Trinity in Cape Town

First established in 1998, Trinity in Cape Town provides students with the opportunity to spend a semester or year in this fascinating city while studying at prestigious local universities. South Africa is a dynamic country recovering from years of racial and class oppression.  The nation's unique history, diverse population, and varied cultures make this an extraordinary opportunity to participate and learn in a thought provoking and stimulating political environment. All students take a Trinity core course, “Imagining South Africa,”  complete a community engagement internship and take remaining courses at a prestigious South African university.

Program Snapshot

Terms offered: Spring & Fall

Language of instruction: English

Eligibility: 2.7 GPA (UWC) or 3.0 (UCT)

Housing: Student apartments

Internship: Required (1.0 Trinity credit = 3.5 credit hours)

Academic Partners: University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape

Recommended majors/possible areas of study: African Studies; International Studies, Political Science, Urban Studies, History, Environmental Science, Biology, Women, Gender & Sexuality, Sciences, Theater and Dance; Engineering, Human Rights, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Arts and more.

The City

Tucked beneath the appropriately named Table Mountain, Cape Town is an exhilarating port city, rich in history, architecture, and cultural pursuits. The city is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where two oceans converge—the Indian and the Atlantic—and where immense natural beauty and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban center come together.
Cape Town takes its name from the term “Cape of Good Hope,” Africa’s southern-most point, founded in 1482 by Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz. Today the city has a population of 3.5 million and is the provincial capital of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa. The city is a cultural melting pot, with a diverse and vibrant character is influenced by Xhosa, Zulu, and other African tribes, as well as Indonesian, French, Dutch, British, and German settlers.


The Trinity in Cape Town program is run in association with ISA, an educational organization that provides students with student support services for the duration of their time in South Africa.  The ISA staff in Cape Town work together with the Trinity Academic Director and arrange student housing, coordinate arrival and orientation arrangements, manage university enrollments and provide additional assistance as needed throughout the semester.

Application Deadlines

Mar. 1st - Fall sessions

Oct. 1st - Spring sessions

REVIEW the 3-Step Application Process​