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is the vibrant capital of South Africa. Famous for its natural beauty, Cape Town is nestled in a ring of mountains and provides visitors with breathtaking views from Table Mountain, along with sandy beaches along the coast. The city has a tumultuous history, which has given birth to a rich culture and an increasingly strong economy. Tourism has grown rapidly in recent years, making Cape Town the most popular travel destination in all of Africa
The Cape Town summer program mixes classroom instruction and hands-on service learning, allowing students to study and experience how post-Apartheid South Africa is working to combat racial, ethnic, economic, and political disparity.
Students will earn a total of 6 credits during the Cape Town Summer Program through a W&M faculty taught course and a Global Studies Internship that contributes to a cultural immersion experience.
Past participants have lived in hostels, SHAWCO housing, or UCT dorms and all meals are included. The Cape Town program includes excursions to locations such as Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, and museums and historic sites in and around Cape Town.
Students will take two 3 credit courses. All Summer 2019 students will be enrolled in:
- DANC 340 African-American and South African Movement Exchange (3 credits): This course is designed for the student with little or no dance background as well as those with previous dance training. It introduces dance as an art form and means of expression. Through applied modern and South African dance techniques, the student will be introduced to such concepts as correct body alignment, movement and rhythmic skills and will have an opportunity to learn about movement in an environment where creative work can be explored. This course is also designed to develop an understanding and appreciation for dance as a means of communication as well as a dynamic performing art. The course work would provide an introduction to the aesthetics of the choreographers who have significantly influenced 20th and 21st century African-American and South African modern dance and used it as a means for political and social expression.
- GBST 498: Global Studies Internship (3 credits): During this service learning course, students will work as English, math, and/or computer tutors in one of Cape Town's townships. Students will then engage in reflection activities in a Global Citizens class. Students can also look forward to periodic lectures with local faculty from diverse fields.
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Cape Town and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught be W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Associate Professor of Dance, Director of W&M Dance Program
Arrival date: July 5, 2019
Departure date: August 2, 2019
Application ($75*) February 1
Deposit ($600): March 1
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2018 program fee: $6250
2019 program fee: TBA, will be updated in November 2018.
Students are responsible for airfare, all meals included.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
- All meals
- On-site orientation
- Transportation to/from Cape Town airport
- Excursions and admittance fees for excursions
- Service-learning program
- CISI insurance
- On-site support services
- W&M credits
- Fulfills COLL 300
All College students in good academic standing.
Click to view the Cape Town Handbook 2018.
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2018.