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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/17/2019
Rolling Admission 05/13/2018 08/04/2018
Summer 2019 02/17/2019
Rolling Admission 05/12/2019 08/03/2019
Fall 2019 05/20/2019
Rolling Admission 09/15/2019 12/07/2019
Spring 2020 09/23/2019 09/25/2019 01/12/2020 04/04/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Level of Study: Undergraduate
Academic Theme: University Wide Credit Offered: UC Credit
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Apartment Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Cape Town Experience allows undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati to complete full-time, unpaid, academic internship / co-op abroad. The International Experience Program combines comprehensive cultural immersion and work integrated learning. This learning opportunity provides students with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by expanding their academic, cultural and industrial knowledge.

Through this program student will be able to:
  • Work with employers across a broad range of fields (includes but not limited to) — architecture, art, business, design, engineering, history, information & technology, and research.
  • Interview and gain employment aligned with their career and academic goals.
  • Participating in a distant learning course that complement and add value to their cultural immersion and work experiences.

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Cape Town, the southernmost city on the African continent, is ranked third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Durban. As of 2014, it is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape's population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. The city was named the World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design and named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Telegraph (2014).

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Who Can Participate?

 The Program is open to all undergraduate majors, freshmen through seniors.

  • Open to all University of Cincinnati Majors, Freshman- Seniors
  • Students must be full-time, matriculating in major
  • Students must be in academic good standing, with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 overall and in major
  • Students must get approval from either academic or cooperative education adviser

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course Name:  COOP EXP and International Academic Internship
Course Number: INT 3071, 3081 & COOP 2011, 2012, 3011,4011, 4012
Credit Level: U - Undergraduate
Credit Hours: 0-12 credit hours
Instruction Method: Field Experience
Pre-requisites/Permissions: Department Approval
BOK:   No
Repeatable: Yes
Level: B-Baccalaureate

This course provides a path for a student to obtain an academic internship opportunity outside of the United States. Students will have the opportunity to learn from their field experience and cultural awareness activities completed via distance learning. The distant learning course helps students close the gap between the academic application of business concepts and their pragmatic utilization in the workplace. Furthermore the course will examine values and cultural practices, global interconnections (i.e. economic, political, ecological, and technological), worldwide concerns and conditions, origins and past patterns of worldwide affairs, and alternative future directions in worldwide affairs.? ?

Students will be registered by The Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education  in either a co-op experience or an internship experience.
  • Co-op students will register and pay the co-op course registration fee of $465 for the experience. This registration permits students to maintain their full-time student status with the university.
  • Internship students have the option to register for 0 - 12 credit hours based on academic need. Internship students can register for 0 credit hours of $465 to maintain full time student status or register for variable credit hours (1-12 credit hours). 


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Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education 
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115 

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Living Arrangements

Furnished housing will be secured by the programs third-party provider for 12-13 weeks depending on program location. The housing cost is included in the Program Fee.  Approximately 85% of Program Fee is housing.  Furnished Housing includes Internet Connectivity, Utilities (Electric, Heating & Air), Access to Kitchen & Laundry Facilities. Housing meets health, safety and security standards set by the University of Cincinnati

Students will be living with other students from the University of Cincinnati, as well as student from other universities across the US (and world).

Student should expect a 45 to 60 minute commute from there residence to their respective employer location (which is very similar to what the locals do daily).

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Getting There

 Students organize their own airline travel arrangements.

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 Estimated Program Costs

Program Costs Cape
IEP Program Services
IEP Program Fee 2


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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

The International Experience Programs offer student advising and programmatic services to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship and grants. 
Scholarship funding may be available through UC International Programs. For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid. UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

The Academic Internship Council will provide country-specific visa application instructions, resources and assistance to all program participants.  

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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Health and Safety Abroad

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Downloading the mobile application
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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Contacts for More Information

Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education 
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115 
Erin Bove
Manager of International Programming
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education 
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115

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