Living and Learning in Cape Town

There are numerous learning opportunities available for students in Cape Town. Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits while in Cape Town, but students can also opt to participate in an academic learning track, attending public lectures and attending seminars held by the Stanford center, as well as academic internships. The focus of the Cape Town program is community engagement. The city and its communities offer rich opportunities for learning, and students are encouraged to engage the city in intentional and sensitive ways. There are two components to Cape Town’s community engagement program: community-based participatory partnership research, and community engaged learning. While participation in the research program is optional, all students are expected to participate in community engaged learning.

Community-Based Partnership Research

Students may choose the focus of their research while in Cape Town, however, this must be negotiated and agreed on by any participating organization before arriving in Cape Town. Students wishing to research with organizations that are not BOSP center partners must obtain permission from the Cape Town program director.


Internships in Cape Town are focused on areas such as education, public health, human rights and science and technology. We encourage contextually sensitive engagement, and we emphasize reflective practice to facilitate student learning.