Each semester in​ Cape Town includes some excursions to expose students to different areas of Cape Town and beyond.  The excursions vary each semester but have included:

Robben Island: Robben Island is historically known for its isolated prison dating back all the way to the 1600s. Students explore the grounds and visit the cell of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned here for 18 years. The island now houses a museum that commemorates South Africa’s complicated past.

Hermanus: Students travel approximately 75 miles from Cape Town to the Hermanus Backpacker Lodge, ranked one of the best hostels throughout South Africa.  Students can choose their own adventure by participating in activities such as sea kayaking, a whale-watching expedition, exploring the charming town, or relaxing on the nearby beach.

Cape Peninsula: The Cape Peninsula has countless areas to explore: Cape Point, Camp Bay and Boulders Beach, an area of the Cape between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans that is a popular destination for tourists and good place to find penguins.

Table Mountain:  Table Mountain is located adjacent to the University of Cape Town, Table Mountain stands as one of the most iconic natural landscapes in South Africa. Led by a guide, students hike the winding trails identifying indigenous plants. At the summit, students are rewarded with a panoramic view of Cape Town and the sprawling coastline.

Volunteer Experience and Aquila Game Reserve: The Aquila Private Game Reserve is a game reserve in Western Cape Province, South Africa. Aquila has animals such as the Springbok, Lion, Cape Porcupine, Olive Baboon, Leopard, and African Elephant. In addition to going on a game drive, students will volunteer their time for a day in the town of Touws.


All students studying on the Trinity in Cape Town program are required to complete an experiential internship and an internship seminar, which will be graded and will be the equivalent to 1.0 academic credit.

An internship in an international setting can be very rewarding but demands patience, flexibility and sensitivity. The purpose of the Cape Town internships are to expose students to different neighborhoods and communities in and around Cape Town,  enabling students to investigate a particular interest or career option.

The emphasis is on field experience, which is complemented by a written paper at the end of the semester, as well as a supervisor’s assessment of the student’s performance.  During the internship process, the student will take part in an internship seminar with the Trinity in Cape Town Academic Director and will be supported by their internship supervisor at the organization.
After a student has been accepted to the Cape Town program, they will submit applications to their top two organizations and will be placed with an organization before arriving in Cape Town.
Sample placements:
  • Primary School
  • Maternity Hospital
  • Radio Station
  • Animal Shelter
  • Organization working with people with disabilities
  • AIDS/HIV clinic and education
  • Human Rights organization
  • Women’s Rights organization


Students have access to all university clubs and sports teams and are encouraged to join and get involved.


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