Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

University of Cape Town Global Academy 

Cape Town, South Africa

Summer 2019: 
June 17—July 12, 2019*



University of Cape Town (UCT) Global Academy will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. UCT’s diverse campus offers a dynamic and international community, and the program sets out to inspire students. Students will be exposed to new cultures, resulting in students challenging their perspectives and building new connections.

Students will be immersed in, and engage with, local communities. The courses offered through this program will present a comprehensive insight into South African history, politics, culture, social justice and entrepreneurship and will provide students the opportunity to reflect on their own society, the values of justice and social responsibility. Students will also participate in academic excursions to community and heritage sights, and discuss major issues facing the country, the African continent, and the world today.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the New Building, room 1.76.

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Afropolitanism: South African History & Politics (3 University of Cape Town credits): This course provides students an overview of historical and contemporary contexts in South Africa, offering a timeline of significant events that have shaped South African politics, culture and society. The course connects the past to the present, touching on: slavery; the history of San/Khoi dispossession in the Cape; colonialism; apartheid and resistance; culture, heritage and citizenship; post apartheid South African; and South African music, art and pottery. Students will gain an understanding of the way history influences the character of Cape Town and South Africa, and develop insights into the current African context, opportunities and challenges of transformation.      

Social Justice & Entrepreneurship (3 University of Cape Town credits): This course provides students an overview of social justice in the context of South Africa, looking into the root causes of injustices in society and examining concepts of wealth distribution, opportunities, resources and privileges. The course aims to help students develop an appreciation of the intersecting pressures on society that make social justice difficult to achieve, and to seek solutions within their own contexts. The course focuses on: social justice activism; seeking social justice and solutions through entrepreneurial ideas; groups and organisations; innovation in the arts and social justice in Africa; and social entrepreneurship.                                                                                 

Click here (pdf) for course syllabi

Students are required to take both classes as part of this study-abroad program.

  1. Minimum 2.8 GPA required
  2. Good judicial standing
  3. 30 credits completed at time of application


  • Housing: Students will be housed in double-occupancy accomodations.
  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department.
  • All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  • All non-CUNY students are encouraged to apply early, to be sure there is ample time to apply and register for classes at John Jay College. Please contact OISP for more information regarding the application process. Please note: Tuition rate per credit is different for non-CUNY students. More tuition information can be found here:
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students who wish to arrive earlier or depart later than the program dates are responsible for any, and all, additional costs including, but not limited to, accommodations, meals, etc. until the program start date and after the end date.
  • Since the course will be taught by a foreign, non-CUNY , faculty member, the credits earned will be posted as transfer credit on the student’s transcript.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of their airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.                                                     
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Attendance at on-site orientation is mandatory.
  • Exam dates can NOT be changed for any reason. Personal schedules must be organized accordingly.
  • Information is tentative and subject to change, including **program cost(s), itinerary, etc.

It is important to be aware of the health information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. All vaccines should be up to date, and it is important to check the vaccines and medicines list and
visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Ask your
doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you
will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. 
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.


Please note that all travelers:

Should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

get_vaccinated hygiene

Please note that most travelers:

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Mexico, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

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You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Mexico. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.




Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 25, 2019However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 


Estimated Program Cost & 6 Credits: $TBA**
**Subject to change. Includes double-occupancy accommodations, breakfast, international health insurance, excursions and transportation on-site associated with program, a welcome lunch and farewell dinner, and various University of Cape Town (UCT) amenities. Does not include tuition, airfare, some meals, textbooks, personal expenses, personal excursions and transportation, etc. 

Summer 2018 Costs

Note: all non-CUNY students, please contact OISP for more information 

John Jay College Tuition and Fees:
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees


Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 


Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs for information. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the JJC Study-Abroad ScholarshipJJC Student Travel Fund, and the CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunities can be found here.

Contact Mr. Michael Scaduto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, for more information in regards to the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and general scholarship opportunities for John Jay students at 212-237-8872 or email at


Ken Yanes, Dep. Director

Maggie Ovian, Program Coordinator

Office Location:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530

Mailing Address:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530