Orientation in Cape Town is spread over two weeks. It starts with an IES Abroad orientation (three days) where you are introduced to the IES Abroad Cape Town staff, your fellow students, the city of Cape Town and its surrounding areas, in addition to the University of Cape Town campus.
Orientation continues with a trip along the Garden Route, the southern coastline of South Africa, where you explore cave systems, visit beautiful beaches, canoe, hike, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the South African landscape. During our orientation, you also enjoy a scenic drive through parts of Cape Town and a visit to a local township led by members of that community.
You will then attend the University of Cape Town’s orientation (five days) that gives you details on academics, extracurricular activities, and volunteer opportunities. It also includes a campus tour and the chance to participate in an African-style drumming event.
Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment.
Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.