Frequently Ask Questions

The following are the questions most frequently asked by accepted students and their parents. 
 

When are spring/fall break and long weekends so that I can plan travel or to have visitors?​

​Each semester does have a break but they vary each year, depending on the university schedule. Spring break 2014 dates will be posted here in the fall.  No travel should be booked without consulting with the semester schedule to ensure that your plans do not conflict with any programs commitments. 
 

I'm arriving early, or my family is planning to visit, are there recommended hotels near campus?

 The program dates take into account that students will need some time to acclimate before the semester.  But if students do wish to arrive sooner, before the start of the program, please note that they are responsible for their transportation from the airport and all accomodations until the start of the semester.

There are many options for places to stay and students can contact the ISA staff in Cape Town for suggestions.
 

Do I need to bring pillows/blankets/linens/towels?

​These are all provided, but often students prefer to bring their own anyway.  There is a mall that is easily accesible and other shops where students can buy whatever they need and didn't bring.
 

Do I need special health insurance?

Trinity provides, as part of the comprehensive fee for the program, excellent international medical insurance. Students should maintain whatever insurance they have in the U.S. so that there are no gaps in coverage, but they do not need to acquire additional insurance on their own. 
 

Do I need any additional immunizations?

There are no additional immunizations needed for Cape Town but if students are travelling to the northern part of the country and to neighboring countries, there are some precautions that should be taken such as malaria and typhoid.  Students should consult the website for the Center for Disease Control at cdc.gov
 

I am vegetarian/vegan or have other dietary restrictions. Will this be a problem?

 South African food offers a wide variety of cuisine from other parts of the world, including India, Asia and Europe.  Any type of food that is found here in the United States can be found in Cape Town.  Vegetarians have done fine in Cape Town and because students prepare their own meals, dietary restriction are very managable.