Cape Town is surrounded on two sides by mountains—including Table Mountain, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world—which is only a few minutes' drive from your accommodation. You might start your day with a sunrise hike, then head to class, and end with sunset drinks on the beach. Paradise!
Cape Town puts a huge emphasis on the quality of its food: from health to sustainability, to, of course, taste. An average lunch will cost you $7, and dinner $10—and $20 if you really go all out (drinks included!).
With so much nature, it's incredibly easy to stay fit by going on hikes or runs on the seaside promenade. There's also a vibrant subculture around yoga, gymming, and general wellness (as well as a humming fast food scene)—so you can get your fix, whatever your tastes.
There are amazing beaches, cafes, restaurants, and parks in the neighborhoods around the iX housing and classrooms. We're all about community, so we'll also schedule group dinners, social events, fun classes in anything from professional development to poker, and maybe even karaoke.
Out of the city, there are plenty of experiences that will wow you—and challenge you. We'll point you to once-in-a-lifetime activities that you'll struggle to forget, whether in the ocean, sky, desert, forest, or safari.
UVA Global Studies Course
For the first four weeks, you'll take a UVA course that will expand your understanding of the South African context—politics, culture, history, and some of the most pressing challenges that the country and its people face. You'll also have the option to take a language course for 1 additional credit.
iX Course & Internship
For the following six weeks, you'll take an iX career-focused course and internship that will give you both intensive classwork and practical work experience in topics like data science or finance. The course will also encourage you to think about how to address some of the challenges you grappled with in the previous course.
All non-South African nationality students attending iXperience Cape Town are required to apply for a visa. We'll give you more information about your visa requirements once you're accepted into the program.
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 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.
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 iX 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.
At iXperience we strive to partner with safe, upmarket accommodation providers in trendy locations. 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!
You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! You’ll have a lot of restaurant options available within walking distance of class and the iX Village.
Getting to class
Transport to and from the iX classrooms 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.
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 at your own cost. Once your internship is finalized we will help you organize the logistics.
There are gyms within walking distance of the iX classrooms, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, yoga studios, aerobics classes, and more.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!