South Africa Study Abroad
Studying abroad in South Africa allows you the opportunity to challenge yourself academically while taking advantage of the unparalleled environmental surroundings. With a deep history rooted in political and socioeconomic controversy, South Africa makes you aware of current events and how you can impact the world around you. This beautiful, culturally-diverse, and vibrant country is sure to be inspiring.
To learn more about South African society and cultural history, please check out ISA’s Diversity in South Africa page. There you’ll find information about identity-related topics including Indigenous communities, local languages, race & ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+ communities, and disabilities access in South Africa.
What Our Students are Saying
"ISA made studying abroad easy and personalized. The onsite staff make you feel comfortable and prepared. South Africa was amazing and your friendships will last a life time!"
April L.Edgewood College
"Studying in Cape Town provided me with experience I could have never expected. The culture is extremely unique, and I am honored to have gotten the chance to live in such an eclectic city."
Grace D.Loyola University - Maryland
"Overall, this semester was the greatest 6 months of my life! I will never forget this experience because of the people, the culture, the environment and the opportunity to see the world through many new perspectives. I would recommend this to every single student!"
Jacob HollandUniversity of Northern Colorado
"I had a great time in South Africa and would definitely encourage students to pick ISA. The staff was helpful and made the transition easy. Cape Town is a beautiful place with lots to do and UCT is exactly what a university should be. Some of the classes may be more challenging than those in other study abroad programs, but I learned a lot in all of them."
Madeline D.University of Virginia
"Studying abroad in Cape Town has been my favorite part of my undergraduate career. While study abroad might not be for everyone, I recommend anyone curious and willing to leave home for a few months to take the opportunity to go abroad with ISA. It will be the best decision you have ever made and you will not regret it. University of Cape Town is majestic and nestled in the valley of Devil's Peak, the views and sunsets will always leave you speechless."
Sally D.Virginia Tech University
"South Africa is incredibly beautiful in both physical beauty and the warmness of its people. Do all you can to join and really invest in one on campus society so that you can experience South Africans and get to know more about the difficult history and current mindsets. You cannot really say that you studied abroad in South Africa without really engaging in dialogue with its citizens. Many are so willing to speak and welcome you in, so go for it!"
Sonia C-A. University of Denver