Surrounded by mountains and the sea near the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is also an ideal location to experience the dynamic change in a country that is highly developed, but where millions live in poverty. Witness and participate in the South African effort to deliver health care effectively to the country’s poorer urban and rural residents.
Designed for students interested in health-related careers, this program enables you to examine health care delivery in South Africa. Field visits, observational visits to local health facilities, service work in a township near Cape Town, and a week-long rural excursion in the northern part of South Africa provide firsthand experience with the many health issues that plague South Africa, and the national effort to improve public health.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible, which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer a unique course that explores Health Studies and Health Care through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our worldclass professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take one core course on health care in South Africa with a service learning component. The course focuses on community and township health care services, prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and the efforts to alleviate the country's crisis with HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis.
The course complements the 16-20 hours per week you spend in local community-based learning placements. All student activities take place in terms of strictly administered ethical guidelines. These guidelines are derived from the local agencies.
Students spend their time in morning observational sessions at local health facilities and their afternoons in lectures for the course.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
You participate in a service learning component that improves your understanding of health issues in South Africa by volunteering in the clinics and health centers.
IES Abroad Cape Town organizes field study trips to health facilities and organizations that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of South African culture and society.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Cape Town, it will feel like home.
You will live in a furnished house or apartment with other IES Abroad students. Housing includes single or double bedrooms, shared bathrooms and kitchen. Linens are provided and laundry is nearby. Meals are not included. Resident Assistants provide support and cultural exchange (no meals provided).
Part of making you feel at home in Cape Town is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your 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. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
Begin the program with a trip to Bo-Kaap Kombuis, then visit Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. Orientation sessions also address:
While studying abroad in Cape Town, you will have the opportunity to participate in unique field trips to:
Also, several activities around Cape Town will be organized, such as a winery tour, a visit to the District 6 Museum, a day trip to the Cape Peninsula and Robben Island, a tour of Hermanus, and attendance at a rugby/soccer match. These are included in the cost of your program.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Cape Town Center is conveniently located on the Main Road by the University of Cape Town campus. The IES Abroad Cape Town Center is a place where students can stop by and talk to staff, use Wi-Fi, pick up their mail, and read books in the library. The IES Abroad courses are also offered in the Center classroom, and special guest lectures and other events may be held in the Center Space.
Near the Center on Main Road are shops and restaurants, and it is conveniently located within walking distance of the IES Abroad housing as well. Located on the slope of Devil’s Peak in a pleasant suburban area of Cape Town, the scenic campus blends into the natural scenery and provides beautiful views. The University of Cape Town (UCT) features libraries, museums, theatres and cafes as well as robust sports facilities.
At UCT, there is a free student shuttle service (the Jammie Shuttle) for those attending classes on its campus.
Natanya took up the position of Center Director at the IES Abroad Cape Town Center after working as the Assistant Director of the IES Abroad Center in London and as the Resident Director of an IES Abroad French language summer program in Quebec City, Canada. Originally from South Africa, she graduated from the University Natal (now the University KwaZulu-Natal) in Durban, South Africa where she majored in Spanish and French, and also studied Linguistics, Sociology, Drama, Zulu, and Afrikaans. She has lived in the UK, Argentina and France and has travelled to over 40 other countries around the world. Her prior positions in international education have included the Directorship of the International House in Durham and International Relationship Manager for Western Europe of the CFA Institute.
Along with her devotion to international education, Natanya has a passion for all forms of performing and visual arts from stand up and theater, to dance, photography, and fine art. She has worked as a freelance arts and culture journalist, a copywriter, a script writer, and photographer for a number of publications including the Africa Travel Channel, Saturday Star (part of the Independent Group of newspapers) and a London-based dance magazine, Dance Today.
IES Abroad Staff
Mr. Leo MapiraActing Academic Coordinator
Devonne BobbertService Learning & Program Assistant
Dr. Firdouza WaggieHealth and Community Development in South Africa
Ms. Liziwe McDaid
Mrs. Lynette MunroEco-Justice in Africa
Mr. Leo MapiraPolity, Community Development, Urban Life in South Africa