CAPE TOWN: CIEE – University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Fall Semester - Early July - mid November
  • Spring Semester - Late January - mid June
  • Summer 1 Semester - Mid June - Late July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

Arts & Sciences Program
This program is appropriate for students from all academic disciplines who have a strong interest in learning about contemporary South African life and society and the forces that have created that society.

Program participants 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, students can 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 3-4 courses. A typical combination of courses includes two courses at the 200 level, and one or two courses at the 300 level.

Service-Learning Program
This program is appropriate for students from all academic disciplines who have experience with community service and/or volunteerism and who are highly motivated to engage in community service while taking part in a rigorous academic program of language study, social research methodology, African studies, and independent research.

All students enroll in the core course, which includes a service placement, choose to study either Xhosa or Afrikaans language, and complete their studies with a capstone project.


Semester programs:

  • Courses vary by track.  Arts and Sciences students will choose their courses from the the University of Cape Town course catalogue.  Service Learning students will have a set curriculum which can be found on the CIEE website.  If your track requires five courses, Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits. Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

Summer programs:

  • Students take two courses - Poverty and Development: Cape Town Case Study and Community Partnerships: Theory and Engagement

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Host University

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is internationally recognized as Africa's leading research university and has a student population of 15,000. It was established as the South African College in 1829. During the apartheid era, UCT was classified as a white university. In the mid-1980's, however, the University adopted a mission of integration and affirmative action, in defiance of government policy. UCT is still a university in transition, striving to achieve the goals of a new multi-racial, multicultural society. The campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls, which combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to make a pleasant study, recreational, and working environment. A full range of commercial, medical, dental, recreational, and sporting facilities is available on campus, including an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool, gymnasium, basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts, and a weight room.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  •  For the service-learning program, students should have relevant experience to write about in their personal statement.

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official transcript
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Personal statement
    • Resume
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Housing is in shared apartments with other program students, other international students and/or with South African students attending the University. Apartments are located in neighborhoods adjacent to the University. Meals are not included in the program fee.


Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its most distinctive feature is Table Mountain, a flat-top mountain which separates the city center from the coast. Cape Town has all the cultural and commercial amenities of a large metropolitan city combined with the casual atmosphere of a beach town. In fact, the best beaches are the ones closest to the city and easily accessible by public transportation. In addition, Cape Town is the gateway to "The Garden Route" which follows the Indian Ocean to Port Elizabeth and has been likened to California Highway 1. From Cape Town, you will have easy access to South African vineyards, some of the best in the world, and the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.