Cape Town Handbook
(Second Semester 2011)
University of the Western Cape
July 2 – November 19, 2011
University of Cape Town
July 10 – November 16, 2011
Office of International Programs
66 Vernon Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Note: All information in this handbook is subject to change, especially dates, fees, and
visa information. Check with the OIP for the most updated information. This guide is
meant as a reference only for general information.
PART I: PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Program dates, Who’s who, Contact information, About the City
PART II: PRE-DEPARTURE
Passports, Visas, Airline Tickets, Packing, International Student ID Card, Recommended
Reading, Registering with the US Embassy
PART III: ARRIVAL AND BEYOND
Greeting Upon Arrival, Housing, Telephones, Banking and Money, Computers and
Internet, Electrical Appliances
PART IV: ACADEMICS
Academics at a Glance, Requires Courses, Internships, Course Credit, Academic Differences
PART V: HEALTH AND SAFETY
Medicine, Health Insurance, Personal Property Insurance, HIV/AIDS, Travel Advisories
PART VI: CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT
Cultural Shock, Advice for LGBT, Women, Minorities and Students with Disabilities
PART VII: TRINITY COLLEGE POLICIES AND
Intellectual Honesty, Academic Standards, Conduct
PART VIII: ADVICE AND TIPS FROM STUDENTS
PART I: PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Program Dates for Fall 2011 (Second Semester)
University of the Western Cape
July 2 – November 19, 2011
University of Cape Town
July 10 – November 16, 2011
The Trinity in Cape Town program is a hybrid program in coordination with Interstudy. Trinity has
academic staff in Cape Town but utilizes the program infrastructure of Interstudy to give students an
academically strong immersion program.
The Trinity Academic Director will teach students the Trinity core course and will also facilitate and oversee
the student’s internships in conjunction with the Interstudy staff.
Interstudy will place students in their housing, provide an orientation upon arrival, and provide academic
and student support services throughout the semester.
Students will receive 2 more Handbooks from Interstudy and the host university and they should keep all
and refer to them for information throughout the semester.
TRINITY IN CAPE TOWN WHO’S WHO AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
If your family needs to urgently contact you, they should contact the Office of International Programs at
Trinity first. Outside normal college business hours, your family should contact Trinity’s Campus Safety
Office at (860) 297-2222 who will get in touch with the advisor from the OIP. In addition, your family
can contact the On-Site Director directly.
Trinity College Staff in Hartford:
Program Coordinator, Eleanor Emerson
Trinity College office of International Programs
66 Vernon Street, Hartford
Faculty Sponsor, Johnny Williams
Associate Professor of Sociology
Faculty Sponsor, Seth Markle
Assistant Professor of History and International Studies
Trinity College Staff in Cape Town:
Academic Director, Sibs Moodley-Moore
R310, Helshoogte Hwy
Home tel 021 885 1855
Cell: 083 280 2613
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
A former Trinity professor in Hartford, CT and a native South African, Sibs is the Academic Director for
the Cape Town program. She teaches Trinity’s Core Course, “Imagining South Africa” and oversees the
Interstudy Staff in U.S.:
Enrollment Manager, Emily Whalen
63 Edward Street
Medford, Massachusett 02155
Originally from Cleveland, Emily holds a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College. Emily brings
with her a recent study abroad experience as an Interstudy student in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Emily
assists students pre-departure with course selection at the two host universities as well as with the student
visa application process.
Interstudy Staff in South Africa:
Ouma Mpela, Resident Director, South Africa
Interstudy Cape Town
Room 334-5 P D Hahn Building, Chemistry Hall, UCT
Phone: 2 (721) 650- 5844 or 2 (721) 650-5845
Ouma was born in a small town called Litchenburg in the North Province of South Africa. She holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Potchefstroom, and in 1998 she began her postgraduate
studies in Human Resources Management at the University of Cape Town. In 2000 Ouma joined the staff
of the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) at the University of Cape Town. Ouma is
member of NAFSA in the US, as well as the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA).
Nj Sithole, Assistant Resident Director South Africa
Nj was born in New York City. His parents returned to their homeland The Republic of South Africa in
1995, with Nj and his little brother in tow. Upon completing his high school education, Nj enrolled at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal and graduated with his a BA in social science. He completed his honours
degree in Cultural Communication and Media Studies as well as in Drama. Throughout Nj's university
career he has been employed by UKZN's international office and now works exclusively with interstudy.
Chris Kotze, Program Administrator
Chris was born and raised in Cape Town. In 2002, he left South Africa for the United States to attend
University thanks to a swimming scholarship. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Business
from Texas Christian University. After graduating, he worked for a large student travel agency in Dallas
where he enjoyed working closely with students and Universities in the study abroad arena. Having been
fortunate enough to travel around much of the US and the globe, he believes Cape Town to be the most
beautiful and vibrant city on earth and is passionate about introducing new people to his hometown and to
Sebe Mtshali, Administrative Coordinator
Sebe was born and raised in KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. She completed her undergraduate
studies at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Environmental Science and Oceanography. Sebe has
been involved with student matters during most of her university career, working closely with the
Orientation Office at UCT.
Other Important Trinity College Contacts:
Office of International Programs, (OIP) (860) 297-2005
Xiangming Chen, Dean of Urban and Global Studies, (860) 297-5170
Linda Gilbert, Trinity College Registrar’s Office, (860) 297-2119
Carolyn LeGeyt, Trinity College Financial Aid, (860) 297-2045
Dina Jorge, Trinity College Student Accounts, (860) 297-2027
Marcia Johnson, Trinity College Business Office, (860) 297-2041
Frederick Alford, Trinity Dean of Students Office, (860) 297-2156
Randolph Lee, Trinity Counselling Centre, (860) 297-2415
Martha Burke O’Brien, Trinity Health Centre, (860) 297-2018
Susan Salisbury, Trinity Housing, (860) 297-4281
Campus Safety, (860) 297-2222
ABOUT THE CITY:
Cape Town is one of the smallest big cities in the world and is also a city of contrasts. In between the
green manicured suburbs and the lush winelands are found sprawling townships where food and plumbing
Some argue that Cape Town is trying to be “little Europe” with trendy shops, restaurants and fancy cars.
Others still argue it’s too African, with street traders selling their wares at traffic lights. Which ever you
believe, visitors cannot deny the charms of the natural beauty and the sophistication of a first world city that
Cape Town possesses.
PART II: PRE-DEPARTURE
You need to have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, you
should apply for one IMMEDIATELY and go through an expedited service. Passports are taking up to 3
months or longer, so this is essential. Go to www.travel.state.gov for more information about how to apply
for a new passport or renew a passport. You can apply for passports in person at passport offices (see
website for details or look in the blue / government pages of your local phone book) or through major post
offices. If you need an expedited passport, you will find information on this site about how to obtain one.
Alternatively, you can contact an independent passport agency. The following sites will lead you to three
such agencies (Please note that these agencies are not endorsed by Trinity College in any way and are simply
provided as resources):
If you already have a passport, please be sure that it is valid for at least 6 months beyond the last day of the
program or the last day you plan to spend abroad. If it is not, you will need to order a new passport right
Students should scan or make 3 copies of their passport ID page: 1 left home with family, 1 kept in
the home abroad, 1 kept with the student at all times for ID
DO NOT carry your passport around with you. It should be kept in a secure place where you are
DO take your actual passport with you when traveling between cities or countries.
A South African Study Permit is required of all U.S. students who study in South Africa, and Emily at
Interstudy will be in communication with students regarding the process.
Students will need to purchase a round-trip ticket to South Africa. Students on the program may
opt to travel together on a group flight arranged by Interstudy and STA Travel or arrange for their
own flights. All students must arrive on the program’s designated start/arrival date and may not
leave before the program end date, REGARDLESS of their exam schedule. Students who wish to
stay beyond the program dates may do so at their own expense and will need to arrange their own
For students who purchase their own ticket, it is recommended that students purchase their ticket through
an agency or the airline directly and NOT through Expedia, Travelocity, etc. If there is a schedule change
or flight cancellation, you have little to no protection through these companies. It is also NOT advisable to
purchase the most restrictive ticket, in the event you want to or need to make changes.
Trinity College has a partnership with STA Travel and students are welcome, but not required, to book
through them. Students can contact them online at http://www.statravel.com. They are authorized to
sell airline tickets to students at discounted student rates. They are aware of the needs and interests of
student travelers and are able to provide information on tour packages, travel insurance, etc. Also, they are
able to secure flexible ticket arrangements at cheaper prices than most other agencies. Flexible tickets are
tickets that allow you to change return dates without huge penalties, fly into and out of different cities, etc.
You should expect to pay approximately $1700- $2500 for travel from New York or Boston to Cape Town
For general information on traveling to South Africa, you can visit the following web site:
http://www.southafrica.net/. The New York consulate web site has many useful links as well (Again, this
site is http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/consulate/).
Students who choose to arrive before the program has begun must take full responsibility for their
own lodging and safety, travel arrangements, etc. Trinity College cannot be held responsible or liable
for any student who does not abide by the program's published schedule. Occasionally, students request to
arrive earlier if they wish to have an extra day or two to adjust to the city and recover from jet lag. Students
who elect to do this will be responsible for arranging pre-program accommodation and for their own
transportation upon arrival in the city. The College cannot offer assistance or make provisions for a
student's care, lodging, meals, or well-being, should the student arrive early or remain longer at the program.
Once you have made a flight reservation, please send the details to Emily at Interstudy andEleanor
Rule #1: If you can’t carry it, don’t bring it!
Students studying abroad tend to over pack. Only bring what you can carry (you do not need as much as
you think you do) – it is very expensive to mail things to and from South Africa, so keep in mind what you
bring with you must come back with you. You will want to buy clothes, souvenirs, and other items in South
Africa, so try to leave room in your luggage for these items.
The climate in South Africa is generally milder than in some parts of the USA and Europe, and the
temperatures do not reach the extremes that they do here. Keep in mind, however, that the seasons are
reversed and that you will be arriving in the opposite season you left.
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and wet winters. Umbrellas are pretty useless in
Cape Town, owing to the strength of the winter winds, but a raincoat will be very useful to you.
Most buildings do not have central heating so you will want to bring clothes that can be layered. Past
students have said that it can feel very cold in South Africa – even if the temperatures do not get as low as
they do in the U.S.
Suggested items to bring with you:
Electric currency converter and adapter
Dress set of clothes (just in case you go somewhere fancy)
Business casual clothes for students who plan to do an internship.
Light to medium winter coat
Pillow and towel
All prescription medications, favorite OTC medications, extra glasses or contacts.
Comfortable, casual clothing that can be easily cared for and layered and good walking shoes
Sweaters and layers for indoor wear
REGISTER WITH THE U.S. EMBASSY:
Students MUST register with the U.S. Embassy (or the embassy of their citizenship). Travel registration is a
free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign
country. Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the
Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency. Americans residing abroad can also get
routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. You should go to:
The Embassy or Consulate WILL:
Issue you a new passport or replace one that is lost/stolen.
Contact the State Department at their expense for further instructions, if you cannot verify your
Help you find medical or legal services in the case of an emergency and help notify friends or family
Tell you what to do if something is stolen and have funds wired on your behalf, if necessary.
The Embassy or Consulate WILL NOT:
Give or lend money or cash checks.
Serve as a travel agent or an information bureau.
Act as interpreters or couriers.
Arrange for free medical or legal services.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ID CARD:
An International Student I.D. card (ISIC) can be very valuable and is provided for each student by
Interstudy. In addition to providing students with travel discounts and serving as a recognized form of
identification, the card provides extra travel insurance, including a set amount toward emergency medical
evacuation. Students who have the card have access to an emergency help line that can assist you if you lose
your passport, need a doctor, etc.
The International Student Identity Card benefits include:
$250,000 for emergency evacuation (mental health problems are excluded)
$25,000 for repatriation of remains
$10,000 for accident medical expenses
$5,000 for accidental death or dismemberment while traveling as an airline passenger
$1,000 for accidental death or dismemberment
$500 for lost document replacement
$100 per day up to 100 days for in-hospital expenses
$100 baggage delay
$100 travel delay
*This information is subject to change; please note and check for updates!
RECOMMENDED READING AND WEBSITES:
Lonely Planet Guide to South Africa or Rough Guide to South Africa
Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela;
Country of My Skull, Antjie Krog
Tomorrow is Another Country, Allister Sparks
Ah, But Your Land is Beatuiful, Alan Paton
Gooseberry Fool, James McClure
You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, Zoe Wicomb
The Dead Shall Arise, Jeffrey Peires
Imaginings of Sand, Andre Brink
Fools and other Stories, Njabulo Ndebele
My Traitor’s Heart, Rian Malan
Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay.
South Africa’s newspaper Weekly Mail & Guardian (in English) can be found on the web at: www.mg.co.za/
Other resources to review before your departure:
The U.S. State Department has launched a "Students Abroad" website designed for students, their
parents, education abroad professional, etc. It has great information and students may download
flyers called Go! guides as well as a Tips to Go Wallet Card. http://studentsabroad.state.gov/
PART III: ARRIVAL AND BEYOND
You will either fly directly to Cape Town International Airport or you may enter South Africa through
Johannesburg International Airport and transfer on a national/domestic flight to Cape Town. Whenever
possible we recommend that students fly directly to Cape Town as this reduces inconvenience and
Students arriving on the program start date will be met at the airport by the Interstudy staff. From the
airport you will be taken to your apartments
Students will attend one week of orientation activities organized by Interstudy and the host universities.
Trinity students live in fully furnished apartments with other American students on the Interstudy program.
Housing options are arranged for Trinity students by Interstudy. All of the apartments are single rooms and
are fully furnished and equipped with basic necessities, such as silverware, cooking utensils, etc. You will
need to provide your own pillow and towel.
The apartments are situated in the neighborhood of Mowbray and are within walking distance of the campus
(less than 2.5km).
Students will be provided with a mobile phone for use during their stay in Cape Town. There are several
shops around the University where students can buy minutes for their phone. The use of mobile phones is
widespread in South Africa, but costs can be expensive, so plan accordingly. You may use your Trinity-
issued mobile phone for personal calls, but there must always be time left on the phone for emergency
purposes. It is very expensive to call home on your cell phone so students are encouraged to set up Skype
accounts as a more cost efficient way to stay in touch with family and friends.
FINANCES AND BANKING:
South African currency is called the rand. Students should bring a limited amount of South African currency
(about $300-$400 worth) into the country to cover expenses during the first days of your program. There is
also an ATM machine in the airport arrivals area.
ATM Debit Cards
Using ATM debit cards gives you the best exchange rate and is by far the most convenient way to access
money, 24 hours a day. Be sure to check with your bank to make certain of the fees it charges for use of
ATM machines overseas. Some banks impose a significant service charge for use of ATM cards abroad,
while others do not. It is advised to use cards with VISA/Mastercard logo and NOT local Credit
Union/Local bank cards to avoid transaction problems. For security purposes, students should ask their
bank to lower the daily withdrawal limit in case the card is lost or stolen. Students should also notify the
bank that they will be abroad, drawing from the account. Finally students should check with their bank that
their PIN will work abroad. Often other countries will only use numbers or letters and the character limit is
different from here Student must notify their bank that they will be abroad.
Students should have two credits cards - one for use in emergencies only. Cash advances on credit cards are
very expensive since interest begins to accrue immediately so this should only be done in an emergency.
Student must notify their credit card company that they will be abroad.
Students should make a copy of the back and front of all cards (credit and debit) and keep the
copies in a safe place separate from the actual card in case they are lost or stolen.
Once in South Africa, students may wish to open a bank account. The Interstudy staff can help you select a
bank and complete the necessary paperwork. Bank of America has agreements with Barclays bank who has
shares in ABSA which Interstudy uses for students. Students are able to withdraw from ABSA ATMs at 1 %
interest charge. Many students use their US banks/ATM cards to withdraw funds for the semester. Note
that while this is feasible, it is expensive to withdraw a very small amount of money at a time. You will need
to prepare a budget and stick to this to avoid depleting your semester funds too early. Also note that you
will need to go to the ATM with a few friends for safety reasons.
For information on currency conversion, go to www.xe.com.
It is difficult to estimate how much you should expect to spend while in South Africa since everyone has
different spending habits. Interstudy will give students a meal allowance every few weeks which will help to
cover the cost of food.
Students should also budget approximately $3000-$4000 for other on-site expenses (books, supplies, local
transportation, personal expenses, entertainment, and limited travel) during their stay in Cape Town. Again,
it varies widely for each person.
COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET:
Students are strongly advised to bring their laptops to Cape Town if they want to have 24 hour access to a
computer. In order to access the Trinity library and resources, you must get a VPN connection loaded onto
your computer. Please see the Library or the IT department for assistance. All apartments have internet
access but students can also utilize the computers in the University library. There are also Internet cafes
located throughout the city. All apartments have internet access but students must pay for the activation.
Details will be provided upon arrival.
Students should ensure that their computer is up to date on the latest anti-virus programs and software
before leaving for Africa as this can be difficult to manage from there.
Electrical appliances run on 240 volts in South Africa. Electrical appliances from the US will work properly
only if you have the voltage converted; otherwise, you could destroy the appliance. If you bring any
electrical appliances with you, purchase voltage converters beforehand. Please note that a voltage converter
is not the same as an electrical outlet adapter! Most laptop computers have a built-in voltage converter, but
please check all appliances and equipment before using them in Cape Town.
All students MUST always notify the On Site staff of any travel outside of Cape Town.
PART IV: ACADEMICS
The Trinity in Cape Town program combines Trinity College-taught classes and university classes at the
University of Cape Town or University of Western Cape.
Students must be enrolled full-time while on the program, which means that they must be enrolled in a
minimum of 4.00 credits. The maximum number of credits that students can earn for the semester is 5.50.
It is recommended that students primarily take 200 and 300 level courses. (Note: 200-level courses may
require 1-2 previous courses taken in the subject of study; 300-level courses typically require 3-4.) Students
studying in Cape Town for one semester may not take courses that run for a full academic year.
All students on the program take a core course entitled, “Imagining South Africa”, taught by Sibs
This course is intended to provide an interdisciplinary context for your experience in South Africa. The
goal is to systematically relate your personal experience in South Africa with your experiences in the United
States in general and at Trinity College in particular. The focus will therefore be comparative.
Readings will expose you to South Africa from various angles, from that of an Afrikaner soul-searching
liberal (Rian Malan); the autobiography of the daughter of a white liberationist communist couple (Gillian
Slovo); a black consciousness leader (Steve Biko); and a political commentator on the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission (Antjie Krog). The course will conclude with an analysis of a post-modern, post
apartheid novel (J.M. Coetzee)
All students must either enroll in an Internship or an Independent Study. Please see section on
internship/independent study below.
All remaining 2-3 courses will be taken at the University of Cape Town or University of Western Cape.
Students typically earn 1.00 transfer credit for each course taken at UCT or UWC. While students have a
wide range of classes to choose from, they must be liberal arts courses (no business, journalism, law, or any
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading
teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 and was formally established as a university in
1918. The university moved to its present site - the Groote Schuur Campus on the slopes of Devil's Peak -
in 1928. During apartheid, UCT was designated as a “white” institution, but today the University has started
to reflect the diversity of the entire South African population in terms of students, faculty, and staff. The
student body is now 50% white and 50% black or “colored,” but the majority of the faculty remains white.
The university continues to work towards the goal of becoming a truly representative institution that is
equally accessible to students from all over the African continent. Approximately 20,000 students attend
UCT, including over 3000 international students from over 70 countries. Approximately 500 students spend
1-2 semesters studying abroad each year at UCT. Courses at UCT are rigorous and include 3 or 4
lectures plus 1 tutorial every week or every other week depending.
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 students. Courses at UWC are rigorous but have fewer contact hours (1
lecture and 1 tutorial per week) so count for less credit per course.
COURSES AT A GLANCE:
Students must take a minimum of 4.00 credits and a maximum of 5.50 credits for the semester.
Program Core Class – CPTN 279: Imagining South Africa 1.0 credit
2-3 classes at the UCT or UWC 1.0 credit
Internship .50 credit
University Courses and Registration
Course registration at UCT and UWC is quite different from Trinity. Upon arrival in Cape Town, the
Interstudy staff will work closely with each student to get them enrolled in the desires courses.
An internship gives students firsthand experience working in a local NGO and other organizations and
can be very rewarding but demands flexibility and sensitivity.
Exploratory internships enable a student to investigate a particular interest or career option. The emphasis
is on the field experience, which is complemented by a 5-10 page report at the end of the term. This paper
should describe the setting of the field placement, and include an account of tasks and duties performed as
well as an assessment of how the internship broadened or benefited the student. Grading will be based on
the field supervisor evaluation and the paper.
Students will need to provide a resume with academic and work experiences as well as a brief personal
statement of approximately one paragraph explaining their preferences for an internship. Please include
information about any international experiences, personal interests, major, and course work that you have
done that might pertain to a specific internship preference. Upon arrival in South Africa, Ouma from
Interstudy, will supervise the final internship placements and, together with Trinity Academic Director Sibs
Moodley-Moore, will provide students with academic and social support in their internships. They will also
instruct students who are placed in internships about the required paperwork that they must complete to
ensure that they are properly registered.
The internships are designed to give students the opportunity to learn about South Africa and are not
necessarily professional-type business positions. Many of the placements are with organizations that are
very under-staffed and it takes awhile to get the internships set up because students must have their course
schedule determined first so patience is a must.
Past students have worked in the following internships but additional placement options may be possible to
arrange depending on student interest, academic preparation, and background (as well as availability).
1. Amy Biehl Foundation, http://www.amybiehl.org/
The Amy Biehl Foundation Trust is a NGO that creates and runs a number of non-violence and education
programmes in many of the townships surrounding Cape Town.
Interns may be assigned to one or more tasks within the Foundation. Potential roles include fundraising
(proposal and grant writing, presentation development, and events managements), assisting in the
implementation of existing programmes (tutoring, teaching, coaching or building) or aiding in the
development of new programming.
2. Bush Radio, http://www.bushradio.co.za/
Bush Radio’s mission is to ensure that communities who have been denied access to resources take part in
producing ethical, creative and responsible radio that encourages them to communicate with each other, to
take part in decisions that affect their lives, and to celebrate their own cultures. Their activities include (1)
broadcasting, (2) upliftment projects, (3) scholarship and training programs, and (4) human potential
3. IkamvaYouth, http://ikamvayouth.org/
IkamvaYouth is a by-youth, for-youth non-profit organization that enables South African youth to get
themselves out of poverty and into university or employment. It focuses on the empowerment of youth
through education, e-literacy training and career guidance. They provide after-school academic support,
mentoring, computer classes, HIV awareness workshops, testing and counseling and extra-curricular
activities to learners in grades 9 to 12.
4. Impumelelo, http://www.impumelelo.org.za/
Impumelelo is an NGO that awards organizations annually for good governance in service delivery. These
awards form the foundation for their case study research in the areas of education, environment, healthcare,
HIV/AIDS, housing, justice, rural development and social welfare.
Lwandle is a township 30 miles outside Cape Town. Due to the distance, those interested are strongly encouraged to
allow a full day each week to volunteer or intern.
This township has a history as part of a system of migrant labor, single sex hostels and oppressing black
workers through requiring identity documents.
After school programs- Based on the students skills, interns and volunteers can run programs to
help with schoolwork or in areas such as photography, soccer, or theater.
Career exhibition- to help students know how to market themselves and know what their options
are for studying and careers.
Community mapping- project will focus on mapping the township
Education Trustfund- interns or volunteers will help children go on to university by coming up with
Hostel 33- interns or volunteers will compile an oral history in three phases: research the hostel,
interview past occupants, and transcribe the interviews.
6. ODAC (Open Democracy Advice Centre), http://www.opendemocracy.org.za/
The ODAC is a section 21 non-profit company seeking to promote democracy and foster a culture of
corporate and government accountability and responsiveness, and to assist people to realize their human
rights. They do this by supporting the effective implementation of the right to know.
7. Passop, http://passop.co.za/
PASSOP is committed to the promotion and protection of the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and both
documented and un-documented immigrants in South Africa. PASSOP stands for People Against Suffering,
Suppression, Oppression and Poverty, and the word means “beware” in Afrikaans. It is a Cape Town-based
NGO that was founded by a group of Zimbabweans in 2007.
8. POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse), http://www.powa.co.za/
People Opposing Women Abuse was established in 1979 as a response to the high levels of violence against
women experienced in the community. POWA was primarily initiated by volunteers and offered services to
women who experienced domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape and adult survivors of incest. The
Organization has a strong gender sensitive stance and seeks to empower women through the process of
counseling, education, advocacy and lobbying.
9. SWEAT (Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce),
SWEAT is a non-profit organization that works with sex workers around health and human rights. SWEAT
also lobbies and advocates for the decriminalization of adult sex work in South Africa. SWEAT is involved
in direct outreach work with sex workers around health and safety as well as public awareness and advocacy
10. Social Justice Coalition, http://sjc.org.za/
In 2008, a diverse group of individuals from the Cape Town community came together in response to a
xenophobic crisis. It is concerned about the lack of political leadership in the government and its
institutions, which were once again highlighted by this humanitarian crisis. It believes that the economic and
social inequalities that ravage our society and continent have fed a deepening anger amongst the poor and
marginalized. This has led to an explosion of crime. Since its first meeting, the movement has frown and it
now focuses efforts on protecting the Constitution as we believe this to be the tool by which the people can
keep their government accountable.
11. St. Agnes School
Tutor or assistant teach at a catholic school in Cape Town
12. WLC (The Women’s Legal Centre), http://www.wlce.co.za/
The WLC is a non-profit, independently funded law centre. Its primary goal is to further women’s equality
in South Africa, with particular attention to the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged women.
13. Yabonga, http://www.yabonga.com/
Yabonga provides support for HIV-infected mothers and their children. They set up HIV support centers at
various clinics and schools that offer HIV education and testing. They provide children with further
enrichment during school breaks. They train infected mothers and their children in leadership workshops,
HIV education, self-growth and income generation, voluntary counseling and testing, individual, family and
specialized counseling, nutritional support, support groups, and income generation and life skills programs.
Additionally, there are many community service opportunities available to students in Cape Town. Most of
these are through the SHAWCO program, a student community service organization based at the UCT
whose vision is to improve the quality of life of those in developing communities within the Cape Town
area. Information on the programs is provided during UCT orientation. For more information, go to
Some Trinity-in-Cape Town students have done both an internship AND a community service project.
Students must take a minimum of 4.00 credits and a maximum of 5.50 credits for the semester.
There are two types of credit: In-residence credit and Transfer credit. The difference between the two
types of credit are minor.
Trinity students will receive In-Residence Credit for the Trinity core course and the internship is, as they
are courses taught and overseen by Trinity-appointed faculty at the site. In-residence credit courses do not
need to be listed on the Application for Transfer Credit form. Students will be enrolled and credited
Transfer Credit courses are not taught by Trinity-appointed faculty and are those taken at the local
university. Students must complete and submit to the Registrar an Application for Transfer Credit
(available from the OIP or the Registrar) to ensure that they are choosing courses that are appropriate to be
transferred back to Trinity. Students may not take business courses, practical/technical, non-liberal arts
courses. Grades received for transfer credit on Trinity programs will be factored in the students GPA. The
grades are translated into the American system before being posted on your Trinity transcript. You will find
a conversion scale in this handbook.
Students are advised to keep a file with your registration papers and course work. It is important that you
keep the course codes and the professor’s name and contact information should you need to follow up on
anything, especially after you return to Hartford.
The academic system in South Africa is different from what you are used to in the U.S. It is more similar to
the British tutorial system, with which some of you may be familiar.
South African students do not take many electives or general education requirements. Thus, they specialize
in their majors or fields of study earlier and often are more advanced in their concentrations than U.S.
students are as undergraduates. Professors expect students to be independent, self-motivated, and able to
keep up with their reading and prepare for the final examinations without receiving as much direction (such
as regular help, homework to keep you on track, very specific reading lists, etc.). In short, the system is
geared toward students who are self-sufficient, hard-working, and deeply interested in the subject matter.
Students have greater responsibility and must show greater initiative in a less-structured environment.
Teaching methods normally involve a mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Almost every course
combines a large lecture that meets once or twice a week with a small weekly seminar that resembles a 15-20
person Trinity discussion class. Courses may involve fewer contact hours than you are accustomed to,
because they are intended only as a starting point for independent study outside of class.
Final examinations usually count for a significant portion of students’ final grades. Students should ensure
that they know when their exams are and be sure to attend them. Exam schedules are set by the central
administration and are not flexible, so be sure not to miss your examinations!
PART V: HEALTH AND SAFETY
SAFETY AND SECURITY:
All students participating in Trinity-administered programs are required to comply with all instructions
issued by on-site staff in the event of an emergency; such compliance is not optional. All Trinity programs
have emergency evacuation procedures and other policies to help keep students safe when abroad. Your
on-site director/coordinator will inform you of these procedures upon arrival.
Remember that you will be representing Trinity College (and your home campus, if applicable) and the
United States abroad. Whether you wish to take on the role or not, people will watch your behavior and
associate you with your home institution. Inappropriate, dangerous, or illegal activity abroad may result in
disciplinary sanctions at your program and/or your return to campus.
Most of the places where students will be studying and traveling are as safe as large urban areas of the
United States. However, remember that the possibility for non-violent crime exists everywhere and no one
can guarantee your immunity.
Since some countries and areas may be experiencing political and social instability, it is important to use
good judgment while abroad to avoid situations that may put you in danger. Listen carefully to all advice
about health and safety issues given to you by your on-site staff. Do not engage in behavior that you would
consider dangerous at home.
As a U.S. citizen in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. You should conduct yourself in a
manner that will comply with the regulations of the host university and of the program as administered by
Trinity College. Please be aware that customs regarding alcohol and drug use are different in other
countries and may be stricter than those in the U.S., and penalties can be severe. The Office of International
Programs and the on-site director/coordinator have the authority to discontinue your participation on the
program if your conduct is determined to be unacceptable.
Do your research and know where you should not go:
Check the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories. Go to www.travel.state.gov
Talk to study abroad alumni and your program faculty sponsor(s) and your on-site staff.
Read newspapers, magazines, and travel books (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Frommers’ guides and
Research general travel and safety information on the Internet.
Money and valuables
Do not carry anything of value in a backpack. Backpacks are a robber's prime target. Zippers can be
opened and wallets lifted without anyone seeing or realizing it. Backpacks are also set down often,
making it easy for anyone to pick them up and walk away. Thieves have a great many tricks that
require you to set your bag down on the ground, so be wary and do not do this.
If you must exchange money, do it at a time when you can go directly home afterwards instead of
between classes of before going out at night
Wear a money belt when traveling -This is also necessary when you change money. Carry as little
cash as possible. Don’t carry all of your money in one place
Men – If you carry a wallet, carry it in your front pocket.
Women – Carry your purse slung over the shoulder and under the opposite arm. Do not carry
anything you could not stand to lose.
Never count your money in public.
Do not wear expensive jewelry.
Out in public
Be aware of your surroundings and your belongings at all times.
If you feel nervous or are lost, walk purposefully into a café or shop, and check your map there
rather than on the street.
Walk confidently and as if you know where you are.
Travel with a companion at night and stay in populated, well-lit areas. We recommended that
women not travel alone. When going out at night, plan on taking a taxi home.
Do not go to someone else's home alone, or invite anyone to yours. Cultural differences and
languages difficulties can lead to misunderstandings.
Ask locals you trust where you should go and not go for general safety and travel tips.
Do not carry house keys and your address, or credit cards and personal identification number, in the
Be careful when driving or riding in vehicles. Do not rent or travel on motorcycles and ask on-site
staff for advice before you consider renting a car.
Use only sturdy luggage that locks. Do not carry expensive luggage. Make sure that your luggage is
easy to identify.
Never leave your bags unattended.
On buses and trains, put your arm through the strap on your bags. If you decide to sleep on public
transportation, make sure your bag is secure.
If staying in a youth hostel, try to carry your valuables with you if there is not a safe. Lock your
suitcase and, if possible, strap it to your bed when you go out. You may want to sleep with your
valuables under your pillow.
Do not leave your valuables in your hotel room.
Additional safety advice:
Cape Town is a 1st world/3rd world city of about four million people and all large cities have areas which
can be unsafe.
Do not walk around alone at night. Students should go out in groups of 3 to 5, even in the relatively
safe suburbs near the university.
Never drink and drive, or go in a car driven by someone who has been drinking. The legal age for
purchasing alcohol in South Africa is 18.
When you are going out, always inform someone about where you are going and make sure you
know where you are going and are properly equipped. Always avoid going alone into areas you do
not know, even during the daytime (e.g. the townships and informal settlements).
Go into a shop or ask security personnel for directions. Do not stop strangers in the street.
Public transport in Cape Town is adequate and is safe to use during the day during working hours.
Avoid using trains, buses and minibus taxis at night, outside of regular commuter hours. If you are
stranded, phone a reputable taxi service. UCT has a shuttle service, the Jammie Shuttle, that takes
students around the university and to some local areas. Details will be provided at orientation about
the Boogie Bus or similar option that will allow you to be picked up by a driver and driven to a
Do not carry around a large amount of cash; debit and credit cards are widely accepted.
Wear as little jewelry as possible and do not bring any expensive pieces to South Africa.
Do not carry around conspicuous bags containing expensive items such as cameras, laptops, etc.
Students should move around in groups or at least in pairs.
It is very important that you notify other students and Sibs Moodley-Moore of your whereabouts if
you plan to spend a weekend out of town or traveling.
It is important to remain alert and vigilant and follow the safety guidelines that will be given to you
in Cape Town.
You are strongly advised to not invite persons to your house, whom you have met on the streets, or
in circumstances in which you cannot validate their character.
Ask local students, Sibs Moodley-Moore, or the Iinterstudy staff if you have questions about safety.
Be responsible if you choose to drink alcohol. Do not put yourself in a vulnerable position!
Do not ever take illegal drugs. Not only do they compromise your personal safety, but you can be
arrested and face prosecution under South African law. Being caught with illegal drugs will result in
immediate expulsion from the program and disciplinary action upon your return to Trinity, as well.
Finally, we urge students to exercise a high degree of cultural sensitivity. Students who are easily
identified as foreigners may be more likely to be targeted for pickpockets, etc. We advise students to
blend into their host country culture as much as possible by adjusting their habits and dress to
conform to local cultural standards. Also please note that students have some responsibility for their
own safety by not intentionally putting themselves in harm's way.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WOMEN:
While figures show that women going on study abroad programs outnumber men 2 to 1, there is still the
necessity to discuss some special considerations for women when traveling abroad. It is widely recognized
in our society that women are capable, independent, and that it is our right to do anything and go anywhere.
However, this American attitude toward women is not necessarily found or accepted in other countries.
Around the world attitudes toward women vary tremendously, and awareness of this is an important aspect
in preparation for entering a new culture.
Women and men who travel alone are given different insight and gain different perspectives than they
might if traveling in a group. More can perhaps be learned, seen, experienced, and gained by traveling alone.
Nevertheless, women should be aware of the position they may be in upon traveling alone, or traveling with
other women. A good suggestion is to speak with women who have experienced traveling and living
abroad, or to read about the position of women in different countries.
A woman traveling on her own may encounter more difficulties than a man by himself. Some of the best
ways to avoid hassle are to fit in and try to understand the roles of the sexes in the culture in which you are
traveling. Flexibility means observing how the host country’s women dress and behave, and following their
example. What may be appropriate or friendly behavior in the US may bring you unwanted, even
dangerous, attention in another culture. You should try to always make your intentions clear and pay your
If a situation seems dangerous—if you are made to feel uncomfortable—then act as if it is. Be extra careful
when giving your trust. This applies generally, but is especially important when traveling alone. Avoid being
out alone at night in unfamiliar territory—on the street, in parks, on trams, on trains. If, for example, at
night you suddenly find yourself alone in a train car, move to another one where other people are sitting.
Discuss any situations which make you feel uncomfortable with the on-site director, or other staff member.
Some recommended titles for women abroad are: More Women Travel, Safety and Security for Women
Who Travel, and Going Solo: A Guide for Women Traveling Alone.
Students should arrange for a physical check-up, eye examination and dental work to be done before
leaving for South Africa. If you are behind on any standard vaccinations, such as Measles, or need a
Tetanus shot, students should get up to date on these prior to your departure for South Africa. Students
wearing glasses or contact lenses should bring replacements. BRING EXTRA FILLED PRESCRIPTIONS
WITH YOU IN THEIR ORIGINAL BOTTLES AS THEY MAY NOT BE FILLED OVERSEAS. If
you have any health issues or concerns that you will or may need treatment for while in South Africa, please
notify the On-Site Director and/or the Office of International Programs to discuss.
Be aware that the manner in which medical help is obtained, the way patients are treated, the conditions of
overseas medical facilities, and how health care is afforded often present marked differences from U.S.
practices. U.S. health care values, assumptions, and methods are not universally practiced. Indeed, even the
notions regarding the onset of illness or points at which expert attention is required are to some degree
If you have a physical or psychological problem that requires ongoing treatment by a doctor, you should
consult with your physician or mental health professional about the prospect of studying abroad.
Trinity College does not employ mental health professionals at any of our programs, nor is mental health
treatment widely accessible or comparable to mental health treatment in the U.S. In our admission process,
we do not discriminate against individuals who have had any type of emotional or psychological problem.
However, for your own welfare, we ask that if you have had any emotional or psychological problem, you
consult with a mental health professional in this country to discuss the potential stress of study abroad, and
to provide us with specific information concerning your psychological health (i.e., if you ever experience
anxiety, depression, etc.)
If you are on medication, discuss with your physician the type of care you may need while abroad and the
best way to continue your regimen. You must also determine if your medication is legal to bring into your
destination country, and if you will be able to obtain additional medication.
When traveling, bring your own basic drugstore supplies, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol, motion sickness
medication, laxatives, antacids, antihistamines, decongestants, antiseptics, and band-aids. Make sure all
medications are in their labeled containers, and carry a copy of the written prescription with the generic
names. If you have a health condition that could be serious (such as diabetes, an allergy to penicillin, etc.),
wear a Medic Alert bracelet.
Probably the most common ailment for all international travelers is diarrhea caused by contaminated food
or drink. It is important to exercise caution with the food and water that you consume. Find out if tap
water is safe to drink before trying it. If in doubt, use bottled water. Eat only meat and fish that have been
thoroughly and recently cooked. Avoid raw or undercooked eggs. Avoid street vendor food or food that
has been left outside for a long time. Insure that dairy products are fresh before you consume them. Do not
drink non-pasteurized milk. Finally, try to get adequate rest and maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet.
For excellent information on health and safety abroad, included immunizations, please consult the Centers
for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov .
Over the Counter Medication
In South Africa, aspirin, cold medicines, etc may be obtained over the counter. Pharmacists may often
recommend and provide medications that in the US would require a doctor’s prescription, such as
antibiotics for cold and flu symptoms, so beware. It is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking
antibiotics. Bring additional prescriptions you may need and enough prescription medication to
cover your during your entire stay abroad.
1 in 3 people in South Africa are HIV positive. HIV/AIDS remains a serious health threat to millions of
people worldwide. There is a higher risk in South Africa than the U.S. Advances in treatments in the U.S.
have led to a complacency and reckless behavior among many college-aged Americans. ALL travelers
should protect themselves when engaging in sexual activity. Latex condoms (used with a water-based
lubricant) are the most effective form of protection should you choose to be sexually active. WOMEN are
at greatest risk, but safe-sex precautions must apply to everyone studying away, regardless of gender or
If you choose to be sexually active during your time abroad, knowing your partner is especially important –
take time to get to know him/her and be smart with your decisions. Dating practices may be vastly
different. People in your host country may take longer to get to know, or they may be more outgoing and
friendly than you are used to. They are likely to have media-based images of Americans as sexually
promiscuous, and may expect that you will conform to this image. If you chose to be sexually active,
practicing safe sex is as important as it is in the United States.
Engaging in romantic relationships can enhance the study abroad experience, but students should learn as
much as possible about cultural notions of dating in their host country, and be honest and upfront about
their desires and expectations with their partners. Remember that feeling comfortable in your host culture
takes time and you will not feel confident navigating the cultural system right away. You may feel vulnerable
at first, and this is completely normal. Remember that your partner may not have had the same exhaustive
sex education that you may have had. Visit the CDC website for tips on staying safe.
All students studying on the Trinity in Cape Town program are automatically enrolled in HTH Worldwide
Health Insurance (www.hthstudents.com). This only covers students while abroad so students MUST
remain enrolled in their regular insurance policy as well, so they have coverage when they return to
HTH Worldwide health insurance plan will provide students with service and protection in the event they
become ill or injured while abroad. HTH Worldwide also provides students and their family with valuable
information and their own password protected Internet site to help them prepare for their trip.
The site also offers HTH Worldwide international doctor and facility search and medical drug, phrase and
term translation guides.
Get personalized news articles delivered to your hthstudents.com home page and your email address
according to your interests. Have your personalized news sent to friends and family automatically if you
The Trinity College Office of International Programs will enroll students in the plan and when this done,
students will receive an email which will take them through the steps to register and set up an account. It is
important that student take the time to read all of the information in this email. Before students depart on
their program, they will need to activate their access to the tools and information provided for them on
HTH's website. The Office of International Programs will also print out an insurance card which students
should safe guard and keep with them as proof of coverage.
PERSONAL PROPERTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE:
Protecting your personal possessions while you are away from your home country is something you should
carefully consider, especially if you will be taking a laptop, digital camera, or other expensive equipment.
Trinity College is not responsible for the loss of or damage to personal property. Check to see if you might
be eligible for personal property and liability coverage through your parent’s homeowner policy. If you are
not, there are several companies that offer personal property and liability policies that cover students
studying abroad. Please note that Trinity does not endorse either company listed below.
National Student Services, Inc.
“GatewayPlus” Administered by Marsh
Given the tumultuous global climate currently, student may also want to consider investing in Trip
Cancellation and Interruption Insurance which can help if political unrest or natural disaster were to disrupt
the students study abroad plans.
** TRINITY DOES NOT ENDORSE THE P[REVIOUSLY MENTIONED COMPANIES AND
ONLY PROVIDES THEIR INFROMATION AS A SERVICE.
State Department Travel Information.
Please go to the U.S. State Department website at www.travel.state.gov to read the U.S. State Department
travel information for South Africa. You can refer your parents to the State Department website; it is
updated regularly to reflect any regional issues or events.
PART VI: CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT
Talk to almost any student who has studied abroad, and you will hear glowing accounts of the wonderful
experience that she or he had, stories that may have inspired you to study abroad. The fond memories that
students relate, while demonstrating the profound impact of study abroad, often mask the challenges that
accompany this great learning experience. They may give you the impression that you will be able to
immediately and easily adjust to your new environment. This is not often the case, however. As with any
challenging experience, study abroad is not always easy.
You may start out with a great deal of excitement where your host country seems to be the most fantastic
place on earth, and you are full of enthusiasm. Or you may start out feeling excited, but also lost and
overwhelmed. Either way, most students undergo a cycle of cultural adjustment, often called “culture
shock”. As part of this process (which can take place immediately, after a few days, weeks, or even longer),
you will go through a period where you experience feelings of loneliness, frustration, fatigue, homesickness,
irritability, or even depression. You may find yourself complaining about everything and everyone and
feeling as if small problems are much bigger. You may even wish you had never left home and long to be
back in Hartford.
This is perfectly normal and an important part of study abroad, as it shows that you are grappling with the
differences between your cultural worldview and that of your host country. Know that things WILL get
better. The negative feelings and frustrations will dissipate as you get more settled and begin to make
friends and gain comfort and confidence in your new surroundings. As you complete your adjustment cycle,
you will come to understand, accept, and appreciate your host country, including the academics, food,
habits, and customs. By the end of the term, you may not want to leave, and you may find yourself trying to
figure out how to get back again as soon as possible.
Cultural Adjustment advice:
Try to keep an open mind
Recognize that we all have preconceived ideas and beliefs that may come into question while abroad
Try not to have certain expectations of your host country or program – things will be different than
Make an effort to get to know the locals
Learn as much as you can about your host country and culture before you go
Maintain a support system
Keep a journal to record and reflect upon your impressions
GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER ISSUES ABROAD:
It is important for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) students to be aware that the way sexual
identities are defined and understood will vary by country and culture. Generally, acceptance and tolerance
of LGBT issues is increasing in some parts of the world, but this varies. Make sure to research the prevailing
sentiment toward LGBT issues in your host country, as well as the laws related to them. If you don’t want
to compromise on your lifestyle or if you are concerned that your sexual orientation may be an issue, then
you may have to be selective in where you travel.
The gay community is very strong and accepted in Cape Town, both socially and politically. Many travel
guides have info on LGBT specific social/entertainment opportunities.
The Internet is a great source of information also. The following are some good sites to start with:
Rainbow Special Interest Group Student Resources for Study Abroad:
Information for LGBT travelers worldwide:
ILGA: The International Lesbian and Gay Association:
Homosexual Rights around the world:
IGLHRC: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:
Unwanted attention from the opposite sex can be a nuisance and acceptable treatment of women varies by
country and region. Also, the way women interact with men in the United States may not be as socially
acceptable in other countries. What's considered "being friendly" in the United States can be considered
flirting or a sexual invitation in other countries. Even reacting (positively or negatively) to un-wanted
attention can be misinterpreted by the other person. Personal space and boundaries may also be different in
other countries, so make sure to clearly establish appropriate behavior.
In television and movies, the media tends to portray U.S. women as promiscuous. To avoid trouble and
unwanted attention, ask local women you meet and your program's administrators about what is considered
"appropriate" behavior and dress for women. Dressing conservatively and traveling in groups are always
safe bets. Although it is important to learn to adapt to a foreign culture, that doesn't mean you should have
to compromise your own sense of security and dignity.
PART VII: TRINITY COLLEGE POLICIES AND
TRINITY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM POLICIES:
Trinity College policies on intellectual honesty apply to all students studying away on Trinity programs. In
accordance with the Trinity College Student Integrity Contract (Student Handbook), students are expected to
abide by the highest standards of intellectual honesty in all academic exercises. Intellectual honesty assumes
that students do their own work and that they credit properly those upon whose work and thought they
draw. It is the responsibility of each student to make sure that he or she is fully aware of what constitutes
intellectually honest work in every examination, quiz, paper, laboratory report, or other academic exercise
submitted for evaluation.
By participating on a Trinity College program, students agree to abide by this contract and the established
procedures for cases involving academic dishonesty. Any case of alleged dishonesty will be referred to the
main Trinity campus for adjudication through established procedures. If a Trinity student is found in
violation of the Integrity Contract, the student will receive an “F” for the course in question. Additionally,
the hearing panel will recommend a penalty, which will be placed on the student’s record, either
permanently or for a specified length of time.
For a complete description of the Trinity College Student Integrity Contract, see the Handbook section on
Intellectual Honesty, http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/DeanOfStudents/student_handbook.htm.
Credit, grades, and academic probation
Trinity’s programs abroad are an extension of the quality of education offered at the home campus. They
are covered by standard academic policies and procedures that govern Trinity College in Hartford. This
means that general academic policies, the consequence of grades (including poor grades, failing grades, and
grades of excellence) and credits earned at Trinity-administered programs abroad are subject to the same
rules and regulations that prevail on the home campus.
Students participating in Trinity-administered programs should consult the Trinity College Student Handbook
for details regarding academic probation, faculty honors, transfer credit, etc. while studying abroad.
As defined in the Trinity College Student Handbook, Trinity expects all students to attend class regularly.
This applies to all classes taken by Trinity students abroad. Regular attendance is expected whether a
student is enrolled in on-site or off-site classes, and failure to attend may result in loss of credit. Penalties
for excessive absence from class will be determined by the course instructor and/or on-site director or staff,
and may include recommending the student’s withdrawal from the course or the issuance of a failing grade.
Regulations regarding behavior
All students studying away are expected to know and abide by all college and program regulations, including
the prohibition regarding the unacceptable behaviors described below:
1. Conduct unbecoming of a participant. This includes, but is not limited to, disturbance of the peace;
disorderly or indecent conduct; physical or verbal abuse or assault; threats; intimidation; coercion;
and conduct that threatens, instills fear, or infringes upon the rights, dignity and integrity of any
person; any conduct likely to lead to violence; harassment; and/or hazing.
2. Attempted or actual theft of, or misappropriation of another’s property or services. Attempted or
actual damage, defacement, or destruction of property.
3. Knowingly furnishing false, inaccurate, or misleading information to or about the College/Program.
4. Refusal to comply with a legitimate request of a program staff member.
5. Behavior which endangers the health and safety of oneself or of others.
6. Unauthorized access to program facilities.
7. Possession, use, duplication, or distribution of program keys or access codes without permission
8. Dishonesty such as forgery, including forging another’s signature on official forms.
9. Disruption of the orderly processes of the program, involving obstruction or interference with
teaching, administration, or other program activities.
10. Failure to abide by the operating regulations of academic and non-academic offices and departments
related to the program.
11. Misuse of program, state, or government issued instruments of identification.
12. Violation of legal statutes in the host country.
13. Failure to comply with any Trinity College policy or regulation including, but not limited to:
Application Agreement for International Programs
Acceptance Agreement for International Programs
Code of Conduct for International Programs
Trinity’s Integrity Contract
Trinity’s alcohol Policy and Regulations
Trinity’s drug Policy and Regulations
Trinity’s policy on Sexual Misconduct
Students attending Trinity-administered programs are required to sign an Application Agreement,
Acceptance Agreement, and Code of Conduct. Failure to do so, as well as the loss of any of the forms, does
not constitute permission for non-compliance on the part of the student. Participation in a Trinity-
administered program is acknowledgement of each student’s agreement to abide by the regulations set forth
in these documents and the Trinity College policies and procedures listed above.
Violations of any Trinity/International program policies, rules, and protocols may result in one or more of
the following disciplinary actions, at the discretion of the on-site director/coordinator:
Expulsion from the program
Although it is Trinity's goal to help all students participating in its own programs to complete their
programs successfully, there may be times when expulsion from the program is necessary. This will be the
case when students are determined to be unsafe to themselves and to others, when students' behaviors
disrupt program goals, when relationships with the local community and program providers are
compromised, and when laws are broken. Students who are expelled from Trinity-administered programs
forfeit academic credit and the refund of fees paid. They will also be responsible for any unpaid fees and
program expenses incurred to date, and may be subject to censure in accordance with College policies.
Trinity College reserves the right to contact parents/guardians in the event of significant alcohol abuse,
unsafe behavior, or any behavior that potentially compromises a student’s ability to participate in our
program. In the event that you are asked to leave the program, return to your home country will be at your
own expense. At this time, any and all responsibility on the part of the program will cease. Students who
are expelled or who depart early from the program will be withdrawn from all courses and receive no credit.
All outstanding financial obligations to the program remain in full effect.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL ABROAD:
In a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country and are not protected by U.S. laws.
Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for non-compliance. It is important that you learn about local laws
and regulations and obey them. Approximately 3,000 Americans are arrested abroad each year. One-third
are arrested on drug charges. Many countries do not provide a jury trial or accept bail, which could mean a
lengthy pre-trial detention. In addition, prison conditions in many countries can be extremely harsh and
officials may not speak English. You could face very stiff fines or sentences if found guilty of a crime. If
you violate a nation’s laws, neither Trinity nor the U.S. Embassy will be able to help you.
Alcohol and drug use which involves or contributes to an infraction of College regulations or is an
impediment to a student’s educational goals may result in disciplinary action and may be viewed as a health
issue. Trinity College opposes the possession and the use of illegal drugs and use of prescription
drugs for purposes other than those prescribed by a licensed physician and will take disciplinary
action up to and including suspension for violations of this policy. Foreign authorities typically
consider illegal drug use to be an extremely serious matter.
Do not take any illegal drugs
Avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol.
Beware of where and with whom you are drinking.
Remember that consuming alcohol may impair your ability to make sound judgments and you may
put yourself in danger.
In other countries, many drugs are available over the counter, without prescriptions, that are not
generally available in the US. Make sure that you are aware of the ingredients of any medications you
purchase and be aware of any complications should you be taking them with other medicines.
PART VIII: ADVICE AND TIPS FROM STUDENTS
ACTIVITY, ENTERTAINMENT & TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS:
Minibuses are the most inexpensive mode of transport around Cape Town and the suburbs. Much less
expensive than regular, personal cabs. In the city center, there is a minibus station where they are all lined up
to go to different destinations. Otherwise, they are always driving, calling their destinations out of the
window, and pull over for passengers to get in. They are relatively safe but don't take them alone or after
about 5:00 pm.
Two drivers, Al and Chevan, have established good relationships with abroad students. They also have 13-
person vans, are cheaper than taxis, and will take you anywhere, anytime of day or night. Al knows
absolutely everything about what to do and where to go. He will make reservations for activities and
restaurants. Ask him anything. Al's number is 072-012-9678.
The Waterfront: A very modern shopping mall, movie theater and 50+ restaurants overlooking the harbor.
It is also the departure dock to Robben Island, which is the famous location of Nelson Mandela’s prison
Camps Bay: A great spot to watch the sunset. It is also a very nice beach town with popular beaches and
high-end beach front restaurants, bars and clubs. Paranga and Blues are two good restaurants.
Clifton: There are beaches 1,2,3 and 4 (all in walking distance and labeled). Go to beach 3, one of the most
popular beaches of Cape Town.
Wine Tour: There are hundreds of vineyards that offer inexpensive tours and tastings. Stellenbosch is the
closest. You can set up a tour yourself or I would highly recommend calling Steve, he drives the “boogie
bus,” which makes the drive as fun as the vineyards. Steve plans the entire trip, pick you up at your door,
and it is very inexpensive. His number is 082-495-5698
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: A must-see beautiful botanical garden and mountain hiking trails in
Rondebosch near UCT.
Hike up Table Mountain
The Townships: If you don’t work or /volunteer in Khayelitsha or Langa, do an organized tour or go to
the township braai on Sundays. Ask Al to take you, as he knows all of the local spots.
Old Biscuit Mill: Every weekend, you can have Al drive you. It is a food market with free tastings along
with an endless fresh brunch and crafty souvenir-type shops.
Moyo at Spier Vineyard in Stellenbosch: Either during a wine tour or any other time, they have an
enormous buffet of traditional African cuisine and game accompanied by an African singing/dance
Africa Café: A must-eat restaurant in the city. They offer a set menu of 14 or so samplings of delicious
traditional African cuisine .
Mama Africa: A traditional African tourist restaurant on Long Street in the city with live entertainment.
Addis: An Ethiopian Restaurant on long street.
Beluga's: Half off sushi and cocktails on Fridays from 5-7
* A mexican place on a corner of long street, with an extremely colorful painted exterior with margarita
pitchers, you can’t miss it.
*Across the street from there is a cocktail bar with great Mojitos. It is decorated with Che Gueverra’s
portrait, and all of the waiters dress like him.
Redd Café: Its on Long street and looks plain but has the absolutely most delicious sandwiches.
Hussar’s Grill: A very good steak place on main road in Rondebosch (near UCT). Get the bushmen’s
kebab with three types of meat (zebra, kudu, springbok, ostrich, warthog…)
CocoWawa: On Main road in Rondebosch, very friendly staff and great coffee, breakfasts, smoothies,
muffins and salads.
Starlight Diner: On Main road in Rondebosch. If you miss America it is the perfect place to go. It is
just a regular American Diner that has two for one burgers and beers (or wine) every single Tuesday
between 5:00 &7:00 pm. They will also play any obscure American football or basketball game that you
ask for because no other bar will play anything but rugby and soccer.
CyBar: On main road in Rondebosch. If you don’t want to go all the way into the city, it is a very fun
bar any night of the week with great cocktails. All of the UCT abroad students go there.
Fiction: On Long street. Every Thursday night they play drum and base music while everyone jumps
around "dancing" South African style.
Zulu: My favorite place to go. On Wednesdays or Saturdays they play really fun, unique hip-hop/African
music. It is packed with dancing until nearly 4:00 am
Tiger Tiger: is in Claremont (a suburb. Have Al take you). It is the equivalent of a Trinity fraternity
party full of young dressed up college students.
Hemisphere: It is in the city, and is high-end and expensive, on the top floor looking out over the city,
mountain and ocean.
Ignite and Cafe Caprice: Very popular clubs for a young crowd in Camps Bay. Great place to go after
a day at the beach or a sun-downer at one of Camps Bay’s restaurants.
Club La Med Between Clifton Beach and Camps Bay. People head straight there from a day at the
Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant A German Pub at the Waterfront. It has authentic German beer.
Surfing / Snorkeling / Scuba Diving / Sand(dune) Boarding / Horse-back riding / sky-diving /
Bungee-jumping / Shark-Cage Diving
BOTSWANA: **Okavenga Delta** If you can travel, don’t miss the opportunity to camp in the largest
inland delta in the world. It is the most amazing place I will ever see.
STA TRAVEL SPRING BREAK BUS TOUR: UCT’s great student travel agency, STA travel, organizes
an annual bus tour to do many safaris in Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, see the Okavenga Delta and
Victoria Falls (where there is bungee jumping, paragliding and white water rafting). It is the most for your
money and you will be with all abroad students.
Nomad Tours: If you want to do an organized bus tour in really any part of Africa, it is the most for your
money other than STA. www.nomadtours.co.za
Namibia: Rent a car to see the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon, and to see the
biggest, oldest dunes in Sossusvlei, while sand boarding is available on the coastal dunes of Swakomund.
Tofo Beach, Mozambique: A not-yet-touristy fishing town in Mozambique. Stay in a thatched roof hut at
a friendly, lively backpackers on the beach.
The Garden Route: Rent a Car or take the bazbus (bazbus.com) along the east coast of South Africa.
There are gorgeous beaches and scenery and fun party cities. (Also forests, ostrich farms, surfing, the
highest bungee jump in the world, etc.)
Kruger National Park: The best and only place to go on a real safari in South Africa. It is really easy to
arrange getting there from Johannesburg International Airport.