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Two inspiring campuses.

Cape Town, South Africa or Lisbon, Portugal.
Learn, intern, and explore in one of the two most breathtaking cities on Earth.

Build your dream summer.

We choose our cities because they're ideal for studying abroad. Cape Town and Lisbon are rich in culture and history, immersed in nature, and affordable on a student budget. They're also perfect for internships because they boast rapidly growing economies that both attract foreign companies, and support a robust startup ecosystem.

The only downside is you can only choose one city this summer!

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An energetic city surrounded by gorgeous mountains and world-famous beaches, boasting a vibrant night life. Lose yourself in nature, whether to hike, dive with sharks, or safari with African wildlife.

iX Courses and Internships: Data Science, Full Stack Coding, Investment Finance, Management Consulting, Product Management.

A paradise at the edge of Africa

Maybe you've seen photos, or simply heard the rumors. Cape Town is the African continent's crown jewel, the paradise at the southern tip of the Earth. No wonder it's a top destination for tourism—and now, for learning, too.

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Classrooms built for inspired learning

Our Cape Town campus is located centrally in the V&A Waterfront. Managed by the Workshop17 initiative, the fully-equipped iXperience Campus is a uniquely modern hub dedicated to creation and innovation.

Lead by the V&A Waterfront and Workshop17, our campus includes the same safety and security policies as the iX Village.

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Housing in Cape Town's safest neighborhood

The iXperience Lodging (called the iX Village) is located in Camps Bay, one of Cape Town's safest, upmarket neighborhoods, right near the ocean and a beautiful promenade. The iX Village is secure, comfortable (max 2 people per room) and customized to students' needs.

  • 24-hour front desk staff and physical security
  • Site-wide access control
  • Remotely monitored CCTV
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First world infrastructure

With world-class infrastructure built around a breathtaking natural landscape, Cape Town is the perfect place to learn and explore.

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Frequently asked questions

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How safe is Cape Town?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Our current locations in Cape Town are the most metropolitan areas of the city, which makes for a unique, modern, and fun experience without compromising on safety.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members and our health and safety officers are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

My parents are nervous to send me to South Africa. What should I tell them?

Over the last few summers, several parents flew over to Cape Town and visited their sons and daughters who were attending iXperience. We interviewed these parents while they were visiting the iX campus and created a short video. This video is the perfect way to reassure your parents if they are concerned, or click here to view our Parents page.

What is a typical day’s schedule?

To explore the typical daily life of an iX student, check out this “Day in the Life” video, which was made by talented iX alumna Sabra Meretab:

What is the accommodation like?

Due to the amount of students attending iXperience we place students across several locations. At iXperience we strive to partner with safe, upmarket accommodation providers in trendy locations. Safety and comfort is our top priority. Previous locations included Camps Bay, Green Point and Sea Point.

Some apartments have self service kitchens and washing facilities while others might have beautiful sea or mountain views. Rooming is done on a first come, first serve basis and applying and paying your deposit earlier means you get to pick your room first!

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! You’ll have a plethora of restaurant options available within walking distance of class and the iX Village.

Do I need to use public transportation?

Getting to campus
Transport to and from the iX campus is handled exclusively through a reputable transport firm, meaning safe and convenient transport daily.

Around the iX Village
The iX Village is located within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, sports facilities, and beaches.

Excursions
Transport for iX-official weekend excursions will be fully arranged by us.

During the internship
The internships vary in location. Some might be within walking distance while others require transport. Once your internship is finalized we’ll help you work out the transport logistics. Transport expenses to and from your internship are covered.

Everywhere else
Uber is by far the easiest way to get around town: it's safe, available everywhere, and far cheaper than America. Cape Town also has a world-class public transport system: the MyCiti Bus Network is a safe and affordable way to go all over the city whenever you'd like.

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Is there a gym I can use?

There are gyms within walking distance of the iX Campus, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, yoga studios, aerobics classes, saunas and more.

How much spending money should I bring for the eight weeks I'll be in Cape Town?

South Africa is relatively cheap for foreign visitors due to the strength of the US Dollar against the South African Rand. Living in Cape Town can be “cheap” but not free. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals and laundry. You can expect to pay between $5-$7 for breakfast and lunch, and $7-$15 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Cape Town during the program?

A good Capetonian winter (remember, it's the southern hemisphere!) has sunshine, wind, rain and clouds - with surprising highs and lows in between. However, these are the facts: the average high temperature during winter is 63°F with a minimum temperature of 47°F degrees in June, July and August. We'd recommend bringing 1 or 2 jackets, long pants, and hoodies just to be safe :)

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Cape Town (you can read more about this here).

Vaccinations really are just precautionary. Keep in mind that as a developing country, South Africa has a vast contrast between the infrastructure and living conditions around the country. International vaccination recommendations are generally reflective of the high-risk areas, and so tend be highly exaggerated when taking into account that you'll be staying in Cape Town, one of the most modern, developed cities in the country.

At the end of the day, the decision is totally up to you, but we do feel it necessary to remind you that Cape Town is not reflective of the entire country, and that the CDC's recommendations are in no way mandatory. If there was a real threat, the shots would be required.

How good are the medical facilities?

Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, offering specialist services by highly skilled professionals. Doctors are well trained and must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Pharmacies are well stocked, and equivalents to most international medicines are available. Pharmacists may not dispense Schedule 3 drugs and up without a prescription, so visitors on chronic medication should carry their own prescription.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have arranged travel medical insurance before arriving in Cape Town. Unfortunately no local medical aid providers will cover foreigners or tourists for a period of time shorter than 3 months. It is therefore in your best interest to purchase medical travel cover from your own medical scheme. Generally, this cover costs around $50 and will cover you for the entire trip.

We recommend chatting to your medical service provider about the process of taking out travel medical insurance that guarantees that you will be covered for any emergency while in SA. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.

What is Cape Town cuisine like?

Cape Town boasts a wide variety of restaurants — one only has to take a stroll down Bree Street or Kloof Street to see the eclectic mix of foods from around the world. Local cuisine is influenced by Indian, Southern African, and European foods. If students are lucky, they may find their way to a home-cooked meal!



A laid back town with an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep appreciation for life's simple pleasures. Endless opportunities to explore both the rich culture and vast nature—not to mention, some of the best food on Earth.

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Europe's best kept secret

You might not have heard much of Lisbon before, but it's quickly emerging as Europe's hidden gem. It's got the best of the continent's natural beauty and culture, but at a fraction of the cost—a coffee (or a beer) will cost you less than $1. But don't take our word for it—come experience for yourself.

  • The Guardian predicts Lisbon could be the next tech capital in Europe.
  • Lisbon rose 9 places on The Telegraph's World's Best Cities list in 2017—and is only expected to keep rising.
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Rustic meets the 21st century

Portugal has seen a huge economic boom in the last decade, and distanced itself from its past economic woes after the Great Recession. In 2016, it was ranked one of Europe's top performing startup economies. That means Lisbon, the capital, has been rapidly modernized in infrastructure and quality of life—all while retaining a rustic charm and low cost of living. This boom has attracted legions of foreign entrepreneurs, technologists, and artists, who now form a part of the fabric of the city.

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Super-modern housing and classrooms

Like the rest of Europe, Lisbon has no shortage of supermodern student dorms, hotels, and innovative coworking spaces, which will serve as the iX Campus there (the exact sites for iX housing and classroom have not been finalized yet). The photo shows one of the city's coolest coworking spaces, Second Home, in the heart of the city.

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World class infrastructure

Lisbon consistently ranks as one of the world's safest cities. The Portuguese health was ranked as 12th best in the world in a World Health Organization report. The city is extremely well connected both internally and to other cities by train and cheap flights. So parents can rest easily as their children travel abroad.

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Frequently asked questions

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How safe is Lisbon?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Like many European capitals, there are few dangers in Lisbon aside from pickpockets and con artists. People often use public transportation or walk around, even later in the evening.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members and our health and safety officers are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

What is a typical day’s schedule?

During the first 4 weeks of the program, students have class from Monday to Friday. Class is for three hours each day, typically starting in the morning, and because the program is meant to be intense, students are assigned 3-5 hours of homework. Outside of class (when done with homework of course!) students are encouraged to explore as much as possible, whether that's with sunrise oceanside runs, exploring the cobblestone streets, or taking the metro to nearby neighborhoods.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! There are amazing restaurants all over the city, many within walking distance. The price of groceries in Lisbon is also drastically lower than in America.

How much spending money should I bring for the eight weeks I'll be in Lisbon?

Portugal is relatively cheap for foreign visitors, despite higher costs in the rest of the Eurozone. Living in Lisbon can be "cheap" but not free. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals and laundry. You can expect to pay between $5-$7 for breakfast and lunch, and $7-$15 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. You can expect to spend $30+, just like you would in America, for nice dinners out with drinks. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Lisbon during the program?

It's the height of summer during the program! Because Lisbon is coastal, it's more moderate than some other parts of Europe, but it's still toasty. You can expect daytime temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheight, with nighttime temperatures around 60. It'll most likely rain around 5 days every month. So basically, paradise!

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Lisbon. You can learn more on the CDC website here.

How good are the medical facilities?

The Portuguese health was ranked as 12th best in the world in a World Health Organization report. Private care will be more than sufficient for most health issues, and won't cost too much.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have arranged travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, your university health insurance will often cover international travel, and independent insurance schemes are quite affordable.

We recommend chatting to your medical service provider about the process of taking out travel medical insurance that guarantees that you will be covered for any emergency while in Portugal. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.

Do I need a visa to come to Portugal?

Portugal is a part of the European Union, so American citizens can visit for 90 days, no questions asked (more info here). Citizens of other countries should check their entry requirements.