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A rainbow nation at the edge of Africa.

Built around a breathtaking, biodiverse landscape, Cape Town is the perfect place to learn and explore. The cost of living is also much lower than many European, Asian, and American cities, so you'll be fully able to take advantage of all the culinary, coffee, and adventuring opportunities.

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Elias kalish
Elias Kalish, iX Cape Town 2019
University of Pennsylvania 2021
"Cape Town is such an incredible city. Being here over the summer and making great friends has been one of the best experiences of my life!"

An integrated program to prepare you for the 21st century.

We combine enriching cultural education, high-intensity skills development, and real-world professional experience—an essential combination for an impactful career in the future.
Week 1:
Global Studies
All of our programs begin with an immersion into your chosen city. Take classes about the city's history, culture, and current events to understand your context. Explore your surroundings through iX-sponsored excursions.

Weeks 2-3:
Skills Bootcamp
Start building your skill set—quickly. Our collaborative, workshop-style courses, taught by industry experts, will push you to learn faster than you thought possible. Finish up with an impressive portfolio of class projects, and get ready for your internship.

Weeks 4-6:
Internship
Go beyond the classroom with a guaranteed internship. Work with a company abroad to apply your gained classroom knowledge in a professional environment. Finish up with a clear deliverable to show future employers.
Program structure bracket
Throughout the 6 weeks, there will be readings and reflection pieces that prompt you to connect your international experiences, skills training, and internship. The entire program will add up to 6 credits from the University of Virginia. By the end, you will have a deep understanding of your city in a global context, and a powerful set of skills and work experience to accelerate your career.
More about the credits from UVA.

Travel with purpose and gain a deeper understanding.

Our for-credit Global Studies curriculum—which all students take during the first week—will lead to a richer experience and more context during your internship.

History and Context

Get essential information about the city you're living in, including the major events that led to the present moment.

Cultural Field Trips

Bring your classroom learning to life through iX-sponsored excursions to points of cultural intrigue in the city.

Artists

Witness the conflicted legacy of Apartheid

Historic

Visit a diverse array of historic communities

Take a tour of your new home.

Our world-class operations will keep you safe while abroad, so you can focus on exploring.
Neighborhood
Beach-front accommodation
Stay in self-catering beach-side apartments at the foot of Table Mountain.
Always have support with 24/7 security and health staff on-site.
Live comfortably with 2-6 students in each apartment.
Campus
Tech-driven classrooms
Learn in the most advanced co-working space on the continent of Africa.
Access state-of-the-art facilities in the Africa's most visited destination.
Study with fast wifi, great coffee, and an epic student lounge.
Security
World-class security
Feel safe with 24/7 access to iX emergency assistance for students.
Receive a comprehensive Health and Safety briefing upon arrival.
Know you're in good hands: our Ops Team has a combined 60 years of military/security experience.
English prevalence
Cost of living
Access to nearby countries
Access to nature
Music scene
Past iX students
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What to look forward to after class.

We encourage you to explore these wonders on your own. You'll be hard pressed to do it all!
Nature

Breathtaking nature. On the daily.

Cape Town is surrounded on two sides by mountains—including Table Mountain, one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world—which is only a few minutes' drive from your accommodation. You might start your day with a sunrise hike, then head to class, and end with sunset drinks on the beach. Paradise!

Food

Healthy, affordable, and delicious.

Cape Town puts a huge emphasis on the quality of its food: from health to sustainability, to, of course, taste. An average lunch will cost you $7, and dinner $10—and $20 if you really go all out (drinks included!).

Health & Fitness

A city built around wellness.

With so much nature, it's incredibly easy to stay fit by going on hikes or runs on the seaside promenade. There's also a vibrant subculture around yoga, gymming, and general wellness (as well as a humming fast food scene)—so you can get your fix, whatever your tastes.

Lifestyle

Perfect for student living.

There are amazing beaches, cafes, restaurants, and parks in the neighborhoods around the iX housing and classrooms. We're all about community, so we'll also schedule group dinners, social events, fun classes in anything from professional development to poker, and maybe even karaoke.

Adventure

Explore the world's Southern tip.

Out of the city, there are plenty of experiences that will wow you—and challenge you. We'll point you to once-in-a-lifetime activities that you'll struggle to forget, whether in the ocean, sky, desert, forest, or safari.

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Dates for Cloud Computing
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Not available

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Data Science
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Full Stack Coding
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Not available

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Investment Finance
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Management Consulting
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Product Management
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Visual Design
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Not available

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Dates for Digital Marketing
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Not available

Program fees for Cape Town

$9470

Our program fees include all costs except flights, transport to internships, and daily living. We provide need-based financial aid to better include students from all walks of life.
Included in every program
  • 6 credits of coursework
  • A guaranteed internship placement
  • Comfortable, secure housing
  • International insurance
  • Immersive cultural excursions and events
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • LinkedIn, resume, and career support
  • Lifetime access to the global iX Alumni Network
iX Financial Aid

iXperience offers direct need-based financial aid to all qualifying students. Your eligibility for financial aid is determined entirely by your demonstrated need, and you'll have the chance to apply along with your iX program application. Applying for financial aid will not impact your admissions decision in any way.

Frequently asked questions about Cape Town

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Do I need a visa before I arrive in South Africa?

Yes, all participants will require an endorsed visitor visa to participate in the program. Whether or not you have to apply beforehand at the South African Embassy depends on what passport you hold. Please check the student portal for more information about the application process, what documents you'll need to apply/present on arrival to South Africa, and how iXperience can help you.

How safe is Cape Town?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Our current locations in Cape Town are the most metropolitan areas of the city, which makes for a unique, modern, and fun experience without compromising on safety.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

My parents are nervous to send me to South Africa. What should I tell them?

Over the last few summers, several parents flew over to Cape Town and visited their sons and daughters who were attending iXperience. We interviewed these parents while they were visiting iX and created a short video *. This video is the perfect way to reassure your parents if they are concerned, or click here to view our Parents page.

* Some of the excursion activities in this video are not included in the program fee for iXperience and were independently arranged by students outside of the program.

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What is the accommodation like?

At iXperience we strive to partner with safe, upmarket accommodation providers in trendy locations. Previous locations included Camps Bay, Green Point, and Sea Point. Most apartments are equipped with a kitchenette, which includes a microwave, kettle, mini fridge and other simple essentials to make your stay comfier.

How does rooming work?

Rooming is done on a first come, first served basis. Applying and paying your program deposit allows you to rank your preference of room category. The earlier you enroll at iXperience, the greater the chance you will have of being placed in your first choice room, as well as first-option to select your preferred roommates if you have friends coming on the program.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! You’ll have a lot of restaurant options available within walking distance of class and the iX Village.

What is Cape Town cuisine like?

Cape Town boasts a wide variety of restaurants — one only has to take a stroll down Bree Street or Kloof Street to see the eclectic mix of foods from around the world. Local cuisine is influenced by Indian, Southern African, and European foods.

How does daily transport work?

Getting to class
Transport to and from the iX classrooms is handled exclusively through a reputable transport firm, meaning safe and convenient transport daily.

Around the iX Village
The iX Village is located within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, sports facilities, and beaches.

Excursions
Transport for iX-official weekend excursions will be fully arranged by us.

During the internship
The internships vary in location. Although many internships placements are around the city bowl area, most will require transport from the iX accommodation, which is at your own expense. Once your internship is finalized we will help you organize the logistics.

Everywhere else
Reliable ride-sharing companies such as Uber are by far the easiest way to get around town: it's safe, available everywhere, and far cheaper than in America. Cape Town also has a world-class public transport system: the MyCiti Bus Network is a safe and affordable way to navigate to certain parts of the city.

Is there a gym I can use?

There are gyms within walking distance of the iX classrooms, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, yoga studios, aerobics classes, and more. We will point you in the right direction when you arrive, depending on your health needs.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Cape Town?

South Africa is relatively cheap for foreign visitors due to the strength of the US Dollar against the South African Rand. Living in Cape Town can be “cheap” but not free. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals and laundry. You can expect to pay between $5-$7 for breakfast and lunch, and $7-$15 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Cape Town during the program?

A good Capetonian winter (remember, it's the southern hemisphere!) has sunshine, wind, rain and clouds - with surprising highs and lows in between. However, these are the facts: the average high temperature during winter is 63°F with a minimum temperature of 47°F degrees in June, July and August. In addition to summer clothes, we highly recommend bringing a few light and thick jackets, long pants, and hoodies.

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Cape Town (you can read more about this here).

Vaccinations really are just precautionary. Keep in mind that as a developing country, South Africa has a vast contrast between the infrastructure and living conditions around the country. International vaccination recommendations are generally reflective of the high-risk areas, and so tend to be exaggerated when taking into account that you'll be staying in Cape Town, one of the most modern, developed cities on the continent.

At the end of the day, the decision is totally up to you, but we do feel it necessary to remind you that Cape Town is not reflective of the entire country, and that the CDC's recommendations are in no way mandatory. If there was a real threat, vaccinations would be required.

How good are the medical facilities?

Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, offering specialist services by highly skilled professionals. Doctors are well trained and must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Pharmacies are well stocked, and equivalents to most international medicines are available. Pharmacists may not dispense Schedule 3 drugs and up without a prescription, so visitors on chronic medication should carry their own prescription.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, through our affiliation with UVA, iXperience has partnered with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as the dedicated provider for all students, providing comprehensive cover for the duration of their stay with us. This insurance is included in the program fee. You can find out more about CISI on their website. You will be sent more information about your coverage if you are admitted and commit to the program. If students have queries or claims relating to their insurance, these should be handled directly with CISI, with assistance from iXperience.

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A streamlined application process.

Complete your application in an hour.
Regular Decision 1 application deadline: January 30, 11:59 pm PT.
STEP 1

Build your summer. (5 mins)

Use our application platform to choose the best city, course, and date combination for you. Not sure what combo to pick? Don't worry – you can change your selection after submitting your application. Our Admissions Team is always here to help.
STEP 2

Choose between a written application or phone interview. (30-45 mins)

You can write our short application essays, or choose to schedule a phone interview with one of our admissions consultants, if the option is available. Our advice? Just be yourself!
STEP 3

Confirm your eligibility. (10 mins)

In order to receive your admissions decision, you'll need to confirm that you are in good academic standing with your home institution and that you are approved to study abroad. We'll send you a form to complete with your study abroad advisor to make this easy. We highly recommend meeting with your study abroad office and other advisors about your summer plans.
STEP 4

Get your admissions decision.

You'll hear back in 2-4 weeks. Earlier applications receive quicker decisions and preferential admission. After receiving your decision, you'll have opportunities to ask more questions about the program or even put your parents in touch.
STEP 5

Secure your spot.

As spots at iXperience are limited, we encourage our admitted applicants to secure their spot in the program by paying their deposit.