Location: Cape Town, South Africa, Africa

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester (second semester): late July - early December
Spring Semester (first semester): mid-February - late June

First Semester: mid-February - late June
Second Semester: late July - early December

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Application Deadline: 

  • Fall/Academic Year: January 23 (final)
  • Spring: July 23 (final)

Subjects Available:

  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology
  • Communications
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Education - Secondary Education
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Languages - German
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

The University: For over 20 years the University of Missouri has been a formal academic partner of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), located in Belleville, outside of Cape Town, South Africa. The linkage arose in the period of apartheid and reflected UM's efforts to make a positive difference in a country whose government systematically disadvantaged its majority population. Over the years, more than 350 faculty exchanges have taken place, establishing a broad reservoir of familiarity between the two institutions.

Through historic changes brought about by the end of apartheid and the adoption of a new South African constitution in 1994, the UM/UWC linkage evolved as well. In Fall 1998, UWC and UM's four campuses began exchanging students.

UWC was founded in the 1960's to meet the educational needs for people classified as "Coloured." It grew dramatically in the 1980's and early 1990's and now enrolls approximately 12,000 students in a wide range of academic programs. Today, with its autonomous status, UWC is open to all South Africans and operates under a non-racial democratic philosophy. It is recognized as a progressive institution with a well-earned reputation as one of the intellectual centers of the opposition to apartheid. Archbishop Desmond Tutu currently serves as the chancellor of the university. As with other historically disadvantaged universities in South Africa, it continues to struggle with underfunding, heavy teaching loads for most faculty and some underprepared students. True to its activist tradition, UWC students are involved in the political process and mobilize other students on various issues.

Academics: UMSL students may enroll in any UWC courses for which they are qualified and for which space is available. Students will typically enroll in courses in the humanities, social sciences and business, but nursing, public health and other disciplines may offer possibilities as well. Depending on your major field, practicum and research opportunities may be available.

Housing: Most students choose to live in the on-campus dormitories. There are shared and single rooms available. Housing is guaranteed if you go during UWC's first semester (February - June). There is also the possibility of staying with a South African host family. This is an excellent way to truly immerse yourself in the local culture.

Activities and Programs:

Location: Western Cape is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. While in Cape Town make sure to visit the cosmopolitan malls, the beautiful beaches, and explore the rich history of South Africa, a visit to sites of historical importance in South Africa, including Robben Island and the District 6 Museum.

International Office Website: http://www.uwc.ac.za/International-Relations-Department/Pages/default.aspx

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Books and course materials  $300.00
Accommodations  $2400.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1600.00
Airfare $1700.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Other $500.00
Total $10,729.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes registration