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UConn Education in Cape Town, South Africa (Faculty-led)

The Program

Since the early 1990s, South Africa has undergone a rapid political and social transformation. With the elimination of apartheid came the formation of a new and inclusive South African government that is guided by one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. The country has also experienced a seismic shift in educational policy and practice. The Neag School of Education Cape Town Study & Teaching Abroad Program invites 5th year Integrated Bachelors’/Masters students to teach and research in this vibrant urban center, experiencing new, global perspectives on education and society.

The Academics

Working in a country with eleven different official languages, our students have access to a variety of high quality schools in Cape Town serving highly diverse populations at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Therefore, the program can tailor teaching internships to individual interests. Students will teach in schools and study educational theory and practice, exploring their connections to issues of race, culture, class, economics, politics, history, and human rights. Their experiences will directly connect to Neag’s focus on supporting global citizenship, social justice, equity, and cultural and linguistic diversity. (Foreign language proficiency is not an issue, as schools use English as a primary instructional language.)

The Experience

Program features include teaching internships in schools that serve the most economically disadvantaged students in the city; coursework on the history and politics of South Africa and their connection to educational practice and policy; and community action projects that immerse participants in the daily life and culture of Cape Town and its environs. Schools also offer rich opportunities to conduct school-based research that meets IB/M program requirements. Other features include educational excursions to Johannesburg, the seat of the country’s Constitutional Court, and to Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa.

Participants in this program ultimately develop new skills and conceptions of schooling that help them thrive in an extraordinary range of classrooms and social situations, with an expansive understanding of culture and global citizenship.


Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall
The Details

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

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 01/19/2018 02/16/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 4th+ Year, 5th Year, Graduate Student Academic area: Education
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3