Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2024
    July 8, 2024 to November 24, 2024
  • Academic Year 2024-25
    July 8, 2024 to June 15, 2025
  • Spring 2025
    January 27, 2025 to June 15, 2025


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:



Opportunity Description

Be an active participant in the hope-triumphs-over-oppression culture of Cape Town. Become involved in many ways while taking classes at UCT.

Established as South African College in 1829, UCT is internationally recognized as Africa’s leading research university, with beautiful grounds and attractive buildings. The UCT campus includes a range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities.

Students participate in cultural components, and are strongly encouraged to participate in community service.

Previous college-level coursework in African Studies strongly recommended.

What is unique about this program?

  • Take all your courses at the University of Cape Town with local and international students
  • Choose from a wide range of course offerings at the University of Cape Town in commerce, engineering, humanities, and science
  • Immerse yourself in the culture through a township homestay, the CIEE community service program, and independent study opportunities
  • Live, interact, and study with African students in a society in transition
  • Visit local theater, music, and dance productions, museums, rural cooperatives, and cricket and rugby matches

What is unique about Cape Town?

Near the southern-most tip of Africa, Cape Town is all about the wonders of nature – and the fallout of a complicated history that make this a society in transition. Experience it all, with strong academics, links to Cape Town peers and communities, historical site visits, and time to explore on your own. It is an experience that is sure to stick with you for life.  

Things to consider before applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors
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How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)