Cape Town

CIEE: University of Cape Town - Arts and Sciences Program

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, research, and independent study; courses are taught in English. Volunteer work is possible. On-site orientation and some excursions are covered in the program fees.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty member: Rita Roberts
  • Fields of study: Courses in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science are recommended for Scripps students; Scripps students are required to study either one of the regional languages offered at the university or a class that includes content on South Africa.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; area studies course
  • Size of the student body: 23,500
  • Number of program participants: 100

Living Arrangements

Students may choose from homestays, host institution dormitories or program houses with South African student mentors. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps. Students in homestays share breakfast and dinne with their families and receive a stipend for lunches from Scripps.

Term Dates

  • Fall: MId to early July through late November
  • Spring: Early February to late June


  • Advising Tips: Students have to complete a petition process through the Registrar's Office for courses from abroad to fulfill the Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) general education requirement. However, the course -Gender and History, has already been petitioned by a previous student so it is now approved for the GWS requirement.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: Cost of living is reasonable in South Africa and a student budget is sufficient for taking advantage of many opportunities. For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Los Angeles and Cape Town.
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