Modern South Africa is a complex place. South Africa emerged from the apartheid era with the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994, but the legacy of apartheid is still strongly felt. Cape Town, nicknamed "the Mother City" because of its role in the history of South Africa, is a city of about 3.5 million people situated on the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town is a modern, cosmopoliton city that still bears the scars of the apartheid era. The city's most striking feature is Table Mountain, a 1,000-foot high volcanic mountain that dominates views from all parts of the city. Students studying in Cape Town will contrast the beauty of downtown Cape Town with views of Robben Island just in the harbor and the plight of the people in the many townships that surround the city.
Students on the Cape Town: Arts & Sciences program will take courses at the University of Cape Town (UCT). UCT is an English-speaking university, the oldest university in South Africa, and is widely regarded as the best university in sub-saharan Africa.
Students will earn between 16-18 hours of credit on 3-5 courses during a semester on the program depending on the credit structure of the individual classes taken. Students will be able to choose from all of the disciplines available at UCT with the exception of the health sciences, but should have some flexibility in course scheduling as some courses may be full or require prerequisites.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy. Students must take a full course load according to the program.
- View the course listings for this program.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
Fall semester – mid-July to mid-November
Spring semester – late January to early June
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.
Students can live in either residence halls with South African students or homestays. Meals are not included in the residence halls, but students who choose the homestay option will have breakfast and dinner provided on weekdays.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, at which time students will apply to CIEE. Final acceptance will come from CIEE.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.
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Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
|I took Culture, Identity and Globalization in Africa. This course opened up my eyes and mind to how America is perceived in Africa. Because of this class I am a more global thinker. I do not only think of how a situation effects me or this country, but rather how I think of how situations impact the world. I'm am very thankful to have taken that class abroad because of the different perspectives that were presented.|
|— Courtney Vaughn, Fall 2013|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2021-2022||02/11/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall||2021||02/11/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
NOTE: Early Action Period: Oct. 6 - Nov. 19. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by Dec. 8 and Elon Global Scholarship support by January.
Rolling Period: Dec. 10 - Feb. 11. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the Elon Global Scholarship questionnaire by Feb. 11 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of Elon Global Scholarship support by April.
Applications lock on deadline day after 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants must click “submit” in their application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time to meet the deadline.
All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit refund deadline, Apr. 16. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.
The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.
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