Study Abroad

South Africa

Fall Quarter TBA
15 college credits

Cape Town is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world with the impressive presence of Table Mountain, the legendary Devil's Peak and historical Signal Hill standing proudly above the city. Cape Town provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. The town boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures to a roaring night life under neon signs. As Cape Town is flanked by both the Indian and Atlantic oceans, there are plenty of water sports for you to enjoy, whether it be surfing, rafting or cage diving to see the Great White sharks. Another popular activity is "kloofing", which is a combination of hiking and swimming.



This is a study program.  Students must carry a 15 credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities.  The courses are specially chosen to give participants interesting, valuable and relevant instruction that exposes students to the culture of South Africa.

Courses offered:

South African Life and Culture (5 credits Humanities)

Taught by a local adjunct lecturer, this course focuses on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of contemporary South Africa.  The course includes related field trips such as Robben Island, a township tour, the District Six Museum and a visit to Parliament.

Two other courses will be offered for a total of 15 credits.  These classes will be taught by a well qualified Washington State faculty member and will be listed when that information is available.


The beautiful city of Cape Town, with its iconic Table Mountain, is a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of the Western Cape.  Whether your interst is in the environment, wildlife, culture and heritage, food and drink, history and politics or in the realm of service learning and community projects, this vibrant city is the place to be.


Accommodations are in multi-bedded rooms on a self-catering basis in a student lodge in Cape Town.

Field trips/Excursions

Included in the program is a cultural program of subsidized activities.

A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Cape Town by private coach.

3-day, 2-night excursion along the Garden Route including a visit to a game reserve where students will have the opportunity to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros) on a game drive. Accommodation, breakfasts and two group meals are included in this excursion.


Program fee TBD.

The fee excludes airfare, a $250 refundable damage deposit, optional medical insurance upgrade ($65) and optional personal effects coverage ($90), passport or visa fees if applicable, meals other than those indicated on the itinerary, personal expenses, College tuition or administrative fees, textbooks, additional field trips or excursions required by the faculty and anything not specified.

These fees are guaranteed not to change as a result of fluctuations in the $ exchange rate.

Financial Aid:

Many students are eligible to apply for financial aid, grants and loans to assist with the costs of the Cape Town program.  Early application is essential.  Contact your home institution's financial aid office promptly if you are interested in this possibility.  Be sure to identify yourself as a potential Cape Town program participant.

Optional Transportation Package:

On a space-available basis, students may purchase the optional transportation package consisting of round-trip airfare between Seattle and Cape Town and round-trip airport transfers between the accommodation and airort in Cape Town for an additional $TBC including mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $TBC (subject to change) for which students will be billed separately.

A minimum of 10 students must purchase the flight for it to be offered.

Application Process


Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Transcripts are required. Minimum age is 18 (17 with parental permission).

You do not need to be a current Green River College student to participate in this program.

For more information please contact:

Cindy Card,
Program Coordinator
Green River College
Phone: (253) 833-9111, ext. 2160
Fax: (253) 288-3419