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.
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.
Witness the conflicted legacy of Apartheid
Visit a diverse array of historic communities
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our course advisors are experts at helping you craft the perfect summerBook a call
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.