Study where student activism made powerful democratic change

Study abroad at the University of the Western Cape would open up an array of exciting course options to you, in an historic and beautiful setting. Since its ground-breaking foundation in 1959, UWC played a pivotal role in the development of democratic South Africa. You’ll notice President Nelson Mandela appointed many prominent faculty and alumni to his cabinet and Archbishop Desmond Tutu once served as Vice-Chancellor.

Located 15 miles from Cape Town city center, the University has its own train station and access to an abundance of outdoor activities in the stunning surrounding landscape. You'll settle in easily with a large variety of clubs, societies and facilities to enjoy; such as rim flow, Olympic sized swimming pool, radio society and the student newspaper. 

While liberal arts and humanities hold an important place at UWC, equally as important and strong are the faculties dedicated to practical fields such as education, law and health sciences. 

When I came to South Africa as an international student, I knew I would want to get involved in the local community as a volunteer. ... I saw this as an opportunity to gain skills that could be applied to my future career. ”

Honah Thompson

Chapman University Student, University of Western Cape

  • All courses are taught in English with the exception of advanced language courses.

  • This leading research and teaching institution is internationally renowned for its International Ocean Institute.

  • In addition to your coursework at UWC, you will participate in the Arcadia Cornerstone course: Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture, which is intended to provide a forum for reflection and analysis on current issues and challenges facing South Africans.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Academic Year 2016 7/6/2016 7/20/2017 24-32 $21,600 4/1/2016 More Info
Spring 2017 2/18/2017 7/20/2017 12-16 $13,100 10/15/2016 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2017 2/18/2017 12/14/2017 24-32 $21,400 10/15/2016 More Info
Academic Year 2017 TBA TBA 24-32 $21,350 4/20/2017 More Info
Fall 2017 7/29/2017 12/14/2017 12-16 $12,500 4/20/2017 More Info
Spring 2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA 10/15/2017  
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA 10/15/2017  

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



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