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. In addition to the mountain top views, oceanfront venues, and unique flora and fauna, Cape Town has everything a student of the world would want - world class museums, vibrant nightlife, restaurants for every taste, and shops that sell everything from local arts and crafts to high end designer brands. Interacting with cheetahs and penguins, taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, and walking in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela can all be a part of the Cape Town experience.
Students in TnCIS South Africa 2016 will have the opportunity to take one of the following courses: General Biology II, International Health, Introduction to Sociology, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, or Women in Literature. Each course will emphasize society in Cape Town, with a focus on historical and social issues specific to South Africa. As appropriate, each course will focus on aspects of Cape Town life, including wildlife, social issues, historical events, and literary contributions that will enhance the course material and bring it to life while on location. Additionally, each class will incorporate an element of Service Learning that will include faculty directed, 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.
Classes: Classes will be held at various locations, including schools, museums, and onsite at the lodging facility. Days and hours will vary, depending on individual instructors.
Accommodations: In Cape Town, students will live in a newly remodeled hostel in the Gardens neighborhood with easy access to taxis and buses for visits further afield. The Gardens area is best known as a trendy neighborhood that caters to students and young professionals. There are restaurants, grocery stores, and museums within walking distance. Breakfast and either lunch or dinner will be provided daily.