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  • Locations: Cape Winelands, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Language of Instruction:
Class Status:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Term of Study:
Housing Options:
Minimum GPA:
Subjects Offered:
Health Sciences, Humanities, Physical/Life Sciences, Social Sciences
Internship/Service Learning:
Internship, Service-Learning
Study Abroad Advisor: Nicole Hughes
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Our Summer in South Africa program 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 at the core of Stellenbosch, the country’s oldest college town. Summer in South Africa includes hands-on courses, guest lecturers, and opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

Get excited about:
  • South Africa-focused academics – Summer in South Africa provides you the unique opportunity to study the history of South Africa, as well as issues faced today.
  • 6-day Garden Route Safari Tour – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride an ostrich? On the 6-day, 5-night Garden Route Tour, you can try it at an ostrich farm, visit a colony of beach penguins, and explore Tsitsikamma National Park. If you have an adventurous side, there are also opportunities to safari, surf, sand board, and ride horses on the beach.
  • Cape Town and the wine country – When you arrive in South Africa, we’ll give you a detailed 3-day orientation, during which we’ll take you on a tour of Cape Town and the Stellenbosch wine country.
  • Community development projects - In the classroom, you will develop an understanding of the issues affecting community life in South Africa. You then have the opportunity to participate in a service-learning project in your new community.
CISabroad Summer in South Africa participants have two academic options to choose topics courses from:

1. General - this program offers largely South African focused courses over the course of 4 weeks, including the following: 
  • Introduction to South Africa’s Political History
  • Biodiversity: Plants for the People in the Western Cape
  • Apartheid and After: Representations of South Africa in Art and Media
  • HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective
  • Apartheid and After: Negotiating Identities in Literature and Film
  • Challenges for Democratic Consolidation 
2. Service-Learning - this program uses experience outside of the classroom to complement overall learning with a service project, usually at an under-funded and under-staffed school in a local township. Participants take the following courses over the course of 5 weeks:
  • Introduction to South Africa’s Political History
  • Learning for Sustainable Community Development

•   An innovative, South Africa focused curriculum
•   Excursions around Cape Town and the Stellenbosch Winelands
•   Extensive adventure opportunities
•   6-day, 5-night Garden Route Safari Tour
•   Community development and service-learning projects
•   Extensive sports facilities on campus

Student Life: 
CIS students have access to acres of playing fields, 2 sports stadiums, 2 large swimming pools, and a high-tech gym. These amenities encourage more than 30 competitive and recreational sports. The hills and mountains surrounding campus are perfect for hiking, mountaineering, cycling, jogging, hang gliding, or just picnicking. 

During the Summer in South Africa program, you will also have the option of joining other students on a 6-day, 5-night Garden Route Tour. The popular Garden Route is a scenic road that wraps along the southeastern coastline. The name comes from the lush and diverse vegetation, lagoons, lakes, and national parks found along the route. You will have opportunities to view penguins, ostriches, cheetahs, dolphins, whales, and of course the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo! You can also walk on the wild side and sandboard, bungee jump, surf, skydive, and cage dive with great white sharks.

Program dates for Summer 2017 are June 16th - July 19th. 

Living in shared apartments with other international students and South Africans, you will make friends from around the world. 

Here are some highlights:
  • 3–4 roommates 
  • Convenient location close to campus
  • Fully furnished
  • A breathtaking view of the mountains surrounding Stellenbosch
  • Perfect for meeting other international students
  • Internet access
  • Recreational facilities
Application Requirements and Deadlines: 
Applicants must have at least a sophomore standing. 

Applicants to this program have 2 applications to complete: Valpo and CISabroad. 
  • The Valpo deadline to apply to Summer 2017 programs is March 1st, 2017. Click the Apply Now button at the top right of this page to begin the Valpo application. 
  • The CISabroad deadline to apply to Summer 2017 is March 15th, 2017. Click here to start the CISabroad application. 
Cost Information: 
Please refer to the budget sheet above. 

If needed, students are able to work with financial aid to help with the cost of the program. Scholarships are also available. 

Out-of-pocket Expenses
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation. 

The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. Personal expenses include personal items, additional personal travel, meals, shopping, and other activities. Students should consider their individual spending habits when estimating their personal expenses for the program. 

Program Contact Information:
Nicole Hughes - Study Abroad Advisor
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: 219-464-5923
Book an Advising Appointment:

Apply for a Passport:
Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months past the program's end date. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.

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