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International programmes offered by the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Cape Town

The Centre for Open Learning at the University of Cape Town offers customised short courses to international universities wishing to bring small groups of students to South Africa over the mid-year and end-of-year vacations.

These courses stand out in significant ways from the University of Cape Town’s normal engagement with international students through its International and Academic Programmes Office. Courses are hosted outside the normal teaching semester - running from two to six weeks - between the middle of June to the middle of July, and between the middle of December and late January.

Courses are customised to the specific needs of the visiting university, and the University of Cape Town contracts directly with the visiting university, and not with the individual students.

The University of Cape Town does not provide accreditation for these courses, as they generally form part of a broader programme accredited by the visiting university.

UCT has developed an effective working relationship with African Angel Tours, a well-established operator in this field, and collaboratively we are able to offer a range of services, including:

v Academic curriculum development, including assistance with designing a course appropriate to the learning outcomes desired by the visiting university.

v Academic teaching inputs, from both UCT lecturing staff and guest lecturers.

v Field visits appropriate to the course, enabling visiting students to integrate their own site-specific experiences with lectures and other academic inputs.

v Access to UCT facilities, including the campus shuttle service, library facilities, computer facilities and sports facilities.

v Provision of academic teaching venues.

v A full range of accommodation options, from student residences to hotels.

v A full range of meal options.

v A full range of transportation services.

v Orientation to Cape Town and the university, including safety and security briefings.

v Special events and social evenings.

Most academic visitors, while focusing on their course work, will also want to experience more of what Cape Town and South Africa have to offer, both as engaged students wanting to understand more of the local context, and as tourists in a foreign country. A full range of local tours is offered, including visits to Cape Point, Robben Island, Cape Town’s museums and galleries, Cape Town’s winelands and the Table Mountain National Park.

As most groups fly in and out of the country through Johannesburg, many visitors also want to spend three or four days in that region, either at the completion of their courses or before leaving for home. Most popular attractions in and around Johannesburg are the Kruger National Park, the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Freedom Park. UCT works closely with African Angel Tours to offer these additional opportunities.

The University of Cape Town is pleased to be able to customise the service it offers to the specific needs of the visiting university, and prices are set accordingly.

For example, a group may require that UCT design and deliver its entire academic programme; provide all accommodation, catering, transport and other logistical arrangements; provide access to all campus facilities; and provide a programme of cultural and other visits in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Or a group may prefer to make all of its own arrangements for flights and accommodation, and provide its own lecturers and course materials. In such cases, UCT might only be asked to provide access to teaching venues, a short orientation to the campus, and access to library and computer facilities.

These are two extreme examples, and UCT can, of course, offer any variation of the courses, as required.

If you are interested in learning more about the services that the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Cape Town can offer, please contact David Worth for further details.

Monday, 2 May 2011

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Phone: 00 27 21 650 4238 (time zone UST/GMT +2h)

Postal address: Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa

Physical address: Hlanganani Building, 36 North Lane, University of Cape Town,
Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa


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