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Program Description:
Cape Town Collage

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Cape Town is the vibrant capital of South Africa and is a port city on the southwest coast of of the continent on a peninsula beneath Table Mountain. Cable cars actually go to the mountain's flat top, from which you can enjoy sweeping views of the city. You can also travel to Robben Island, which was the location for the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, and it is now a living museum. Famous for its natural beauty, Cape Town is nestled in a ring of mountains and provides visitors with breathtaking views, 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.

Things to Do and See:
Visit Boulders Beach and Foxy Beach to see African penguins; hike Kasteelspoort on Table Mountain. African Penguins at Boulders Beach

Program Description:
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 7 credits during the Cape Town Summer Program through a W&M faculty taught course and several courses locally taught that will help students learn more about South Africa and explore the local areas, including opportunities for service-learning. 

Participants will live in self-catering apartments and meals/meal stipends are included. The Cape Town program can include 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.

Course Information:
Students will take two 3 credit courses and one 1 credit course. All students will be enrolled in:

  • LING 406  Language in Society  (3 credits):  
  • AFST 306/HIST 212 From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to Aids (3 credits)
  • AFST 306 Survival isiXhosa (1 credit)

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.

W&M Faculty:
Iyabo Osiapem
Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies and Linguistics

Arrival date: July 3, 2022
Departure date: July 31, 2022


New for Summer 2022, there will be a Priority Application deadline of December 1.

Priority Deadline ($75*):  December 1
Deposit ($600): January 28
Final Payment: February 18

Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.

Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1. 

Application ($75*) February 1
Deposit ($600):  March 4
Final payment:  April 1

Application fee information:
The application fee is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. 

Program Fees:
2020 program fee:  $6500
2022 program fee:  TBD
Students are responsible for airfare, all meals included.

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here​

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

Program Features:

  • All meals
  • On-site orientation
  • Transportation to/from Cape Town airport
  • Housing
  • Excursions and admittance fees for excursions
  • Service-learning program
  • Wifi
  • CISI insurance
  • On-site support services
  • W&M credits 
  • Fulfills COLL 300


  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.

Click to view the 
Cape Town Handbook 2020.pdf
Click to view theSummer Abroad Handbook 2020.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 12/01/2021 12/20/2021 07/03/2022 07/31/2022
NOTE: Start dates refer to date of student's arrival to program, and end dates refer to date of student's departure from program.