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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Cape Town Collage

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** Please note this program is not running in Summer 2021.

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 a Global Studies Internship that contributes to a cultural immersion experience.

Past participants have lived in hostels, program housing, or 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.

Course Information:
Students will take two 3 credit courses and one 1 credit course. All Summer 2021 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.

Watch a program video for the Summer 2021 program here

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

Arrival date: early July, 2020
Departure date: early August, 2020

Application ($75*) February 1
Deposit ($600):  March 12
Final payment:  April 1

*A $75 application fee applies. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2020 program fee:  $6500
2021 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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.