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Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition—how to successfully operate within a global economy, while grappling with the vast socio-economic inequalities that are the legacy of its colonial and apartheid past.
Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students live in a house near campus with fellow CIEE program participants. Students generally have small single rooms and share facilities with other students, all of whom share basic cleaning duties. A small number of students share double rooms. Students are responsible for their own meals, which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals in the residence or eat at establishments on or off campus. Local UCT students (CIEE resident assistants) are selected to live in the residence with CIEE students.
CIEE Resident Assistants - Resident assistants (RAs) are a dedicated group of UCT students who assist CIEE students during orientation and throughout the semester. Through ongoing interaction with these local students, CIEE participants are able to meet local South African and international students and learn firsthand about student life in Cape Town. These local students, recruited and trained by CIEE, are an important part of the study abroad experience. RAs assist with cultural excursions and live with CIEE students in the residence, providing a reliable local peer network and helping CIEE students integrate into the local student community.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
Since 1947, CIEE has engaged in fulfilling its mission “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.” The Service-Learning program serves this mission by providing a framework for students to fulfill their educational and personal goals, while bridging relationships in the communities in which their learning takes place. In this sense, service-learning closes the circle on an experiential learning cycle, while providing benefits to all those who are touched by the program.
The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) defines service-learning as, “A method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community, and is coordinated with an institution of higher education and the community; helps foster civic responsibility; is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled; and includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience.”
This program is built upon the four core principles of service-learning, with each component of the program addressing one or more of the principles:
4. Public Dissemination
The program runs during the fall and spring semesters and consists of 16 semester credits based upon five main components:
1. A Social Research Methods course
2. A course focusing on poverty and development issues in South Africa
3. A community-development project in a local NGO, school, or other service organization
4. An academic service-learning capstone project, which draws upon all of the other elements of the program
5. Language training that is appropriate to the communities where service is performed
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
40-45 contact hours = 3 GT credits
Grades are on the basis of 100. A “First” is equivalent to 75% and above. Very few students achieve this mark. Students who receive marks that fall between 70 and 74% are awarded the grade of “Upper Second.” A good number of students achieve this mark. The next mark is “Lower Second” with a range of 60 to 69%. The majority of students achieve this mark. Students with 50 to 59% receive a “Third” (passing grade). Students achieving a mark below 50% receive a “Fail.” Grades and credits are converted to the U.S. system according to a standard scale.
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.