Study Abroad in Cape Town

Connect-123 partners with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to offer a unique Social Entrepreneurship study abroad program during the US Spring Semester. Students in this international study program will enjoy learning about social entrepreneurship in a dynamic and challenging environment.

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This semester long international study program gives undergraduate students an insight into the power of social enterprise. Cape Town, South Africa is home to many disadvantaged communities; the legacy of the apartheid system, lack of service delivery, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS have taken their toll. Against this backdrop the potential for businesses to uplift the communities around them is significant, and their impact can create real social change.

The Social Entrepreneurship program blends classroom-based and experiential learning by including a substantial internship/fieldwork component, which is linked with academic theory and regular mentoring sessions. The result? Real life action learning backed by academic theory.

This study abroad course is an opportunity to creatively apply and grow your personal skill set by solving actual social development challenges in Cape Town. 

Take a look at what previous program participants have to say about their experience on the Social Entrepreneurship program below and in this blog

'Participating in this project has allowed me to meet some extraordinary people, build lasting relationships, and develop a sense of purpose...Overall, learning has taken place on a daily basis in this course, ranging from trying to understand the needs in the community, to having meetings with best-practice organizations.'
                                           Jeffrey Prost-Green, Social Entrepreneurship Program 

'The Experiencing Entrepreneurship class and curriculum have been a life-changing experience that has helped to point the way ahead for where I want to invest the rest of my life... I have witnessed outstanding leadership and best-practice methods for uplifting a group of people...In every aspect I had hoped for, and in so many ways I never imagined, my expectations were exceeded.'
                                                             Eric Taft, Social Entrepreneurship Program 

'If you have any interest in going into the business world, I would definitely recommend spending a semester in Cape Town to prepare yourself to face the challenges the world has to throw at you.'
                                                      Hugh Moore, Social Entrepreneurship Program 

'Not only did I get to learn some pretty amazing concepts in class and meet some real entrepreneurs and learn from them, but I was also able to get my hands into some live projects that, for me, really cemented what I was learning...Unlike other study abroad opportunities where you just attend classes, Experiencing Entrepreneurship ensures that the work you do will be meaningful and having lasting impacts on the communities you work within.'
                                           Lorraine Chilimanzi, Social Entrepreneurship Program 

The Social Entrepreneurship study program in Cape Town runs once per year during the US Spring semester. Students register at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, and take three required courses.

The core course, Experiencing Entrepreneurship, sees students forming groups, rolling up their sleeves, and getting stuck into active, high-impact social development projects in and around Cape Town. Each project team moves from developing a problem definition statement to setting measurable deliverables, and then works towards well-defined team and/or individual deliverables required at key project milestones.

The primary means of learning is experiential: this action-learning is underpinned by regular ‘after action reviews’, lecture inputs, guest speakers and meetings with a mentor.

Two additional courses, taken alongside UCT Commerce students, complete the Social Entrepreneurship program. Business in Context addresses the triple bottom-line issues of ‘planet, people, and profit’ and introduces students to the South African business environment. Topics such as business structure, the role of emerging technology in emerging markets and corporate governance and management are also addressed.

Entrepreneurial Strategies explores routes to the creation and ownership of a venture and subsequent paths businesses take. The course follows the identification of potential business ideas; feasibility testing; establishment of organizations; paths of business development; needs analysis; funneling market research; implementation strategies; and strategic assessment.

The University of Cape Town issues a transcript reflecting credits earned at the end of semester, and typically students receive 12-16 transfer credits from their home university. On completion of the program they can expect to be able to:

  • Apply creative thinking process skills 
  • Apply action-learning to develop projects 
  • Apply best practice knowledge management principles. 

The program fee for the 2015 Cape Town study abroad program is $14,850, which includes the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Housing costs
  • Health insurance
  • Airport meet-and-greet and transfer
  • Full in-country orientation on arrival
  • Select social events throughout the semester
  • End of semester workshop on 'Communicating the Value of your Study Abroad Experience' with interview and resume advice

The program fee does not include airfare, books, food, or local transportation.

A $30 non-refundable study abroad application fee also applies. Pay this fee here now.

Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

Accommodation is provided for students in an apartment building in the center of Cape Town. Each student has a room of their own in an apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a twice monthly cleaning service and bedlinens and towels are supplied. Furthermore, apartments have a TV, DVD player and pay as you go wireless internet. The building itself has 24 hour security and a rooftop pool and small gym. Best of all, it's a ten minute walk from the nearest bus stop for the free UCT shuttle bus - which takes a stunning panoramic five mile journey along the side of Table Mountain to campus.

Study Abroad students immediately become part of the Connect-123 community of students, interns and volunteers - some of whom will have been living in Cape Town for several weeks or months already. Our housing model and social program is geared towards giving them every opportunity to meet people and make friends easily.

For a virtual tour see the video Cape Town Housing featured on this page or click here.

The social entrepreneurship program is hosted by South Africa's oldest university, the University of Cape Town (UCT), which was founded in 1829. Connect-123 is proud to be study abroad college partners with this distinguished South African seat of learning. Now widely recognized as one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions, UCT is home to the highest number of world-ranked researchers in the country. 

Faculties at UCT include Commerce, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Humanities and Science, as well as the Graduate School of Business. Over 15,000 undergraduates study towards their degree at UCT each year. The student population is vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse, drawn from countries throughout Africa and the rest of the world. With over 100 clubs and societies, there is ample opportunity for study abroad students to engage with their local counterparts and enjoy sporting, cultural and social activities on-campus. 

UCT's main campus, where Social Entrepreneurship students will attend lectures, is situated at the foot of Table Mountain's Devil's Peak, with stunning panoramic views of the city below. 

Selection Criteria
Connect-123’s Social Entrepreneurship study abroad program at the University of Cape Town requires students to innovate, create, and push their personal boundaries in an unfamiliar environment. We carefully select applicants from diverse backgrounds with energy, drive, and a healthy sense of adventure. We look for exceptional volunteer or work experience and references, strong academic records and excellent communication skills.
While the study abroad program is open to students from all disciplines, the topics covered would ideally suit those majoring in business, economics, marketing, international relations or political science or anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship.

The University of Cape Town requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for international students.
2015 Program Dates
Spring Semester:                        February to early June 2015
Application Deadline:                 October 1, 2014
Applying is easy - simply use the Enquire Now button on this page to make contact with us and we will schedule a phone conversation in order to learn more about you and further explore whether our Cape Town international study abroad program is a good match for you. We will ask you to submit an application form and pay the $30 non-refundable study abroad application fee application fee - as well as confirm with you the additional paperwork to be submitted. 

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