Program Overview

Take your studies, your future career, and your travels to the next level in Cape Town. Intern in South Africa during the semester or summer in this energetic, funky city. We’ll tailor your internship placement to match your professional and personal interests. Known as the “Mother City,” Cape Town is hugged by a sparkling bay and the impressive Table Mountain. Between Cape Town’s pristine beaches, history, popular vineyards, and exhilarating safaris, you’ll be sure to find intrigue and adventure every single day.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 1 | February 15
Fall: May 15 | June 15
Spring: September 1 | October 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Customized internship placement in Cape Town and the surrounding townships
  • Multi-day orientation to help you transition into Cape Town life
  • Weekly activities in the program to keep you active and engaged
  • Flexible duration: eight or twelve weeks
  • Opportunities to connect with other international interns and students through planned social activities

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

These are a few of our Art and Design placements that you are able to intern with.
There are many more options though, just contact an advisor to learn more!

Intern at Graphic Design Company
Gain insight into a geographically unique industry—here at the southern tip of Africa, we have distinctly different influences from the rest of the world. Our digital design work draws from our local flavor and the pool of creativity that is endemic to Cape Town. As an intern, you'll be able to learn from our perspective even as you influence it.
Photography Intern at Media Company
This internship puts you on location in South Africa, where you'll assist with photography and media work in a range of locations, from the beach to a balcony overlooking the city. Expect to work as a team and gain valuable, hands on experience while working alongside the film crew.
Graphic Design Intern at Print and Digital Magazine
Put your graphic design skills to work under the supervision of a South African art director. You’ll source and edit appropriate images for projects, check quality of images in preparation for print, and develop creative ideas. You'll have the opportunity to learn from professionals about how to liaise with both the editorial team and our clients to obtain design approval, making changes as required and often on a tight deadline.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Cape Point Nature Reserve

This reserve marks the southwestern-most tip of the continent. Enjoy dramatic views, deserted beaches, and fantastic hiking trails.

Boulder's Beach

This sheltered beach is made up of gigantic granite boulders which provides calm waters for swimming. You’ll have to share the beach with the African penguins who nest there.

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Table Mountain

Ride up the cable car in Cape Town’s famed National Park. It won’t be hard to see why it’s called Table Mountain.

Life in Cape Town

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of South African life, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever heard of “Bobotie?”) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to South Africa.

Housing Options

You’ll live in a single-occupancy room within a shared residence with other CISabroad students. The residences are located within the city of Cape Town. Other international students might also live in your home. Restaurants, buses, and trains are all located within a close distance to the residence options. The commuting time to and from the internship varies, but you can expect to commute 20 to 40 minutes on average, although some internships require a slightly longer commute.

on the candy colored streets of cape town

Local Life

  • Festivals and Music Gigs: South Africans love their festivals! Every season offers something special, whether it’s music or fun events; it’s a great way to experience community.
  • Baphumelele Orphanage: Visit and volunteer at this local orphanage. Participate in their monthly art and yoga program.
  • Long Street: Lined with Bohemian coffee shops and bookstores, discover why this is the heartbeat of Cape Town’s city center.
  • V&A Waterfront Harbour: Take a stroll along the harbour, enjoying the sweeping views of the Atlantic.
  • Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood: Here you can learn how to cook local Cape cuisine!
  • Greenmarket Square: Shop in this local market and get great bargains for Pan-African crafts.

More About Cape Town

Cape Town is one of South Africa's most stunningly beautiful cities. The impressive Table Mountain rises over the city, where cable cars give you tremendous views of the South African coastline. The city itself is cosmopolitan, with easy access to shopping, nature, professional sports, and plenty of beaches.

Cape Town is one of three capital cities of South Africa—the other two being Pretoria and Bloemfonteim—and serves as the legislative branch of government. The city has also played host to major sporting events, including the semifinal matches of the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Cape Town offers a wealth of opportunities for all kinds of travelers. Vineyards dot the countryside and produce some of the world's best wines. If you're a history buff or interested in the cultural side of South Africa, visit museums like Robben Island and District Six Museum. Finally, you can take a guided safari tour, explore one of the many nature reserves, relax on one of the pristine South African beaches, or spend the afternoon greeting penguins who call the region their home.

Student Feedback

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CISabroad was so helpful and instrumental in helping me achieve a lifelong dream of going to Africa. I will miss everything about my experience in South Africa. The food was amazing, the views were perfect, and the people were of a different caliber. I miss my fellows that I conquered South Africa alongside. They definitely made the experience unique.

Porchia Bradford - Hampton University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    February 7
    April 7 | May 5
    $5,390 - $6,290
  • Summer 2018: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    May 9
    July 7 | August 11
    $5,490 - $6,290
  • Summer 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    June 6
    August 4 | September 1
    $5,490 - $6,290
  • Fall 2018: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    September 5
    September 6 - 7
    November 3 | December 1
    $5,490 - $6,290
  • Fall 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    October 3
    October 4 - 5
    December 1 | December 29
    $5,490 - $6,290
  • Spring 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    September 1
    January 16 (Estimated)
    March 16 | April 13 (Estimated)
    $5,390 - $6,290 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing in a communal house with single room
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program