Arcadia has been offering study abroad programs in South Africa since 2007, capturing academically rewarding curricula with partner institutions for students and matching it with exceptional experiential education. The Arcadia Cape Town Center is located on the campus of the University of Cape Town, in the Ivan Tom’s Building, which sits between the upper campus and the Medical School campus of UCT. This new facility is a convenient resource for Cape Town students and enhances communication and support for students at partner institutions elsewhere in South Africa.

For students of economics, humanities or the sciences we offer world class education through our academic partners but also opportunities to be engaged in community service ranging from working with children or assisting in women’s shelters. The core class we offer will help you to understand the complexities of the country but also give you the tools to begin to make sense of life in Cape Town, with all its diversity, challenges and opportunities.

It’s not just the beauty and outdoor activities that capture the hearts of travelers to South Africa. The country exudes cultural diversity, natural wonders, community development, political change and a general vibrancy about the people and the place. During your weekends and holidays, you may choose to take advantage of the wide array of adventure sports and other activities available within close proximity to your institution's location. In Cape Town, we aim to complement your adventures by organizing excursions and field study to local cultural events such as theater evenings, music festivals, and lectures by national leaders.

Resident Director

Our Resident Director in South Africa, Dr. Alan Jansen, and our Office and Housing Administrator, Marsha Lipari, drive all of our programming, institutional relations, in-country health & safety, orientation and support for students in South Africa. We offer 6 different programs covering semester, academic year and summer terms and our own core course: Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture. This course is intended to provide a forum for reflection and analysis on current issues and challenges facing South Africans. All Arcadia students, except those studying at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, take this core course.

  • Every Arcadia program in South Africa offers opportunities for reflection through the academic experience in the classroom, excursions, field study and research and co-curricular learning activities.
  • Whether you are near to Cape Town or further afield - our staff are key resources at your disposal. This includes helping you communicate with your institution on academic, administrative or practical matters - our long-standing partner relationships will enhance the experience you have here.