This program offers a wide variety of courses in African language and literature, Afrikaans and Netherlandic studies, archaeology, art history, chemistry, classics, dance, drama, economics, environmental science, fine art, gender studies, geological sciences, history, life science, linguistics, management studies, math, statistics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, social anthropology, and sociology.
The University of Cape Town requires that students take between 72 and 90 NQF credits1 NQF credit = 0.222 U.S. semester / 0.333 quarter credits (rounded to the nearest half credit). This means that students will be taking the equivalent of 16 - 18 credits on the program (Penn State
requires that students enroll for the equivalent of at least 15 US credits). For students who wish to take more than 82 NQF credits, you will need to consult with your academic adviser and the Education Abroad Academic Coordinator to confirm that you are able to take 20 credits during the semester abroad.
Students are required to enroll in at least one course with specific African content or one that offers a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest, plus additional elective courses. All of your courses will be taken with University of Cape Town students. To see what kinds of courses you can take on this program, please visit the CIEE website. Field trips are also offered as part of this program.
Important: Final acceptance decisions for this program must be made by the host institution/program director rather than by Penn State. As such, students should expect to be notified of final acceptance later than students who have applied for other programs.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Students are required to register for the equivalent of at least 15 Penn state credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Cape Town Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students must meet the minimum GPA of 3.0 to participate in this program
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE; students have several options, including UCT residence hall, apartment or homestay. Students who choose to live in the UCT residence hall or apartment will be responsible for all meals. Students who choose a homestay will be responsible for lunches during the week (all other meals are included).
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the (Falland Spring) budget sheets. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Since students can enroll in varying amounts of credits on this program, the summer tuition rates vary according to the number of credits taken.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CIEE as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.