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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Marquette University 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

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studentsMarquette's Sibanye Cape Town program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent.

While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government-enforced apartheid. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom and its leaders, your teachers.

The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In Cape Town, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English.

You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center, and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid. In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods, and diverse architecture.

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Throughout the semester, students will take four or five courses, two of which are designed specifically for program participants. You can choose the other two or three courses from the University of the Western Cape curriculum.

Required Program Courses

Courses below (3 MU credits each) are taken with fellow program participants on Fridays throughout the semester -
  • THEO 3420 Crossing Boundaries: Bridging the Racial Divide - South Africa
This course will explore the South African experience of Apartheid and try to understand how Christians came to develop the form of governance as was Apartheid. Several themes will be explored that relate to Apartheid, such as origins, identity, experience, struggle, and separation. You will examine your own theology.
  • SOWJ 3400 Race, Class, Gender, and Local Communities
This course focuses on the theory and practice of race, class, and gender in the context of the development of community-based organizations; you will engage in both the academic and practical aspects of social analysis and community development through the lens of race, class, and gender readings and discussions.


As a required part of the program curriculum in South Africa, you will work with a grassroots, community-based organization two days a week. These organizations provide services for and advocate on behalf of people whose voices are not heard — people who continue to struggle with injustice and pervasive poverty. They also encourage those they serve to build their capacity to address needs and be voices for change.


Read student testimonials and view a list of community partners on the Marquette South Africa website.


Participants live together in a living-learning community, called the Kimberley House (or K-House).

Everything you need from restaurants to coffee shops to grocery stores is within blocks of the house. This community will be your base to explore Cape Town and South Africa.

At the K-House, students share double rooms, a full kitchen, a dining room, multiple bathrooms, a living room, computers, and Internet access. Students are responsible for cooking their meals and often share their responsibilities as a group.