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, cosmopolitan 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 townships that surround the city.
At CIEE’s Global Institute – Cape Town, students will have unmatched flexibility to design a study abroad program that offers maximum immersion and intensive study.
Elon students are allowed to study in Cape for a minimum of two blocks, Block I and II (12 weeks) or a maximum of three blocks, Block I, II and III (18 weeks). In the case that students elect to study for three blocks, students shall be allowed to exceed the 20 credit hour maximum normally extended to semester study abroad students at Elon, up to 24 credits.
Students participating in the Open Campus program will be prompted select an academic track during the application process and enroll in three six-week academic blocks per semester. Students enroll in two courses from their chosen academic track* per academic block, having the choice of two or three electives from dozens of courses across a range of academic disciplines. Add an optional academic project to further enrich studies.
*Students will be prompted to choose a track as part of their application, however they can also select “no preference: multi-disciplinary.” Regardless of selected track, students can choose their courses from among all offered courses. Study Tours and Academic Projects are designed to align with track themes.
Communications, Journalism, and New Media
International Relations and Political Science
Language, Literature, and Culture
See the curriculum listed on the CIEE brochure for available courses for each track.
CIEE courses are open only to CIEE students. Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, in addition to required excursions that complement coursework.
Students are graded on class participation, attendance, homework assignments, and projects exams, and/or presentations. CIEE reports grades U.S.-style, with letter grades.
- 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.
- 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-August to mid-December
Spring semester - mid-February to mid-May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon. Full program cost information is posted on the budget sheets (coming soon).
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.
Living with a South African family is the best way to maximize cultural immersion. Families live throughout the Cape Town area, and students take public transportation to and from the Global Institute.
Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Students are responsible for lunch on weekdays.
Students share apartments above the Global Institute with other CIEE participants and Resident Assistants (RAs). There is a combination of both single and double rooms within the apartments. These are allocated randomly. Students share kitchen and other facilities with five to 10 students. All residents of the apartments share basic cleaning duties.
Students are responsible for all meals. They can prepare their own meals at their apartment, or eat at the many restaurants on the Global Institute block.
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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Global Ambassadors 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 Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!