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Cape Town, South Africa Project Center (IQP)
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: B term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Project Center Website: Click to visit
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: B term
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Nicola Bulled
Center Highlights:
Community Development, International
Housing Type:
Bed and Breakfast Style
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure, Summer reading/online discussion group
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Visa Requirements:
Visa Not Required for US Citizens - International Students Should Confirm Personal Status
Active Since:
Program Description:

Cape Town 8.1Location          

Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Located at the southern tip of South Africa, the city is situated between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with the Table Mountain range running through the city and down the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town is both a cosmopolitan city with visitors and residents from around the globe, and a city dealing with problems many developing nations face, such as poverty and rapid urban growth.

South Africa is culturally diverse and still creating a future for itself in the aftermath of apartheid. Cape Town offers music, art, and theatre; it is home to many important historical and cultural sites.

Students arrive just as the wonderfully temperate summer is beginning, and travel to some of the most interesting landscapes in Southern Africa. Students can visit the African bush to see wild animals, hike along stunning terrain, go surfing, enjoy great food, and meet interesting people.


Cape Town projects typically focus on sustainable community development in lower-income areas, including “shanty towns,” where people live in shacks and without adequate provision of basic services. Many exciting projects have been completed with local partners on themes such as sustainable water and sanitation, energy, early childhood development, micro-business, multimedia communications, urban planning and mapping, and sports and recreation. Students often work closely with community members and other teams to share insight and plan innovative, integrated solutions. Some projects involve hands-on construction activities. This project center is for intrepid, hardworking students eager to work in challenging environments to help “make a difference” in South Africa.

Project Examples

Each year, students contribute to a Cape Town Project Centre report and website that describes each team’s project and some of the Centre’s innovative community development strategies. The Centre has been supported by the GE Foundation and others in its efforts to work with local partners to strengthen communities by growing change in incremental steps that support learning, local decision making, job creation, ecological sustainability, cross-cultural engagement, and fun.


Project Center Website

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2014-2015 08/03/2014
08/15/2014 10/21/2014 12/20/2014
B term 2015-2016 10/06/2014
01/12/2015 TBA TBA
B term 2016-2017 06/29/2016
06/30/2016 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.