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Program Description:
ACES Study and Intern in South Africa
Semester Program
Cape Town, South Africa

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Program Overview
The Cities of Cape Town
Academic Environment
Program Cost
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Pre-Departure Resources
Contact Information 

Program Overview
This program in South Africa provides students the opportunity to study  and intern in Cape Town. Coursework at the University of Western Cape provides the foundation for understanding historical and contemporary South Africa. Students will enroll in 2 courses at UWC, and internship course and complete an internship placement throughout the semetser.  Students will not only gain an understanding of current affairs in South Africa, but also valuable professional experience. This program is available for the spring semester and is open to all majors. 

To participate on the program you must be an Illinois undergraduate and have a GPA of at least 2.5.

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The City Cape Town
Cape Town certainly lives up to its reputation as South Africa’s ‘Mother City’. The natural landscapes of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head combined with its multicultural atmosphere make Cape Town unlike many places on Earth; however, the stunning panorama is a severe juxtaposition to areas like Gugulethu or Khayelitsha, which are among the most visible reminders of post-apartheid socio-economic inequality.
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Academic Environment
Where you will study

The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a quality place to grow.  It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and research.  The University of the Western Cape has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination, and disadvantage.  Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa's historic change; playing a distinctive academic role in helping to build an equitable and dynamic nation. UWC's key concerns with access, equity and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation.
University of Western Cape Website

Students will be able to choose courses from a prescribed list at UWC that focus primarily on social sciences, humanities and lanugages (Zulu, Xhosa or Afrikaans) All students will also take HDFS 450, International Internship Practicum, taught by a local UIUC instructor.
Internship placements will be made through Volunteer Adventure Corps (VAC). VAC has partnerships with hundreds of internship placements in Cape Town.  Placements will vary according to each student’s academic and professional goals. To learn more, check out the following videos: Language
English is one of eleven official languages of South Africa. All coursework will be in English.
In Cape Town, students will be placed within VAC’s housing options. All houses consist of a number of private single bedrooms with a shared kitchen and shared bathrooms. The houses and rooms are fully furnished and equipped, including the kitchen. Each house has WIFI available. 
To learn more about VAC housing, check out this video. Apartments are self catered, as it's easy for students to by groceries or visit the many restaurants in Obs.  To learn more about Observatory, the neighborhood where you will live as an intern, click here.

Additional Resources

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Program Cost and Advance Fees
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.

See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college.  More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
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 Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
 To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.
More information about passports and visas can be found at
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 Application Process
First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires
After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application. 
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines listed below.  Online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date while paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.

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 Pre-Departure Resources
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, HDFS 379 (2 credits); LAS 291 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, HDFS 379 for 2 credits and LAS 291 for one credit.  During the courses, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 

Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also  

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Contact Information
ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 10/10/2017
Rolling Admission 02/05/2018 06/15/2018
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed