Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

SOUTH AFRICA, CIEE Stellenbosch, Sustainability and Community

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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 located about 45 minutes southeast of the city of Cape Town. Students begin the semester with a week at the Sustainability Institute, a working eco-village. CIEE students participate in community service projects in disadvantaged communitieis in and around the city including schools, NGO's, and public health sites. Giving back to the community 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.


When they are not living at the Eco-Village, students live in a University dormitory-style residence hall with other South African or other CIEE and international students. Meals are not included in the housing fees. They can be prepared in the dormitory or students can eat at the small restaurants and cafes around the city.

Clark Credit

Students should take 15-18 semester credits to receive at least four Clark units per semester. 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 2015-16

  • Housing - $2165
  • Meals - $1800
  • *Personal Expenses - $1800
  • Airfare (based on US East Coast departure) - $1800
  • Visa fee - $133
  • Books and Supplies - $250
  • Local transportation - $120
  • Potential travel to consulate for visa - $500
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

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.