Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

SOUTH AFRICA, CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community Program

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Program Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Duration: Fall or Spring
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community Program is located in a college-town setting at the University of Stellenbosch. It is southeast of the city of Cape Town. The University provides opportunity to study in all academic disciplines. CIEE students attending the University are highly encouraged to participate in community engagement and volunteerism throughout the city and to become familiar with the transformation of South Africa through first-hand experience. Situated in the Winelands area of South Africa, students enjoy a small city setting with easy access to the larger city of Cape Town only an hour away. Giving aback to the communities in which their learning takes place is an important part of the program.

This program is appropriate for student interested in learning how to build sustainable communites and those who have a strong interest in learning about ecology, natural resource management, community development, and sustainable agriculture in contemporary South Africa.

Students have two housing choices:

University Residence Halls — Students live in a University dormitory-style residence hall with other South African or other CIEE and international students. Meals can be enjoyed at the dormitory dining hall. These dorms are located in the central part of the campus.

Students may also elect to live in the apartment-style residence hall. Student in the apartment-style living quarters live with other CIEE students and international students. These residence halls are a short walk from the campus. Students live in single rooms with a private bathroom and shared kitchen and living space with 2-3 other students. Cleaning duties are shared by the students. Students prepare their own meals or dine in local establishments.

Off-Campus Houses or Apartments — Students share off-campus houses or apartments near campus with fellow CIEE participants and with local students. Students have small single rooms (some houses have a small number of double rooms) and share kitchen and other facilities with five to 10 other students (fewer in apartments). All of the residents of the houses or apartments share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals, and can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive the equivalent of four units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All students are required to take one core course related to South Africa and its transition. Students should be flexible in their course selection as courses may vary somewhat from semester to semester. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE study abroad program eligiblity requirements in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not included. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees while in Stellenbosch for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2014-15

  • Housing - $2475
  • Meals - $1800
  • *Personal Expenses - $1800
  • Air travel (based on US East Coast departure) - $1750
  • Visa fee - $90
  • Books and Supplies - $250
  • Local transportation - $120

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.