Cape TownSouth Africa

Study in Cape Town

Study in Cape Town with EF and discover a fascinating cultural mix of people and some of earth’s most stunning urban scenery.

Cape Town’s natural beauty will take your breath away. The city is dominated by the iconic Table Mountain and is situated at the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Cape Town’s good looks are undeniable, but behind the pretty façade is one of the continent’s most important urban centers. Study in Cape Town, South Africa’s economic hub, where our internship program offers students international work experience in the thriving wine and tourism industries.

EF Cape Town shares the city with three major universities, including the University of Cape Town, the highest-ranked school on the African continent. Our language center is housed in a colonial-style building in the shadow of Table Mountain. The white sand beaches of Camps Bay are just a short trip away, as are the shops and cafes of Long Street. Our study programs in Cape Town are held in bright, air-conditioned classrooms where your daily routine will include classes designed to help ease your transition into the South African lifestyle.

Africa’s Multicultural Metropolis

Cape Town is unquestionably one of the most diverse cities in the world. White sand beaches teeming with penguins give way to vineyard-rowed green valleys. City architecture ranges from the modern high-rises of downtown to the candy-colored townhouses of the Bo-Kaap quarter. And the residents of Cape Town represent one of the most multicultural populations on the planet.

Study in Cape Town and you’ll go beyond tourism to discover the soul of Africa’s shining city. Have a local teach you how to cook a braai, a traditional South African barbeque. Take surf lessons at Camps Bay or join a beach volleyball team on the courts of Clifton Beach. Spend your weekends admiring the view from the top of Table Mountain. And for real adventure embark on a guided Safari on the savannahs of Kruger National Park.

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Program Highlights

  • Combine language and academic studies
  • Study abroad for 6, 9 or 11 months
  • Achieve complete language fluency
  • Network with students from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Bright, modern building with views of Table Mountain
  • Recently-renovated interior and classrooms
  • Private, sunny garden with BBQ area
  • Easily explore Cape Town’s vibrant city center on foot, including the shops and restaurants of Long Street
  • 15-minute drive from the city’s best beaches
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Your pathway to fluency

Combined language and academic studies. You’ll achieve language fluency with your personalized program – while focusing on the career or academic pursuit of your choice.

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  • EF Intensive Program

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Levels
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

    Lessons
    32 of 40 min per week

    Start dates
    January, April, June and September

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      • EF General Program

        A well-rounded program of language study

        26 Lessons / weekLearn more

        Levels
        Beginner to Advanced

        Length
        9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

        Lessons
        26 of 40 min per week

        Start dates
        January, April, June and September

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      • EF Exam Preparation Program

        Prepare for and take an internationally recognized language exam.

        32 Lessons / weekLearn more

        Levels
        Beginner to Advanced

        Length
        9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

        Lessons
        32 of 40 min per week

        Start dates
        January, April, June & September

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      Live like a local

      Experience total cultural immersion. Come home to a local family after a day of exploring Cape Town or live at EF’s residence in the Gardens District.

      • EF Homestay

        Immerse yourself in the daily life of your new host country by living in a private local home. You’ll enrich your understanding of the culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and acquire a more authentic accent. Homestay hosts are conveniently located, so that you can come and go as you please.

      • EF Residence

        Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.

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      Student talk: Cape Town

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      • CarolineFrance
      • “Cape Town is so interesting! I recently went to a restaurant that served crocodile and springbok.”

        Sophie

      • “I really enjoyed the activities and classes about animals. I've learned a lot of vocabulary on this topic.”

        Caroline

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      Student life in Cape Town

      No other city in the world matches unspoiled wilderness with a cosmopolitan vibe the way Cape Town does. This is a place where you can climb a mountain, ride a wave and shop at designer boutiques without leaving city limits. EF’s activities coordinators will introduce you to a city where the opportunities to explore are endless.

      Sightseeing & CultureShoppingSports & OutdoorsExcursionsEntertainment & Nightlife
      Surf the swells off the white-sand Muizenberg beach. Climb to the top of the spectacular Table Mountain, a flat-topped peak that dominates the city’s skyline. Share beaches with countless wild penguins at Boulders Beach. Wander around the Bo-Kaap district, an area known for its multicultural residents and candy-colored townhouses. Ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, for a lesson in South African history. Walk around the campus of the University of Cape Town, an architectural gem at the football of Table Mountain.
      Most shopping outings here start with a trip to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront where you can browse the storefronts in the salt-tinged air of a busy harbor. You’ll find trendy boutiques on Kloof Street, just steps from EF, while Church Street is a great place to browse art galleries.
      Fresh off hosting the world’s previous FIFA World Cup, South Africa is a sports-crazed country. Play a vuvuzela in the stands at a Cape Town Stadium rugby match. Hike atop Table Mountain, where the views of city and the coast are breathtaking. Spot wildlife at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and glimpse dolphins from atop a longboard while taking a surfing lesson.
      Embark on an African safari and spot zebras, lions and elephants in their natural habitat. Tour the vineyards of the Western Cape’s Wine Lands, take in the blend of coastal and forest landscapes along the Garden Route, and stand at the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans dramatically meet at Cape Point.
      Head to Long Street for its colonial architecture and vibrant blend of bars, restaurants and clubs. Sway to the sounds of a live performance of traditional music at Mama Africa and catch big name acts in mega concerts at Cape Town Stadium.

      Prices & Dates for Cape Town

      Personalized and flexible. Your program is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates in January, April, June and September and programs lasting 6, 9 and 11 months – you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

      Included in the Price

      Course
      • 20,26 or 32 English lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
      • EF Placement test and progress tracker
      • EF Course Certificate
      • EFELT report
      • Online pre & post course
      • Access to My EF™ from enrollment
      Lesson materials
      • Digital learning media (tablet)
      • Academic material
      Accessibility
      • Welcome package and orientation
      • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
      Accommodation
      • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
      • Weekends: all the meals
      • Twin room with homestay
      CourseStart DatesSemesterYear11 months
      General
      16 Jun 2014, 08 Sep 2014, 05 Jan 2015, 13 Apr 2015
      $ 10,690$ 13,990$ 17,990Get price details
      Exam Preparation
      16 Jun 2014, 08 Sep 2014, 05 Jan 2015, 13 Apr 2015
      $ 11,490$ 15,150$ 19,630Get price details
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