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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Marquette University 
  • Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: Afrikaans/Elementary, Afrikaans/Intermediate, Xhosa/Elementary, Xhosa/Intermediate Click here for a definition of this term Fields of study: African Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Literature, Peace and Justice Studies, Political Science, Service Options, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies, Women's Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Eligibility-Class: 04 Junior
Credits/Term: 12-18 Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Housing Options: Group House Click here for a definition of this term Meals/Dining: Prepare own food
Service or Volunteer Opportunites: Service or Volunteer Opportunities Host City: Cape Town
Program Description:

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Program Overview

studentsMarquette's Sibanye Cape Town Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent.

While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government- enforced-apartheid. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom and its leaders your teachers.

The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In the Cape Town area, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.

You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid. In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods and diverse architecture.

Fall 2021 Program Updates

Marquette University is pleased to announce that we will be offering TWO options for our fall 2021 Sibanye Cape Town program:

Option 1: In-person regular semester (with additional COVID-19 protocols) in Cape Town, South Africa

Are you passionate about community engagement and service to others? Interested in an internship with a community based NGO? Looking for an experience to set yourself apart from others?  The Sibanye Cape Town program (formerly South Africa Service Learning) offers that and more! Attend a Sibanye Cape Town info session during our virtual fair week (February 2-4) to learn more about how you can begin your journey. 
>> For more details or to apply to the regular in-person semester, visit

Option 2: Virtual course enrollment

As an alternative option to the in-person, full semester program, we are also offering the opportunity for students to enroll just one or two courses concurrently with enrollment at their home institution. Students can choose from either of the 2 required courses – THEOS 3420 or SOWJS 3400. Marquette University is the institution of record, and each course will be offered as 3 Marquette credits. Students interested in the virtual course enrollment should apply here.
>> For more details or to apply to the virtual course enrollment, visit

Students Resources


Student Experiences 

I chose to go to South Africa for two main reasons; the program was service based, and the country had endless opportunities to hike and explore the outdoors. 

Since starting at Scranton service has been an important part of my life, and my education. This study abroad program was structured so that the 20 American students from Jesuit Universities lived together under one roof. We took classes at The University of the Western Cape three days a week, and performed service the other two days. Service sites included teaching in elementary schools, working in a refugee clinic, domestic violence shelters, and a non-profit to help local start ups. In true Jesuit form, we came together once a week to reflect on our experience serving with these marginalized populations, learning from one another along the way how to become the best servant leaders, and global citizens, possible. These conversations included the pervasive inequality in South Africa, racial disparities, education, health care, and leadership. They were difficult topics to grapple with in an environment that juxtaposed the one we knew so well in America, but challenging conversations like these are necessary to grow as a global citizen and to better understand our place in society. Living in community was difficult at times because dishes magically appeared in the sink and people talked loudly late into the night, but I found the deep conversations and lasting friendships greatly overshadowed any potential drawbacks. 

I taught science at a trade high school to students who had a learning disability. My time at this school provided me with an immense amount of gratitude for the education we receive here in America, especially in Scranton. I was able to learn so much about the education, political, and health systems in South Africa. Working in community with those in need was an eye opening experience, and one that has helped to shape my future job aspirations. 
Outside of service and school I was able to do so much hiking and traveling! Cape Town is famous for its Three Peaks (Devil’s Peak, Lions Head, and Table Mountain) which were a short ride from our house. A midnight, full moon hike of Lions Head highlighted these hiking excursions. I was also fortunate to take a trip to Namibia for a week. A country that has five times as many dirt roads as paved, Namibia is one of the most picturesque and most naturally beautiful countries I have ever seen. We visited some of the largest sand dunes in the world, the Namib desert, and a petrified forest. Our spring break trip consisted of a flight to Johannesburg, a nature reserve in Eswatini (Swaziland), safari in Kruger National Park, and a power washing at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Opportunities for exploration abounded in the southern portion of Africa.

The mountains rolled straight into the Atlantic Ocean. History intertwined itself seamlessly into a city that rivals anything in Europe or North America. Traveling 25 minutes from our house baboons, horses, and penguins skirted across streets. Traveling to Cape Town is by far one of the best decisions, and most challenging experiences, that I have ever had. 

- Steven B., The University of Scranton - Class of 18’ & 21’ 


View the Program Info Session video here.