Globalization, the Environment, and Society in Cape Town


Program Overview

The program is operated in consortium with Pomona and Swarthmore Colleges. Housed in the Department of Geographical and Environmental Science at the University of Cape Town, the program explores the the physical and human landscape of South Africa. 


Students enroll for a total of 16 credits:

  • Core course: Globalization, Environment, and Society in South Africa (4 credits)
  • Directed Study Project (4 credits)
  • Two elective courses at University of Cape Town (4 credits each)

Program Curriculum Description



This is a spring program only, beginning in early January and ending in June.


Students live in a shared house close to the UCT campus, and cook for themselves.


The program includes a five-day excursion to the Kalahari, Western and Northern Capes. Additional field trips vary by semester, but may include: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, The District Six Museum, and visits to townships.

Student life

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous clubs and activities available to them on the UCT campus.

Learn more

Upcoming information sessions:

Tuesday, September 23rd: 12pm-1pm in Markim 201 (pizza lunch!)

Program Advisers:

, International Center

, Anthropology