Study at a large, diverse, urban university on the coast. Learn with South African students while fully immersing yourself in local culture.
|Location||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Term||Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester|
|Housing||Apartment, Dormitory, Other|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Experience South African culture firsthand while learning alongside South African students. Study in an urban setting at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest university and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions. The main campus occupies a beautiful site on the slopes of Table Mountain.
You have two housing options: in campus dormitories at UCT with the regular UCT student population or in the main Arcadia house with other Arcadia students. Dormitories are recommended because they are on campus, provide greater levels of integration and cultural immersion, and offer better WiFi. The Arcadia house is a lengthy walk or a short shuttle ride from UCT campus.
Students have the opportunity to participate in excursions throughout the semester or year. Excursions are designed to complement your experience and enhance your understanding of South African culture, politics, and geography.
Organized events, such as music festivals, theater outings, sporting events, and political lectures are encouraged opportunities to enhance your experience.
Students having participated in the University Study in South Africa program will:
The university has staff available to provide orientation, on-site support and advising, helping you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Various levels|
14–18 credits per semester and 28–36 credits for the academic year
This program appeals to students who are interested in learning about the culture of South Africa, would like to take classes related to their major or minor, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements or want to take classes with South African students.
You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.
Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 14 credits per semester.
For more tips on finding course information, go to Finding Course Information for Host Universities.
The University of Cape Town offers coursework, and has been identified as a strong curricular match, for the following UofM degree programs:
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year||Early July - mid June||Apr. 1|
|Fall Semester||Early July - mid November||Apr. 1|
|Spring Semester||Late January - mid June||Oct. 1|
Applications after this deadline may be considered. Contact Ryan McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
The Total Program Fee reflects Arcadia’s posted base program fee, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($1925 one semester / $2925 Academic Year) and required UofM international health insurance, minus the negotiated discount for UofM students ($1000).
Housing costs indicate standard housing fee; some housing options carry additional fees. Check with Arcadia when selecting your housing option for exact cost.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Program Dates for term options|
|Program Name||University Study in South Africa|
|Track Name||University of Cape Town|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.