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Change in Modern South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Living Arrangements


  • Double room in the Little Scotia Guest House in the Rondebosch neighborhood walking distance to the classroom (Cape Town)
  • Thorntree River Lodge (Zambia)
  • Wi-Fi included in room and common areas
  • Tea/coffee, air conditioning, mini safe, and hair dryer in each room
  • Laundry service available
  • Mall, gym, library, and restaurants nearby
  • Our program partner will accept roommate requests during the pre-departure process. Roommate requests cannot be guaranteed and must be mutual. Each student must request the other student in writing separately. The request must include the PID and first and last name for both students.
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.


Meals that are included:

  • Welcome dinner
  • Full English breakfast served daily
  • Farewell dinner

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom on Floor 1 of the Riverside Mall in Rondebosch
  • Wireless internet, study area, and limited printing available
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Transportation for all group excursions


  • For emergency contact purposes, all students must have a functioning mobile phone during the program. Students will receive advice during the pre-departure and on-site orientations about how to rent or purchase a SIM card or phone that will work in Cape Town.
  • The cost of a cell phone is not included in the program fee.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • An in-depth orientation will be given on the morning after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Travel insurance provided by RCM&D is included in the program fee.
  • All students must also register for UC travel insurance. This is free coverage, but registration is required prior to departure.

Drought In Cape Town - Feb 2, 2018 Message

The Global Seminar team would like to share a message from World Strides, our local partners in Cape Town, regarding the drought situation. We will be running the Global Seminar as planned.

Dear Cape Town Students,

As you prepare for your study abroad, you may be aware the city of Cape Town is experiencing a critical water shortage. This shortage is a product of unusually low winter rainfall over the last three years, which has resulted in substantially diminished reserves. The city government in Cape Town estimates that by April 22nd, based on current water usage, the city's water reservoirs will drop below the minimum level (13.5%) and taps will be turned off.  If this occurs, residents and visitors alike will still have access to water, but it will be rationed. The city of Cape Town is taking the situation very seriously and is working with local and international experts to manage the situation. 

As part of your preparations, we wanted to reach out to you and share some helpful tips for residing in areas experiencing drought conditions. These tips are as follows:

-Follow the guidelines and water conservation plans set forth by the city of Cape Town and your host university.

-Personal water usage is currently set at 23 gallons per day. Ways you can meet this requirement include, but are not limited to:

  • Limit showers to 2 minutes
  • Limit use of tap water and toilet flushing
  • Turn off water while brushing teeth and shaving
  • Limit the amount of laundry you do by only washing full loads of clothes (we recommend that you pack extra socks and undergarments since they tend to take up less space and cannot be worn twice before washing)
  • Carry and use hand sanitizer instead of water to keep hands clean (Remember, it's important to keep your hands clean to prevent spreading germs and getting sick!)

-Budget to purchase additional bottled water when you arrive

-Follow local news and guidance of local authorities

-Utilize the ISA Cape Town resident staff as a resource for your questions and concerns

Currently, ISA does not anticipate any disruptions to your program. Once you arrive in Cape Town, the ISA Cape Town resident staff will provide you with further information as part of your Bridging Cultures Program, including any additional conservation practices your host university may implement. To learn more before arriving, we suggest this article from the New York Times about how visitors to Cape Town can help during the water crisis.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any further questions.


LeeAnn Hill


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