Situated on the southern coast of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city that offers a rich selection of activities for study abroad students. By choosing to study abroad in Cape Town with CIEE, you’ll experience all the city has to offer—water sports, mountaineering, landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, nightclubs, restaurants, and more—while studying at one of Africa’s leading research universities. NU students have the option to choose between the traditional arts and sciences, or the service learning program. CIEE also offers exciting excursions and rewarding volunteer opportunities.  This program affords you the opportunity to be fully immersed in South Africa’s unique culture that is diverse, rich in history, and inspired in many ways by the breathtaking natural landscape of the country.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Personal Statement: If student is applying for the Service-Learning Program, he or she should write about relevant experience.
Submit to Host University
  • Online CIEE Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Photos should 2×2.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Nominations
  • GEO:

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Northeastern students will follow the credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students should aim for 72 credits per semester at CIEE Cape Town to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (1 CIEE credit=1 NU credit) or 1:0.2223 (1 UCT credit=1 NU credit)
  • For example, an 18 credit UCT course will come in as 4 NU credits or a 3 credit CIEE course will come in as a 3 credit NU course
  • Students typically take four courses

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

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 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. They will have a set curriculum which can be found on the CIEE website.

 

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $TBD
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2016
  • Deadline: October 9, 2017
  • Extension: October 10, 2016
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Personal Statement: If student is applying for the Service-Learning Program, he or she should write about relevant experience.
Submit to Host University
  • Online CIEE Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Photos should be 2×2
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Nominations
  • GEO:

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students should aim for 72 credits per semester at CIEE Cape Town to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (1 CIEE credit=1 NU credit) or 1:0.2223 (1 UCT credit=1 NU credit)
  • For example, a 3 credit UCT course will come in as 3.66 NU credits or a 3 credit CIEE course will come in as a 3 credit NU course
  • Students typically take four courses

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

 

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. They will have a set curriculum which can be found on the CIEE website.

If student’s track requires five courses, they 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.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: March 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Personal Statement: If student is applying for the Service-Learning Program, he or she should write about relevant experience.
Submit to Host University
  • Online CIEE Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Photos should be 2×2
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Nominations
  • GEO:

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

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

Community engagement is one of the central components of this summer study abroad program. As part of the academic program, CIEE staff will arrange community engagement projects and activities with various NGOs, schools, and orphanages throughout the greater Cape Town community for you. Community Engagement will take place in the form of Impact Projects over the course of 6 weeks. As a group, you will be assigned different projects as it relates to the community’s needs. Impact projects are smaller manageable projects which will take place over the course of a day to impact a community based off prior needs and asset analysis. This way we manage both your and the community’s expectations. This retributive relationship speaks to community engagement in its realest form.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $11,680
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 8 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than two courses (or 8 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

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, students 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.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus through Program: 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.

Host University or Organization

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.

Coordinators
Student Advisor