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Cape Town, South Africa



Affectionately known as the “Mother City”, Cape Town was founded in 1652 and is South Africa's oldest city. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a backdrop of flat-topped Table Mountain set against the Atlantic Ocean in the foreground.

Students will attend the historic University of Cape Town. Founded in 1829, UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and affecting social change and development through its pioneering faculty and students.  UCT has about 17,000 undergraduate students, and 4,600 international students per year. The University is also renowned for its striking beauty, with its campus located at the foot of Table Mountain's Devil's Peak, with panoramic views of much of Cape Town.  UCT is very similar to the city of Cape Town: it has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. Their staff and students come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.  The university offers courses in a wide variety of majors. 

Loyola students will participate in the International Studies Abroad (ISA) program in Cape Town. Their program offers excellent support, and students benefit from the support of both the on-site ISA office as well as the International Students office at University of Cape Town.


Choosing When to Study in Cape Town

  • Welcome sign.

    This program runs in both semesters (Fall and Spring)
  • Fall Semester dates: early July – mid November
  • Spring semester dates:  late January to mid-June
  • Students should keep these dates in mind when considering summer course options/summer internships.


  • Consult your academic advisor and the Office of International Programs as early as possible to get assistance on course selections at Loyola so that you are prepared for University of Cape Town.
  • Loyola students in UCT Program will take 4-Four credit courses. Students must have at least one free elective, ideally students will have two or more free electives.
  • Students must enroll in at least one African culture related course
  • Nearly all majors are served.

Disclaimer:  In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

Capetown view.


  • Group airport pick-up and drop-off at Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
  • On-site orientation
  • Housing in off-campus apartments in Cape Town, including internet, all utilities (gas, water and electric), and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Cell phone
  • Optional weekend homestay experience
  • Cultural activities with transportation, entry fees, and guides included:
    • Aquila Game Reserve
    • Cape Peninsula
    • Community Visit & Robben Island Tour
    • Hermanus
    • Table Mountain Hike
  • International health insurance


  • Students live at the ISA accommodations called The Nest
  • Apartment style living, each student gets their own room in a two bedroom apartment, with adjoining kitchen and bathroom. There are four common rooms in the building for students to use as they wish.
  • The Nest has 24- hour security


  • Stone buildings with mountains.

    Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the federal work-study program. Students studying abroad will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study assignment.
  • The cost is equivalent to the tuition fees and room charge paid to Loyola, plus a program fee.
  • Loyola financial aid applies
  • This program includes a $200 airfare supplemental fee for both the fall and spring semesters
  • Students responsible for the student visa costs

Travel to and from Cape Town

  • Boat on water.

    Group flights are arranged for students traveling to Cape Town (program includes a $200 airfare supplemental fee). Student departures are usually from JFK International Airport on South African Airways.
  • Upon arriving to Cape Town,  students are picked up by International Studies Abroad’s onsite staff and brought directly to the student housing, The Nest.
  • You may contact Alice Wilcox at to make any changes on the return ticket only. No changes will be made if it will jeopardize the group flight arrangements or cost.


Application Requirements

Students must submit an online application and a Course Planning form by 11:59 p.m. on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of their sophomore year to study abroad in the fall or spring term of junior year. 

Criteria for Acceptance

  • You must have a 3.0 cumulative average to apply to this program
  • Students must be able to find courses which fit their Loyola program and allow full-time participation;
  • Students who are neither on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems should apply;
  • Attend an information session on Cape Town
  • Attend registration sessions to determine if your degree program matches the courses offered abroad;
  • Discuss with your major advisor the possible courses you could take abroad and see if there are any potential problems he/she sees with your plans to study in Cape Town;
  • Academic reviews will be based on current course offerings;
  • Registration will take place abroad and the course offerings for the term will be finalized overseas
  • Save as many electives for abroad to help with potential registration problems; and
  • Discuss with your family if taking a summer course(s) is an option to help with any unexpected academic problems that could occur at Loyola or abroad.

Apply to this Program

*Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.


Contact Us

Phone: 410-617-2910
Office: Humanities 132

Additional contact information


In order to apply, all students must attend a Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint) session before the application deadline. The application deadline for all Fall, Spring, and year-long opportunities during academic year 2024-25 is December 11, 2024.

The deadline for opportunities taking place during academic year 2025-26 will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester.

Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint)