Cape Town 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 2017 students will be enrolled in:
ANTH XXX: Post-Apartheid (3 credits)
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.