Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa
Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town was founded in 1652—South Africa's oldest city. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a backdrop of flat-topped Table Mountain juxtaposed by the sweep of the Atlantic Ocean in the foreground. Hike or take a cable-car ride up Table Mountain to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and peninsula, take a ferry to the historic Robben Island, or visit the Cape of Good Hope.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language Requirement: NONE
At the time of participation in the program, students must have completed the first semester of their sophomore year.
- Courses in English
- Courses with Locals
- Gap Programs (post high school study for credit)
Students participating in the Veritas in Cape Town program will attend the University of Cape Town.
THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Established in 1829 as a school for boys, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university and one of the continent's leading teaching and research institutions. The University of Cape Town is officially recognized as an educational institution by the Republic of South Africa's Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). In 2013, QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities all ranked The University of Cape Town as the highest of any African university.
The main teaching campus, known as Upper Campus is centered on UCT's iconic Jameson Hall. This breathtaking location looks out onto the city and up at Devil's Peak. Upper Campus is home to the majority of academic buildings and the Veritas Cape Town office. UCT student will get to enjoy over 30 different social clubs and sports throughout the semester.
About the City
Cape Town, with a history dating as far back as the late 1400s, lies at the African continent's southern-most point. This marvelously unique city is a cultural melting pot, with a diverse and vibrant population influenced by Zulu, Xhosa, and other African tribes, as well as Dutch, British, German, French, and Indonesian settlers. Due to its natural topography, Cape Town boasts a variety of breathtaking landscapes in which distinct neighborhoods and districts of the city have developed. From the beach houses of Camps Bay to the Bo Kaap Muslim neighborhood at the foot of Lion's Head Peak, to the high-rise apartments of downtown, something new is always just around the corner. The diverse people, exotic landscapes, and exciting cultural history make Cape Town an ideal place to study abroad.
Students live in a Student Residence, similar to dorm-style living, conveniently located near campus on a university shuttle bus route. Rooms are typically single or double occupancy with shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities.
Veritas works closely with the International Academic Programs Office (IAPO) at UCT to choose the appropriate accommodation for your semester in Cape Town. We allocate students' rooms in a carefully selected group of apartments close to the UCT campus. Your specific housing allocation will be forwarded to you approximately two weeks before your departure. You will share your conveniently-located residence with other Veritas and ISA students. The self-catering accommodation allows you the greatest amount of flexibility. As it is off-campus accommodation, we strongly encourage you to become an active part of campus life in order to take advantage of the many social and cultural activities at UCT.
All accommodations are within walking distance from campus or students can catch the university shuttle bus called the Jammie on a lower campus shuttle stop.
Coastal Cape Town ranks as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Despite its beauty, South Africa’s history of hardship and apartheid has created a lasting impression on the city and its people. While the country grows united and progresses to greater achievements, many still seek a message of hope.
Veritas students may have the opportunity to do campus outreach at the university, get involved with house churches and Bible studies, partner with local church plants, connect with kids through VBS and children’s ministry, or work with underprivileged families to build relationships and meet the needs of the community. Students will grow in their faith as they discover what it means to be an international missionary, serve others, and gain a global perspective. The Mission Mentor disciples Veritas students in their experiences through prayer, reflection, and spiritual support as well as connects them to ministry partners and local churches.
The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum provides a great opportunity to reinforce the cross-cultural missions experience in-country. Students will receive college credits for the reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research which enhance the overall experience.