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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Approved Areas of Study: African & African-American Studies, Anthropology: GHE, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film & Media Studies, History, International & Area Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Physics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: John Milstead
Click here for a definition of this term Programs by School: ArtSci Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Non-Language Prerequisite(s): At least 1 African Studies course completed
Program Description:
University of Cape Town with IES Abroad
  In Cape Town, every day will be like a choose-your-own-adventure book, with outdoor activities to enjoy, South African residents to meet, and African cultures to learn.

Field experience in and around Cape Town is a core component in our program. Participate in field work and research opportunities (like the University's Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation's volunteer program) that will give you practical exposure to topics you're learning at South Africa's leading research university, the University of Cape Town (UCT). Through these opportunities, you will get a first-hand look at the city's society and a landscape that is constantly changing.

Cape Town will be your classroom. From visiting local gems like the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Castle of Good Hope, we challenge you to take full advantage of South Africa's beautiful climate and geography. We'll also take you to Kruger National Park for a three-hour game drive with one of Kruger's experienced game rangers. Hopefully your adventure will include seeing the "Big Five"--welcome to study abroad!

About IES Abroad: Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,000 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 115+ study abroad programs in more than 35 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA, at least 1 course in African studies required. The course must be taken for a grade and have a strong focus and content on the African continent. 2 courses in African studies recommended for spring applicants. Students must be of Junior standing.

Minimum 3.5 GPA for Urban Studies students.

Program Dates:
Term Dates Application Deadline
Academic Year early July - mid June February 1
Fall early July - mid November February 1
Spring late January - mid June May 1

  Approved Departments: This program is appropriate for students who have a strong interest in learning about contemporary South African life and society and the forces that have created that society. It is approved for students majoring in the following areas:

African & African American Studies
Anthropology & Archaeology
Earth & Planetary Science
Environmental Studies
Film & Media Studies
International and Area Studies
Performing Arts
Political Science
Religious Studies
Urban Studies
Women Gender & Sexuality Studies


Coursework: Students typically earn 14-16 credits per semester. WU Students are required to take 4 classes for the semester.
  Cape Town, South Africa
Don't miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to study abroad in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. You'll love the crystal clear blue waters, the breathtaking mountains, and everything in between. But there's more to Cape Town than its beauty--its dynamic society is ever-changing and growing, and you can witness it first-hand. Immerse yourself in the African culture and explore one of the most diverse environments in the world. We know you'll agree that studying in Cape Town will make you feel like you're on top of the world.
  Student Life: Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path--we're all about our student services. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

On-Site Support: IES Abroad

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.

Scholarships: Need-Based Aid and Future Engineers Scholarships: IES Scholarships
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.