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TCNJ Cape Town – University of the Western Cape

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The TCNJ Center for Global Engagement and the International Studies Abroad (ISA), have established a semester-long program for TCNJ students in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. Students – particularly sophomores and juniors – may participate in the fall or spring semesters or one of two summer sessions. Students will be able to study for a semester at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the Republic of South Africa. The Cape Town program will be complemented with cultural activities, day trips and excursions outside of the host city. Students also have the option to participate in a Service Learning component as part of their study abroad experience.

Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape

The University of The Western Cape (UWC) is a public institution that was established in 1959 for non white students during the Apartheid era. UWC is located just 12 miles north of the city of Cape Town in the Tygerberg suburb of Belleville. UWC is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. UWC’s key concerns with access, equity and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalized participate fully in the life of the nation. The University now has seven faculties and over one hundred departments that students could select from. Its attractive campus includes an important nature reserve, and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula and Stellenbosch provide beautiful landmarks to the east and west. The University is readily accessible by car, taxi, bus or train, and even has its own railway station, Unibell, on the southern boundary of the campus.

Academic Program

TCNJ Program in Cape Town students will enroll in three to five courses of their choosing at UWC focused of Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Law, Business and Sciences. Students will be enrolled as full-time students at TCNJ and will receive TCNJ credit.  Grades for these courses will count in the students’ GPAs at TCNJ. .

Service Learning Component

TCNJ students will also have the option to participate in an ISA-Service Learning opportunity with ongoing service-learning projects in the Cape Town area in order to create a positive and lasting impact in the community. Students will work between 5-10 hours at their host organization in addition to their university courses. ISA offers the following in Service-Learning options in these areas:

  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Business and Marketing
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Education
  • Health
  • IT and Computer Science

Cultural Program

The program will include cultural activities and excursions as listed, including entry fees and hotel accommodations for overnight excursions:

  • Aquila Game Reserve
  • Cape Peninsula
  • Community Visit & Robben Island Tour
  • Hermanus
  • Table Mountain Hike

ISA Cape Town staff will welcome students and faculty upon arrival, lead all excursions, facilitate the orientation program and serve as a cultural liaison for the group throughout the program. TCNJ students will also have the option to participate in an ISA-Service Learning opportunity with ongoing service-learning projects in the Cape Town area in order to create a positive and lasting impact in the community. Students will work between 5-10 hours at their host organization in addition to their university courses.

For more information about TCNJ’s program in Cape Town, South Africa please email goglobal@tcnj.edu 

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