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  • Cape Town, South Africa
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 dynamic change in a country of 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 volunteer on rotation during the program at a variety of organizations such as hospitals, clinics, old-age homes, and health-related NGOs. 

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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 dynamic change in a country of 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 volunteer on rotation during the program at a variety of organizations such as hospitals, clinics, old-age homes, and health-related NGOs. 

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$4 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 more then $4 million each year 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 variety 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

New and updated course syllabi coming soon.

Courses may include:

HE/KN210 - Exercise Physiology
HE/SO 323 - Endemic Diseases & Their Socioeconomic Context
HE/SO347 - Community Health
NU325 - Nutrition in South Africa

Field Trips & Events

Possible Field Trips & Cultural Events Include: 

Cape Town: Garden Route tour (3 days, optional, following orientation - partially subsidized by IES Abroad), sunset scenic drive, Langa Township walking tour, Cape Peninsula Tour, Robben Island Tour, Winelands Tour

Nelspruit: Kruger National Park (2 days - included in program cost), Chimp Eden Chimpanzee Sanctuary, River Rafting

Johannesburg: Soweto Township Bicycle Tour, Apartheid Museum

Course-Related Excursions

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

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.

Housing

Shared housing with shared bathrooms and kitchen access; Residential Assistants provide support and cultural exchange (no meals provided).

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 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018 $5,455 $1,640 $135 $7,230


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 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 more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.