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Pack your bag for endless adventures studying abroad in South Africa! Imagine swimming with penguins at Boulders Beach, learning about the country’s history at the Robben Island Museum, or hiking Table Mountain. When you study abroad, South Africa becomes the adventure-filled location of your dreams.

Whether you choose to study in South Africa for a semester, summer, or full-year, IES Abroad and partner university courses, field trips, and course related excursions will guide and enhance your academic and personal pursuits.

Get ready to experience a country with beautiful, diverse terrain and a dynamic cultural identity through one of our South Africa study abroad or internship programs and apply now!

Cape Town

One of the most beautiful cities on earth, Cape Town is a dynamic and multi-faceted city where you can explore a complex society and enjoy crystal blue waters, breathtaking mountains, and everything in between.

Our Programs

Cape Town - Health, Culture & Development

Cape Town
,
South Africa
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$19,100
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Cape Town - University Of Cape Town

Cape Town
,
South Africa
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$19,100
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Cape Town Summer - Health Studies

Cape Town
,
South Africa
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$7,400
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Cape Town Summer – Internship

Cape Town
,
South Africa
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$4,850
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Top places to see in Cape Town
  • Table Mountain

    Table Mountain is an iconic part of Cape Town. Many visitors hike or take a trip in the aerial cableway to the top of the mountain to see breathtaking views of Robben Island, Cape Town, Table Bay, Devil's Peak, and more.

  • Robben Island

    Located just a few miles off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is the former prison camp of many South African democratic supporters. These supporters were against apartheid and fought to combat racial discrimination.

  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

    Named after the British Queen Victoria and Prince Alfred, the Waterfront has something for everyone. With hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and more, you will surely find something to enjoy. The Nelson Mandela Gateway carries visitors to Robben Island.

The Latest from South Africa

Jun 12 11:44pm
Cape Town

Preparing for Cape Town (Predeparture)

by Payton

Having never left this country before, packing to travel all the way to South Africa started out as an undoubtedly stressful task. I've never been on a flight longer than four hours, and other than college, I've never been away from home for more than a week. My program in Cape Town, South Africa is seven weeks long, and the journey there will consist of three separate flights, totaling over 25 hours of travel time.

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May 8 11:11am

10 Study Abroad Instagram Photos from March & April 2019

by IES Abroad

These Instagram photos will make you want to spring forward into study abroad!

May 5 7:54pm
Cape Town

If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...

by Ameer

It truly saddens me to think about how my study abroad experience will end in a few weeks, and it has caused me to truly reflect on the magnitude of my experiences here in Cape Town, South Africa. There are a few things I would change about my study abroad experience had I known then what I know now.

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Apr 8 11:50am
Cape Town

A Conversation On Nationality and Identity

by Ameer

Identity is such an interesting concept because not only is it defined differently for everyone, but it influences the ways of life for many people, if not all. Generally speaking, identity is defined as the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. Identity is important for some regarding religion, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, class, and many other aspects of life.

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Apr 4 9:22am
Cape Town

9 Signs You Studied Abroad in South Africa

by IES Abroad

There’s no denying it, studying abroad in South Africa changed your life in the big ways you perceive the world and the little day-to-day habits that you still can’t break even after you’ve returned home.