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Arcadia Center Programs & Partner Institution Updates

Last Updated: March 27

Arcadia in Cape Town

  • Arcadia in Cape Town students will complete the Cornerstone course, SMCI 310 “Introducing South Africa: History, Politics & Culture,” through online instruction and assessment.
  • Communication from the faculty member is forthcoming, and will address the schedule for resuming classes and any required changes to the course syllabus.
  • Students should plan to engage with coursework and final assessments until the scheduled end of the program.
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University of Cape Town

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a countrywide lockdown, commencing at midnight, Thursday, 26 March, until 16 April 2020. UCT requires every student – including those with prior permission to stay – to return home as soon as possible. It is now a legal imperative that all residences close.

  • UCT plans to begin online teaching on Monday 27 April, following an orientation to the online learning space from 20 April.

    The schedule for Term 2 (teaching weeks 6 – 12) will be:

    • Learning Online Orientation for students: 20-24 April
    • Teaching begins online: Monday, 27 April
    • Last day of teaching: Friday 12 June
  • Classes will resume through UCT’s online course platform, Vula. A list of courses available for online learning will be released before teaching resumes online. 

    If you are not able to complete a course online, UCT will remove this course from your record and you will remain eligible to return for a future semester in the Semester Study Abroad (SSA) programme with a full tuition fee waiver.

  • The end-of-semester exam session has been cancelled.  Instead, assessment will be continuous throughout the term with online courses graded on a pass/fail basis.

    If your university requires you to have a percentage grade outcome, please write to so we can make arrangements for your assignments to be graded separately.

  • The University has a dedicated webpage for Coronavirus updates.
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University of the Western Cape

  • South Africa will go on lockdown from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight on 16 April 2020, to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • UWC has been on break since Monday, March 16, which is scheduled to last until the scheduled resumption of courses online by April 17.
  • A Flexible Learning and Teaching Plan, which envisages online teaching from 17 April 2020 and beyond, will be communicated on Thursday afternoon, 26 March 2020. 
  • The University has a dedicated webpage for Coronavirus updates.
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