Overall, South Africa is a safe study abroad destination. Most of the crimes that occur are considered "petty". The most common crime experienced by tourists is pickpocketing, so carefully watch your belongings in crowded areas of the city. Common sense teamed with taking time and effort for precautions will leave you plenty of time to enjoy your stay. While health insurance coverage is not required for visitors by the South African government, CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs.
Your academic experience at the University of Stellenbosch will be very similar to that of your home university. Classes will be small for optimal class discussions and personal attention from professors. Courses are offered in English and Afrikaans and will be taught by local and international faculty. Exams, written work, class attendance, and more, just like in the US, will make up your final letter grades for your courses.
You can live in one of the most exciting and beautiful places on the planet when you intern or study abroad in South Africa. You’ll stay in either Cape Town or Stellenbosch, two thriving, modern cities on the southern coast of South Africa! Study in a variety of subjects or complete an international internship in this vibrant country. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to go on safaris, participate in community development projects, and learn more about the rich history of South Africa.
For more details on CISabroad study abroad and intern abroad programs in South Africa, click here.
Official name of country: Republic of South Africa
Population: 49 million
Capital Cities: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative)
Time Difference: South Africa is +2 GMT, so it is 6 hours ahead of the east coast and 9 hours ahead of the west coast.
National Animal: Springbok
National Currency: Rand (ZAR)
National Flower: King Protea
National Motto: “Unity in Diversity”
Sports: In a country with such great diversity, sports in South Africa have proven that there is uniting power in cheering on the home team! The South Africans favorite sports tend to be soccer, rugby, and cricket. In 2009, there was even a major film, Invictus, made about South Africa’s rugby team winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup! They are also proud of their champion golfers, swimmers, and boxers. While studying in South Africa, get out and join the locals in supporting their favorite team!
Geography: South Africa is located on the very southern tip of Africa and it shares borders with Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. The geography of the country is made up mainly of flat, dry plains in the interior and lush vegetation along the coasts. Generally speaking, the climate of South Africa is semi-arid with hot days and cool evenings. In Stellenbosch, you’ll experience hot sunshine for most of the year with wet winters that rarely see snow.
Famous People: Nelson Mandela (politician), Alan Paton (author), Charlize Theron (actress), Miriam Makeba (singer), and Lyndon Ferns (Olympic swimmer).
Great Movies: Faith Like Potatoes; Invictus; Tsotsi; Cry, the Beloved Country; Promised Land; District 9.