Cape Town, South Africa

Health, Culture & Development

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Experiential Learning
Fall, Spring

At a Glance


Residence Hall


15 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Program

Our Health, Culture & Development Program is designed to offer insight into the complexity and breadth of the contemporary issues facing South Africa. Choose from several English-taught Health Science or Sociology courses taught by local lecturers and learn how globalization, development, and disease affect different communities.

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Explore Your Academic Interests

Study anything, from South African literature to music and dance.

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Cape Town Will Be Your Classroom

Attend course-related trips to enhance what you’ve learned in class.

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Individual Program Advisor

Your IES Abroad advisor is your #1 resource for preparing to study abroad.

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Travel in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana

Join field trips to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

February 03 - June 08

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

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Zhanè Vanderbilt

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

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Why South Africa?

South Africa is a rich, vibrant region and has become one of the world’s fastest growing economic zones despite facing challenges of poverty, disease, and economic imbalance. Its burgeoning economy, youthful population, ecological and ethnic diversity, and evolving politics make the continent an increasingly important player in the world of the 21st century. Cape Town’s idyllic setting on the South African coast makes it the perfect base from which to study this fascinating region.

Learn More About South Africa

Get to Know Your New City

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Explore the Unique Cape Floral Kingdom

Cape Town is biodiverse hotspot made up of mountains, wilderness, and more.

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Enjoy a Mix of Cultures

Immerse yourself in a multicultural landscape with 11 official languages.

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Experience a Society in Transition

30 years past apartheid, South Africa is a developing nation in transition.

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Learn More About Sustainability

Cape Town is home to innovative approaches to sustainability.


A clean bedroom featuring a twin-sized bed, a desk, and shelving with bright blue backings.
  • Residence Hall

Residence Hall

Live in a private residence hall with IES Abroad, South African, and other international students. Students live in a furnished single room with a kitchenette, private bathroom, and a digital safe is provided. Living spaces are shared, and there is a gym on site. Internet access is available. Meals are not included. 

An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives in or by your residence and can serve as a great resource for tips on integrating into the local culture.