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UConn Learning Communities Summer in Cape Town (Faculty-led)

A four-week summer study abroad trip open to residents of all UConn Learning Communities and other interested students.

Mid-May through Mid-June

The Program

Since the early 1990s, South Africa has witnessed sweeping changes in its political and cultural landscape. Once stigmatized as a racist regime and egregious violator of human rights, it is now celebrated as one of the most tolerant nations on earth with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. South Africa’s constitution is indeed the only one with specific language on women’s rights, children’s rights, workers’ rights, health care rights, education rights, and environmental and conservation justice.

Cape Town is a magnificently beautiful city nestled between sandy beaches and gorgeous mountains that provide the setting for this UConn Summer Study Abroad. This program includes a 3-credit foreign study course that incorporates a 9-day service-learning component selected to meet the individual interests and goals of each participant. Building on previous relationships with supervisors at a multitude of nonprofit organizations established by Cape Town native and study abroad coordinator, Rev. Vernon Rose, students become immersed in the work of a wide array of placement sites.

The Academics

WGSS 3993: Service Learning in Cape Town (3 credits)

This 4-week experiential learning course will include reading and writing assignments to help situate Cape Town experiences within a broader social context. Through lectures, guest speakers, films, and cultural events designed to provide insight into the history and politics of South Africa, this class will enable students to analyze time spent living, learning, and working abroad to better understand the multiple ways in which race and gender, as social constructs, continue to be shaped by key social institutions such as government, media, religion, education, health care, economic systems, and culture both here and abroad. By creating a study abroad learning community to provide a structured environment to reflect upon cross-cultural competencies and personal identity development, co-educators will collectively process new skills and knowledge to help integrate their international travel with their current academic plans and future profession goals.

The Experience

Participants in this program live in a fully-furnished house, within easy access to public transportation, located in Cape Town’s southern suburb of Rondebosch, a primarily residential area, with a medium-size shopping area, a small business district, and the main campus of the University of Cape Town. In addition to the course work and service learning opportunity this Study Abroad Program offers: a week long orientation which includes visits to historic and cultural sites of interest such as Robben Island; a three day home-stay to experience everyday life with a local family; and a two day trip to a game reserve to see the animals for which South Africa is famous.


Please note that financial aid, other than certain scholarships, cannot be applied to the cost of this 3-credit program. Students must be enrolled for at least six credits during the summer to be eligible for summer financial aid. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd Year Academic area:
Language of instruction: Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: Required GPA: 2.5