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UK Sponsored: Summer Internship in Cape Town, South Africa (Arts & Sciences)
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Intern Abroad, Study Abroad
Area of Study:
African Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Human Rights, International Studies, Psychology, Sociology
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Niamh Minion
Program Director:
Jim Sleight, Steve Davis
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Summer Internship in Cape Town, South Africa (Arts & Sciences)

2017 Dates TBD
(Departure from U.S.A. - Departure from host country)

PierProgram Overview

This internship program offers hands-on experience working with one of several non-profit and non-governmental organizations in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition students will learn about contemporary South Africa in a conventional seminar taught by UK faculty.

Offering experience in nearly every facet of the non-profit and non-governmental sector, this internship will increase student awareness of how to build other non-profit organizations, how to develop environmental education and youth leadership, support victims of domestic violence, build a sustainable market for artists from underprivileged communities, develop a curriculum for elementary math and science educational reform, and more. 

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to gain practical and transferrable 'real world' skills, those who want a meaningful internship experience with independence and the possibility of designing and leading projects and those who want to make a difference within underprivileged communities in a developing nation in Africa. Outside of the internship and coursework, students will visit sites of historical and contemporary significance, including a visit to Nelson Mandela's jail cell on Robben Island, tour a 17th century wine farm, learn about the colonization of the Cape and have an opportunity to learn how to cook traditional Cape Town curries while gaining an appreciation for the cultural diversity of South Africa. This internship program is for the serious-minded student with an adventurous heart and a social conscience who wants something a little different than the typical study abroad experience.

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  • Experience the rich and multifaceted culture of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Work with non-profit organizations to improve their services and outreach in the community
  • Gain professional skills and work experience through internship placement

This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, but priority for admission into the program will be given to upperclassmen. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Students will enroll in EXP 396: Experiential Education (3 credit hours) and A&S 300: Special Course: History and Culture of South Africa (3 credit hours)
  • All undergraduate students will enroll in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & MealsBo-Kaap

Students will be housed in furnished, self-catering flats near downtown Cape Town. Housing will be within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and scenic local attractions. Housing and transportation costs are included in the program fee. Students will be responsible for all meals on their own with the exception of a few group meals. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Cape Town City HallPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the South African Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad

In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information

The College of Arts & Sciences Education Abroad web page

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Steve Davis, faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Davis is the Lexington-based coordinator of the program; Dr. Jim Sleight, an international faculty member working for the Department of History at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Sleight resides in Cape Town, South Africa and will be directing the program from there.

Ms. Niamh Minion, EA Advisor,

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This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.