Unique program with practical experience in the community

This is a unique opportunity for those interested in developing a career in public health or medical fields. You’ll explore public health and development challenges in South Africa through a hands-on mobile clinic experience in Cape Town's townships, delivered by the developmental organization, SHAWCO. In doing so, you’ll learn about the history of community development in Cape Town, with reference to the wider debates in development and healthcare provision in South Africa.

You’ll spend about 10 hours each week, supervised by SHAWCO's skilled South African health professionals, and getting to know patients and caregivers.

This program offers a rare opportunity to learn about healthcare provision and nursing in the developing world from a hands-on vantage point.

  • Arcadia’s Cape Town Center staff will give you all the support you need, helping you settle in to the culture, way of life and program challenges.

  • This program gets you out learning in the community and gaining practical skills and experience to boost your resume for graduate school and your career.

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery, fascinating culture and friendly people of this magnificent country – a truly life-changing experience.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2016 6/8/2016 7/16/2016 5 $7,750 3/1/2016 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details


South Africa

Language of Instruction



Cape Town

Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in South Africa are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

Health & Safety