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 that is both highly developed in areas, but severely underdeveloped in others. You will learn specifics about the South African effort to deliver health care effectively to the country's poorer urban and rural residents through both class lectures and observational experiences.
Designed for students interested in health-related careers, this program provides opportunities for you to research and examine health care delivery in South Africa. Field visits and placements in the townships surrounding Cape Town and a week-long rural excursion in the northern part of South Africa provide first-hand experience with the many health issues that challenge South Africa and the national effort to improve public health.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible, which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer a unique course that explores Health Studies and Health Care through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take one core course on health care in South Africa. The course focuses on community and township health care services, prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and the efforts to alleviate the country's crisis with HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis. Your schedule will vary by week. Some days you will be in class for most of the day, and other days are spent on location for your service learning project or in a local medical clinic or health care center for observations, shadowing staff or practitioners.
The course complements the 20 hours per week you spend in local community-based learning placements. All student activities take place in terms of strictly administered ethical guidelines. These guidelines are derived from local agencies.
You participate in a service learning component that improves your understanding of health issues in South Africa. Past placements have included:
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.
Furnished house or apartment with single or double bedrooms, bathrooms are shared with other students; linens are provided and laundry is nearby; Residential Assistants provide support and cultural exchange (no meals provided).
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.
Program covers health, safety, academics, and a cultural introduction to Cape Town, plus a guided and reflective township tour
Possible Field Trips & Cultural Events Include:
Garden Route tour (3 days, optional, following orientation), District 6 Museum and Robben Island tour, rugby/soccer match, Kruger National Park, wine tour, and tours of both the Cape Peninsula and Hermanus.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Cape Town Center is conveniently 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. Located on the slope of Devil’s Peak in a pleasant suburban area of Cape Town, UCT’s scenic campus blends into the natural scenery and provides beautiful views.
Features at our Center include: reception area, library and lounge, classroom, meeting space, and staff offices. The University of Cape Town campus offers students 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 students.
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
Devonne BobbertService Learning & Short Programmes Manager
Mugove ChiwashiraAcademic & Internships Manager
Jody FeltonHousing & Office Manager