Study for the summer in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, home of Pasadena City College's Summer 2017 Study Abroad program, is the oldest city in South Africa. Rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town has it all - stunning mountains, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant multicultural art scene. Immerse yourself in the diverse culture of this cosmopolitan African city as you explore its rich and often turbulent history, and witness its resiliency, first-hand.

Visit Robben Island and the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life, the District Six Museum, and the Bo-Kaap Museum & Slave Lodge. Explore Langa Township with a community guide. Meet the endangered penguins of Boulders Beach. Search for lions, elephants, kudo, zebra, and giraffes while on safari. Climb Table Mountain by cable car, and explore the beautiful beaches, lagoons, and waterfalls of the South African Garden Route.

Program Dates

July 7 to August 6, 2017

Program Fee


Excludes airline taxes & PCC tuition. Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students.

Info Sessions

Meet the faculty and learn more about the program at one of our Information Sessions! 

  • March 7 at 2 pm in C-217
  • March 30 at 12 pm in C-217
  • April 6 at 3 pm in C-157 & 6 pm in LL-306
  • April 27 at 10 am  in LL-306
  • May 4 at 3 pm in C-217
  • May 16 at 12 pm in C-257 & 6 pm in LL-306

Program Dates

  • Monday, June 26 – Thursday, July 6: Pre-departure classes at PCC
  • Friday, July 7: Group flight departs U.S. for South Africa
  • Sunday, July 9: Arrive in Cape Town, transfer to accommodations
  • Monday, July 10: Classes begin / guided sightseeing tour of Cape Town
  • Sunday, August 6: End of program. Group flight departs Cape Town for the U.S.

Program Fees

$3,600 (Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students)

Program Fee Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Cape Town (CPT) & transfer to student lodge
  • Self-catering accommodation in a student lodge with multi-bedded rooms
  • Wireless access in classroom & student lodge
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Cape Town by private coach
  • Multi-course African Welcome Meal & interactive African drumming session
  • Visits to a variety of Cape Town sights, including Robben Island, the District Six Museum, the Bo-Kaap Museum & Slave Lodge, the Social History Centre, the South African National Gallery & the Cape Town Holocaust Centre
  • Half-day visit to Langa Township
  • Full-day excursion to Table Mountain
  • Full-day excursion to the Cape of Good Hope & the Boulders Beach penguin colony
  • 3 day/2 night excursion along the Garden Route and a guided 'Big Five' game drive/safari
  • On-site faculty, student support staff member, and 24-hour emergency contact service
  • Accident and illness insurance
  • Liability insurance

Program fee does not include:

  • Mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $595 (subject to change).
  • Refundable housing damage deposit ($125)
  • Meals
  • Optional personal effects coverage ($90) and medical insurance upgrade ($65)
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • PCC course registration fees
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses
Item: Fee: Deadline:
Enrollment Deposit $450.00 April 24, 2017
Balance of Fees $3,150.00 May 12, 2017
Airline Taxes (estimate) $595.00        
May 12, 2017
Housing Damage Deposit (refundable)                   
$125.00 May 12, 2017
Total $4,320.00  
Optional Upgrades: Fee: Deadline:
Medical Insurance Upgrade $65.00 May 12, 2017
Personal Effects Coverage $90.00 May 12, 2017

All students must submit the $450 deposit when completing the online enrollment form. Subsequent payments may be made by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “AIFS.” You may also use American Express, MasterCard or Visa.

Please note: A $35 returned check fee will be charged on all checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds.

AIFS Transportation Package

Tickets purchased from AIFS are exclusively on scheduled airlines (not charters). They are not endorsable to another carrier. Flights are not necessarily direct or non-stop, and frequent flyer miles are not applicable. The AIFS Transportation Package includes round-trip ground transportation from the airport in South Africa to your accommodations on the regularly scheduled program dates.

A minimum of 10 participants must take the AIFS flight for it to be offered.


Two courses will be offered during the summer study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa; History 029B African American History 1865 to  present and History 027B Modern Africa. The United States and South Africa are White settler nations that relied upon the extraction of labor from racially marginalized Black people to achieve economic success. Each created an infrastructure of laws, policies, practices and sanctioned violence to control those populations and then ultimately both would transition into the 21th century still grappling with the color line. Through reading, reflection, travel, dialogue and writing participants will come away with a deeper understanding of both societies.


Participants must enroll in both classes for a total of 6 units.

Course #

Course Name


History 027B Modern Africa


History 029B African American History from 1865


* All courses are CSU/UC transferable.* Honors Program credit for those who qualify

Program Faculty

Dr. Christopher West, History

Dr. Christopher West is on the faculty of Pasadena City College, where his creative and dynamic teaching inspires students to delve deeply into the complexities of American history and grapple with both the aspirations and contradictions of the country's founding beliefs.

A native Angeleno, Dr. West transitioned to the academy completing his doctoral thesis "More Than My Color: Race, Space and Politics in Black Los Angeles, 1940 - 1968,"at the University of Southern California (USC) where he was the first African American man to take a Ph.D. in History from that institution. His service to USC included directing the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund that assisted economically disadvantaged and ethnically underrepresented students. West's arts administration experience includes service as the curator of history for the California African American Museum in Los Angeles where he originated and designed exhibitions that traveled nationally.

Dr. West received his B.A. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Southern California.

Phone: (626) 585-7236

Meals & Accommodations

Accommodations in a furnished, self-catering, student lodge located in the observatory district of Cape Town. You will stay in a multi-bedded room with one to three other students. The lodge includes shared bathrooms, living areas, and a fully-equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals. Linens and towels will be provided and you will have access to laundry facilities.

You will be invoiced for a $125 refundable damage deposit in addition to the program fees.

Excursions & Activities

Orientation Tour
Orientation program upon arrival followed by a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Cape Town, a multi-course African Welcome Meal, and an interactive African drumming session.

Local Activities
The group will visit a variety of Cape Town sights, including Robben Island and the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life; the District Six Museum; the Bo-Kaap Museum & Slave Lodge; the Social History Centre; the South African National Gallery; and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre.

Langa Township Excursion
Stroll the alleyways of the oldest planned township in Cape Town with a community guide. This township once housed male migrant workers who were not allowed to live within the boundaries of the city during apartheid. Explore this vibrant, resilient, community and stop for a drink at a local shabeen (tavern).

Table Mountain Excursion
No trip to Cape Town is complete without venturing to the flat-topped summit of Table Mountain. Explore the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens at the eastern foot of the mountain, then journey to the summit via Cable Car for a spectacular panoramic view of the city, Robben Island, and Table Bay.

Cape of Good Hope Excursion
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky promontory at the tip of the Cape Peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, and visit the endangered penguins of Boulders Beach - one of the few land-based African penguin colonies in the world. 

Garden Route Tour & "Big 5" Game Drive/Safari
3 day/2 night guided excursion along the scenic Garden Route, an ecologically diverse stretch of the South African coast housing rocky coastlines, indigenous forests, mountains, beaches, and chains of lakes and lagoons. Highlights include a "Big 5" 4 x 4 game drive/safari through a reserve where you will search for lions, white rhinos, buffalo, elephants, kudo, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffes in their natural habitat; a hike to a waterfall; canoeing along the Wilderness lagoon; and exploring the narrow stalactite-filled passageways of the Cango Caves.

Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Grants, loans, and scholarships may be used to pay program fees.

Apply immediately. You should allow up to eight weeks for your financial aid request to be processed.

More About Financial Aid options at PCC

Apply to Study in Cape Town!

We are now accepting applications for the Cape Town 2017 Program! Applications submitted in February & March will be given priority. A limited amount of spots are available for this program. Apply now!

To be eligible for the program, you must be at least 18 years old on the date of departure. All adult students and varied educational backgrounds are welcome! You do not need to be a current PCC student to join the program.

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More Information

Contact Professor Andrea Murray, Study Abroad Coordinator