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Why Cape Town?

Surrounded by mountains and the sea near the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is not only one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but also an ideal location to experience the complex socio-economic health care challenges of a multi-cultural developing country with great disparities.

What You'll Study

Our Summer Health Studies Program has been completely revised and improved. The program now offers a wider range of health-related topics, including kinesiology, endemic diseases, and nutrition, as well as courses that focus on the business and social impacts of health care in Southern Africa.  Of those courses, you will enroll in two three-credit options for a total of six credits.

Daily Life

You will be exposed to the challenges and realities of health care in South Africa through your coursework and site visits in Cape Town. The program ends with a field trip to the Kruger National Park and Johannesburg and you will fly home from Johannesburg. There will be opportunities to complete observational rotations at a selection of organizations such as hospitals, clinics, old-age homes, and health-related NGOs. 

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible, which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. Our Summer Health Studies Program has been completely revised and improved. The program now offers a wide range of health-related topics, including kinesiology, endemic diseases, and nutrition, as well as courses that focus on the business and social impacts of health care in Southern Africa.

There will be opportunities to volunteer on rotation during the program at a selection of organizations such as hospitals, clinics, old-age homes, and health-related NGOs. This volunteer program complements your coursework.

You will also enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits.

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Child Development
Course Name Term Language Credits
KI/CD/HE 210 - Developmental Kinesiology Summer English 3
Health Sciences
Course Name Term Language Credits
KI/CD/HE 210 - Developmental Kinesiology Summer English 3
SO/HE 323 - Endemic Diseases and their Socioeconomic Context Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
SO/HE 347 - Health & Community Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Kinesiology
Course Name Term Language Credits
KI/CD/HE 210 - Developmental Kinesiology Summer English 3
Nutrition
Course Name Term Language Credits
NT 325 - Nutrition & HIV Summer English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/HE 323 - Endemic Diseases and their Socioeconomic Context Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
SO/HE 347 - Health & Community Fall, Spring, Summer English 3

Field Trips & Events

We believe in experiential learning and our field trips are aimed at helping you learn more about South African culture, geography, wildlife, history and people. In addition to trips and activities in and around Cape Town (such as a walking tour of Langa Township, a trip around Cape Peninsula, a District Six Cycling Tour, and a visit to Robben Island),  our field trips (both included and partially-subsidized) open you up to a range of cultures and experiences.

Possible Field Trips & Cultural Events Include: 

Garden Route

3 days | Orientation

Travel along the southern coastline of South Africa, better known as the Garden Route. Explore the Cango Cave system, and visit an ostrich farm and an animal sanctuary. Experience the beauty and diversity of the South African landscape as you hike and canoe along the Garden Route. This trip is included in the cost of your program.

Kruger National Park & Johannesburg

4 days | End of semester

Explore the natural beauty and history of South Africa. The trip begins with a flight to Nelspruit and two days spent on safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park-home to a wide variety of animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, kudus, and rhinos. Then travel west to Johannesburg where you'll enjoy lunch in Soweto township and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. This trip is partially subsidized by IES Abroad.

Course-Related Trips

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.

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

2 days
Program covers health, safety, academics, and a cultural introduction to Cape Town, plus a guided and reflective township tour

Housing

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. Our goal is that when you leave Cape Town, it will feel like home.

You will live in shared housing with shared bathrooms and kitchens, as well as access to limited WiFi. Internet access is available but not guaranteed.  Meals are not included.  

An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives with you and can serve as a great resource for tips on integrating into the local culture. 

Get to Know Your New City

Hit the Beach(es)!

Cape Town has miles of coastline and beautiful white sand beaches. Clifton and Camps Bay beaches are some of our favorites!

See the Waves Crash Against Cape Point

stand on the most southwesterly point in Africa and enjoy the spectacular clifftop views. If you're lucky, you may see an ostrich or baboon!

Meet the Penguins

You'll come face to face with adorable residents of Boulders Beach!

Relax in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, this spectacular garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic, catch an outdoor concert, or just take a contemplative walk.

Climb Table Mountain

No stay in Cape town is complete without taking in the views from the top of this iconic mountain. If the hike up sounds too daunting, you can take a leisurely ride to the top of the cableway.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $5,585 $1,680 $135 $7,400


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The Fall and Spring Cape Town programs are based by the IES Abroad Cape Town Center and supported by IES Abroad staff.  The IES Abroad Cape Town Center is located by the University of Cape Town campus. The Center is a place where  students can stop by and talk to staff, use WiFi, pick up their mail, and study in the library. IES Abroad courses are also offered in the Center classroom, and special guest lectures and other events may be held in the Center space.

Features at our Center include:

  • Reception area
  • Library and lounge
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting space
  • Staff offices

SEMESTER UCT STUDENTS:

The University of Cape Town campus offers several amenities for students enrolled in the UCT semester program, such as: access to libraries, museums, theaters, cafés, and university sports facilities. There is a free UCT shuttle service (the Jammie shuttle) around campus and nearby areas for UCT students.  Please note that while Health, Culture, and Development students are also semester students, they are not enrolled at UCT, and therefore do not have access to UCT courses, facilities, or amenities.

Our Staff

Natanya van der Lingen

Center Director

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 KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa where she majored in Spanish and French, and also studied Linguistics, Sociology, Drama, Zulu, and Afrikaans. She spent a year studying abroad in California as a Rotary International Exchange student and has also lived in the UK, Argentina, and France, and has traveled to over 40 other countries around the world.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Devonne Bobbert

Short Programmes Manager

Sarah Lowe

Programming & Internships Manager

Jody Felton

Housing & Office Manager

David Reiersgord

Academic Manager

Carrie Grochowski

Programme Co-ordinator