Orientation in Cape Town is spread over two weeks. It starts with an IES Abroad orientation (3 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 south-eastern coast line 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 tour of downtown Cape Town and a local township.
You will then attend the University of Cape Town’s orientation (5-6 days) that gives you details on academics, extracurricular activities, and volunteer opportunities. The International Academic Programs Office’s activities include a tour around the Cape Peninsula and the chance to participate in an African-style drumming event.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.