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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
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2016-2017 06/29/2016
06/30/2016 10/22/2016 12/11/2016

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Placement Rate:
Active Since:
First Round Apps / Space Available:
Nicola Bulled
Center Highlights:
Community Development, International
Housing Type:
Lodge 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
Application Process Notes:
Interview Site, Site Session Recording Available
Program Description:

Cape Town, South Africa Project Center (IQP)

Cape Town 8.1

cape town map

Location and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety
Additional Resources

Location and Culture          

Located at the southern tip of South Africa, Cape Town 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. Cape Town has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry, warm summers. November is their Spring/Summer, and average temperatures range from 55°F to 74°F. 

Housing and Meals

WPI students will stay in lodge style accomodations in Cape Town. The lodge is a short walk from the Victoria and Albert Waterfront and Sommerset Road. The lodge is home to a cat. Rooms will be a mix of doubles, triples, and quads. Rooms come with beds, a closet, lights, and little else. Rooms lock, however valuables can be stored in a safe in the main office. The lodge offers a shared kitchen and refrigerator for guests. Linens are provided. Students can access Wi-Fi in the lodge, however bandwidth is limited and the service is not great so large file downloads, skyping, and streaming videos are not recommended. South African cuisine is shaped by both the indigenous cultures and the European settlers. The indigenous cuisines frequently vary per group, and many practices still exist today. Many vegetables and legumes brought from Europe are very popular as well, though vegetarianism is not common. Make sure to consider your own dietary restrictions, allergies, and general health and inform your Advisor(s) and IGSD of any conditions of concern through the Health Preparation Process. Accommodations are subject to change and will be confirmed by the beginning of the term prior to departure. 

Program Dates

Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program.  Dates will be posted in the Fact Sheet at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date.  If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing. 

Project Opportunities

Past Cape Town students have...

  • Worked to improve facilities for survivors of domestic violence with the residents and staff of the Sizakuyenza Safe House (Winner of 2015 President’s IQP Award)
  • Assisted in the development and formalization of an early childhood development center in an informal settlement
  • Considered new approaches to utilizing vacant spaces to promote community in politically contested District Six

Learn more about past projects on the Project Center's website: Cape Town Project Centre report and website.

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away, on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester). 
  • WPI Tuition and Fees
  • WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
  • WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
  • Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
  • Local transportation
  • Airfare (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Cape Town can be found here: Cape Town Estimated Expenses

Health and Safety 

As with all travel, be aware of your surroundings to diminish risk of pick-pocketing and mugging. Pickpockets can be common, especially in Cape Town, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings in your line of vision at all times. Be wary to any scams and stay close to familiar neighborhoods, particularly at night. Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by avoiding raw or undercooked meat and eggs, unwashed or unpeeled fruits and vegetables, unpasteurized dairy products, and “non-traditional” meats. Students are encouraged to avoid drinking tap water or ice that has been made with tap water. Make sure to visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccination information.

Additional Resources

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

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

Project Center Website

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

This program is currently not accepting applications.