Semester in South Africa

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South Africa: Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch


Semester in South Africa offers you an amazing college experience in an exotic destination, studying at Stellenbosch University. Ideally situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the University is also at the core of Stellenbosch, the country's oldest college town. Besides having access to Stellenbosch's more than 100 restaurants and pubs, you will be just 20 minutes from the metropolis of Cape Town. You will enjoy a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters in a melting pot of cultures and languages. Many regard South Africa as the adventure capital of the world. Are you interested in the highest bungee jump on the planet, diving with great white sharks, or making a safari to see the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo)? South Africa offers a full spectrum of adventures. You can debate South African politics with the Political Club, learn to sail with the yacht club, or take up Rugby--South Africa's favorite pastime. If you're a go-getter and you don't find a campus club that suits you, you can start your own.


1. A coastline of beautiful beaches only 20 minutes from your front door

2. Excursions around Cape Town and the Stellenbosch Winelands

3. Fully furnished apartments with South Africans and other international students

4. Innovative curriculum: courses in liberal arts, science, business, social science, languages, and more

5. Extensive sports facilities on campus


Fall, Spring


Fall: mid-July - early December; Spring: late January - ealry June

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Subject Areas

  • Culture
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • History
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Theater, Drama, Dance

Cost in US$:

Contact CISabroad for details

Program Fees Include:

* A tour of Stellenbosch and the wine country
* Excursions to Cape Town, Robben Island, Cape Point, and Table Mountain
* Full-time tuition and fees
* Housing (fully furnished apartments)
* Medical and accident insurance
* Academic advising
* Financial aid counseling
* Assistance with travel arrangements
* CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
* Predeparture orientation
* Airport pickup
* Internet connection and laundry facilities
* Stellenbosch University orientation
* On-site support
* Stellenbosch University official transcript
* Carbon offset of travel

Experience Required


This Program is open to

American and Canadian Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat

Scholarships are Available

Grants (Automatically Awarded): * CISabroad Early Bird Grant: You will automatically receive USD 100 off if you apply by Sep 23rd for a spring semester program or December 31st for a fall semester program! * CISabroad CPA (Cooperating Partner Alliance) Grant: Automatically receive USD 250 off a semester program or USD 100 off a summer or short-term program if your school is an affiliate. Please check list at CISabroad website. * CISabroad Bring a Friend Grant: You and your friend receive USD 250 for a semester program or USD 100 for a summer, short-term or internship program. * CISabroad Go Again Grant: Got the travel bug and want to go again on another CISabroad program? Get USD 250 off a semester or USD 100 off a summer program. * CISabroad Diversity Abroad Grant, CIS Gilman Grant, CIS Golden Key Grant: If you receive a Diversity Abroad scholarship, Gilman Grant, or Golden Key Award for your CISabroad program, we'll give you an additional USD 500 grant, just to say congrats! For all of the following scholarships, Please be sure to fill out the CIS scholarship application form by May 1 for a fall program, November 1 for a Spring Program, or May 1 For a summer program. Please visit CISabroad website. * CISabroad Leadership Scholarship: Receive USD 250- USD 500 off a semester program or USD 100-USD 200 off a summer program * CISabroad Photo Journalist Scholarship Receive USD 100 off plus a digital camera for semester or summer program * CISabroad Correspondent Scholarship (semester programs only) Receive USD 500-USD 1,000 off for blogging regularly about your experience overseas * CISabroad Green Scholarship Receive USD 250-USD 500 off a semester or USD 100-USD 200 off a summer program for volunteering in an eco-friendly capacity and presenting on your experience while back home Please check CISabroad website for a more up to date info.

Application Process Involves

  • Essay
  • Online Application
  • Transcript
  • Letters of Reference

Typically The Application Process Time is

48 hours