The Curriculum

The Trinity in Cape Town program offers a broad liberal-arts curriculum through a combination of Trinity-taught courses and courses taken at a local host university.  

All students take two Trinity courses - the Trinity Core Course, Imagining South Africa, and an Internship Seminar. 

To compliment the Trinity classes, students take courses at a local university. Through our two academic university partners, the University of Western Cape and the University of Cape Town, students have a wide range of academic disciplines to choose from including, political science, human rights, history, english, economics, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, sciences, and public policy, to name a few.  Internships, complimented by program excursions and opportunities for students to join local clubs, fosters quality immersion opportunities. 

Choosing Courses and Getting Academic Credit

Academic Overview:

Students must take a minimum of 4.0 credits and a maximum of 6.0 credits while in Cape Town.  
Trinity Core Course – Imagining South Africa:        1.0 credit
Trinity Internship Seminar:                                                   1.0 credit
2-3 electives at UCT or UWC                                                 1.0 credit (with some exceptions)
Trinity courses
Students will automatically be enrolled in the two Trinity courses and will receive in-house credit for both.  If students want major or minor credit for the Trinity courses, they must get approval from the respective department Chairs at Trinity.  This core course gives students a solid understanding of pre and post-apartheid South Africa and you should familiarize yourself with the syllabus so that you do not enroll in a similar course at the university. 
University courses
The academic year in South Africa begins in January:
Trinity spring semester = semester I
Trinity fall semester = semester II
Students will enroll themselves in the university courses upon arrival in South Africa but must pre-select courses as part of the university application process.  These courses will be awarded as transfer credit but, because these courses are in conjunction with a Trinity program, they will calculate into the student GPA, as the Trinity courses will.

Host Universities

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the oldest institution of higher education in South Africa and one of the top universities on the continent. The UCT campus is situated at the base of Table Mountain in the attractive suburb of Rondebosch. UCT is a leading institution of teaching and research in the country, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in most academic and professional fields. UCT enrolls approximately 20,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates. A wide array of courses are available in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a national university committed to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa and responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. Located in the northern suburbs of greater Cape Town, the campus is tucked between the mountains and the sea and has a history of creative struggle against oppression and discrimination. Established in 1959 as a constituent college to the University of South Africa Pretoria, it began as an apartheid institution for people classified as "coloured" and was entirely under White control. It was granted independence in 1970 and today has seven faculties and over one hundred departments. The UWC offers a varied and cosmopolitan community of over 13,700.