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Experience South Africa with AIFS Abroad

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Go Abroad in South Africa

South Africa’s million-plus square kilometers host a variety of landscapes, from breathtaking coasts and mountains in the south to the grassland bush in the north. Study abroad with AIFS to explore this diverse and wild land for yourself!

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Choosing the Right City for You

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Stellenbosch

Spectacular mountain ranges surround Stellenbosch, the university town in the winelands of the Western Cape. The elegant Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian houses that grace the oak tree-lined streets reflect the history of one of South Africa’s oldest towns. Take a stroll and you’ll find interesting museums, open-air coffee shops, bars and bistros and a thriving arts scene; go further afield and you can hike through vineyards, orchards and mountain ranges. The students are an integral part of the town bringing a vibrancy to Stellenbosch’s otherwise tranquil and laid-back atmosphere.  

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This is your chance to set yourself apart. Explore the world and your interests while earning academic credit and developing your personal and professional skills.

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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Living here has been great! The flat which I stay in has a community kitchen and common room, and then 4 single rooms with their own bathrooms. The building itself is extremely secure. Stellenbosch has been more than I anticipated, and a great place to stay for international students!

South Africa is beautiful. We have South African students living and going to classes with us which is very cool. We had a field trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years…it was really interesting. Our itinerary is packed with awesome classes and excursions.

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