Cape Town, South Africa

University Of Cape Town

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Direct Enrollment, Experiential Learning

At a Glance


Residence Hall


15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Program

When you study with us in South Africa, you will register for three to five courses at South Africa's leading research university, the University of Cape Town (UCT), which is located in a pleasant suburban area five miles from the City Center. UCT is South Africa's oldest university and has undergone incredible change since its opening, particularly since the end of apartheid, working to make quality higher education available to students regardless of socioeconomic background. 

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Explore Your Academic Interests

Study anything, from African Studies to Engineering.

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Participate in Community-Based Learning

Learn about social issues and help work toward a community-driven solution.

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Join UCT’s Volunteer Program

Get a first-hand-look at the city's social and economic issues.

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Travel Throughout South Africa

Join optional field trips to the Garden Route and Kruger National Park.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

February 03 - June 24

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


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 Cape Town?

In Cape Town, every day will be like a choose-your-own-adventure book: imagine hiking Lion's Head at sunset, strolling through the African market at Greenmarket Square, attempting to finish a Gatsby sandwich, visiting beaches-there's even a beach with penguins!-and more. 

We want you to feel at home in South Africa, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. 

Learn More About Cape Town

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.