Study where student activism made powerful democratic change

Study abroad at the University of the Western Cape opens up an array of exciting course options to you, in a historic and beautiful setting. Since its ground-breaking foundation in 1959, UWC played a pivotal role in the development of democratic South Africa and the demise of apartheid, South Africa's system of segregation on the grounds of race. 

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. 

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

  • While liberal arts and humanities hold an important place at UWC, equally as important and strong are education, law and health sciences. This leading research and teaching institution is also internationally renowned for its International Ocean Institute. 

  • All students will take the Arcadia Core Course to gain a solid understanding of this fascinating country and to encourage discussion of current events: Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture. 

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

  • Learn more about the Arcadia Cape Town Center.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2020 1/26/2020 7/16/2020 12-16 $14,130 10/15/2019 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2020 1/26/2020 11/26/2020 24-32 $23,330 10/15/2019 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



As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. 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