load is considered 3–4 courses. A typical combination of courses includes two courses at the 200-level, and one or two courses at the 300-level. Students requesting major credit in any subject should take courses at the 200 or 300 level. Total recommended credit for the semester is: 14–16 per semester, 28–32 for the academic year.

    • Courses at the 300-level have 60 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester;
    • Courses at the 200-level have 60 contact hours and recommended credit is 4 semester;
    • Courses at the 100-level have 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester.

    Students are required to take a language course for the duration of their stay. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Wide range of course offerings at the University of Cape Town in commerce, engineering, humanities, and science. Community service and involvement through a township homestay, CIEE and UCT community service programs, and independent study opportunities Opportunity to live, interact with, and study alongside African students in a society in transition. Cultural and educational activities such as visits to local theater, music, and dance productions, museums, rural cooperatives, cricket and rugby matches, and whale-watching. Excursions to various sites of cultural importance in Cape Town and in the Western Cape such as the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Flats, Robben Island, and wine farms

    Course Highlights

    African Studies, Archaeology, Architecture and Planning, Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology and Theology

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Both UCT and CIEE conduct mandatory orientations for international students to introduce them to life in South Africa, academic expectation, culture, and campus facilities.

    Number of Students: 120-220 each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Haverford students must live in a homestay with a South African family.  All meals are included. Haverford believes that living with a family provides the best opportunity to learn a language and experience full cultural immersion. Due to this educational benefit, Haverford will only incorporate the full cost of room and board for a homestay into the financial aid package for students who qualify for aid.

    Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Sports: Aikido, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cycling, dance, fencing, golf, gymnastics, field hockey, karate, mountaineering, netball, rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, squash, swimming, table tennis, tai chi, tennis, volleyball, water polo.


Students who are applying to study in South Africa must have both parents sign the Parent Waiver on the Travel Resources website.  We also strongly suggest that parents of students studying abroad, especially in South Africa, also have valid passports.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Mid-July to late November
  • Semester II: Late January to mid-June
  • Year: Mid-July to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 5
  • Semester II: October 15
  • Year: February 5
Faculty Contact

Zolani Noonan-Ngwane