This program will take place in Cape Town, an exotic oceanfront city surrounded by the beautiful Table Mountain National Park. Cape Town, voted one of the top ten World Cities, was originally settled by the Dutch and is famous for its stunning waterfront harbor. It is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with African, European, and Asian influences. Along with South Africa’s unique political and cultural history, as well as the abundance of wildlife and scenic landscapes, this is an ideal location for a study abroad program. Stretches of white sand beaches, majestic cliffs, miles of mountain ranges, and acres of vineyards are but a few of the many landscapes around this beautiful cosmopolitan city. World famous Table Mountain, African Penguins at Boulders Beach, and a Big 5 safari can be all part of the Cape Town experience.
The program will seek to familiarize students with the fields of anthropology, biology, and literature with emphasis on society in Cape Town. All classes will focus on historical and social issues specific to South Africa, including its literary arts, demographics, biological diversity, and culture. Each class will incorporate an element of Service Learning that will include hands-on volunteer projects (see syllabi for specific details). The emphasis of the program is getting to know Cape Town and the diverse peoples who live, work, and play there. In addition to adding invaluable experience to their resume, students will have life-changing encounters and adventures in one of the world's most diverse and beautiful cities.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles a day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.
Excursions may include: Excursions may include the Cape of Good Hope, beaches and historic fishing villages on the peninsula, Two Oceans Aquarium, Boulders Beach, home of African penguins, a boat trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Students are also encouraged to book their own excursions to the summit of Table Mountain, to experience a safari wildlife tour, or to go shark diving.
Within Cape Town, students may be able to try new types of food at the famous ethnic restaurants in the colorful Bo Kaap area, visit the world famous Charley’s Bakery, see music and dance performed at the Iziko Museum, tour Cape Town University, shop and dine in the world class V&A Waterfront malls and craft markets, and meet a veteran freedom fighter at the District 6 Museum.
Classes: Classes will be held at various locations, including schools, museums, local campuses, and onsite at the lodging facility. Days and hours will vary, depending on individual instructors.
Accommodations: In Cape Town, students will live and eat two meals a day at the Riverview Lodge. Riverview Lodge is a secure dormitory facility, with all the amenities of Observatory within walking distance and with easy access to taxis and trains for visits further afield. Observatory is best known as a neighborhood where students from the nearby University of Cape Town live, and students from around the world stay here when in Cape Town. There are locally owned stores and restaurants should students want to shop for gifts or try different cuisines.