Semester in South Africa

Program Information

Our Semester in South Africa offers you an amazing study abroad experience in an exotic destination. Our program is housed at Stellenbosch University. Ideally situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the university is also at the core of Stellenbosch, the country’s oldest college town. You will enjoy a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters in a melting pot of cultures and languages while you study abroad in South Africa.

A land of adventure – Many regard South Africa as the adventure capital of the world. Are you interested in the highest bungee jump on the planet, diving with great white sharks, or making a safari to see the Big 5?

Classes in South Africa’s oldest college town – Stellenbosch University is recognized as one of the top four research universities in South Africa and the university's professors are internationally acclaimed.

Learning Service & Community Engagement Course - In the classroom, you will develop an understanding of the issues affecting community life in South Africa. You then have the opportunity to participate in a service-learning project in your new community.

Clubs and student organizations – You can debate South African politics with the Political Club, learn to sail with the yacht club, or take up Rugby. If you’re a go-getter and you don’t find a campus club that suits you, you can start your own!

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in South Africa, then check out our Semester in South Africa program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • South Africa Orientation 
  • See some of the world’s best safaris 
  • Excursions around Cape Town and the Stellenbosch Winelands 
  • Extensive adventure opportunities 
  • Classes at a world-renowned university 
  • Innovative curriculum: courses in liberal arts, science, business, social science, languages, and more 
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus


Semester in South Africa students will be living in one of the two international student accommodations which are only a 5-10 minute walk from the heart of campus. All of the apartments will have a shared kitchen, bathroom, and living space and each of the students will have their own room. These apartments are self-catered which means students will need to either prepare their own meals or eat out. The university offers a student center where students spend time together and also visit the many coffee shops, restaurants, bars, food court, clothing stores, banks, bookstores, and adventure and travel stores located inside. Students will receive kitchen utensils and bed linens as well as a bed, desk, chair, dining table and chairs, and a wardrobe for clothes. Living on campus will allow you to explore the area at your own pace; you will be in a great position to learn more about the South African culture and the people-- this will only enhance your study abroad experience!


Courses include cultural studies, drama, economics, English, environmental studies, forest science, history, music, and sociology, among others.

For a full list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

3-4 courses (12-16 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English and Afrikaans

Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: January 20
End Date: June 28

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: July 14
End Date: December 12

Program Fee

Spring 2014:


Fall 2014:


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Ohio University South Africa Orientation
  • Excursions to Cape Town and the Stellenbosch Winelands
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Stellenbosch University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application 
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“We were introduced to a few Afrikaans traditions, of Sokkie (which is a style of dancing) and Braii (which is the way they bar-b-q) the people were very friendly. My experience was life changing and I would like to return one day.”

Bonnie F.