When are semester breaks and long weekends so that I can plan for travel or visiting friends and family?
Each semester does have a break but they vary each year, depending on each university's schedule. No travel should be booked without consulting with your university's schedule for the semester that you will be studying in Cape Town to ensure that your plans do not conflict with any programs commitments.
I'm arriving early. Can I stay at the program housing before the start date of my program?
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.
My family is planning to visit. Are there recommended hotels ?
There are many options for places to stay near program housing and universities. Some information will be given during pre-departure orientation and in your pre-departure handbook, but students can also ask the ISA on-site staff for suggesstions.
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. Some students find this easier than bringing bulky pillows and blankets in their suitcase from the United States.
Do I need special health insurance?
Trinity provides, as part of the comprehensive fee for the program, excellent international medical insurance. Students should maintain their U.S.-based health insurance 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 required immunizations needed for Cape Town, but we recommend that you check with your physician regarding any recommendations that they may have for your time in South Africa. If students are travelling to the northern part of South Africa or to neighboring countries, your doctor may recommend immunizations such as malaria or typhoid. Your physician should advise you on if this there are some precautions that should be taken such as malaria and typhoid. Students can also 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.