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NOTE: Study abroad applications for spring 2019 semester and calendar year 2019 abroad will be available the first week in August 2018. (For the list of affected programs, click here.)

  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; Gaborone, Botswana; Iringa, Tanzania; Legon, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
About the Program Dates and Costs
Eligibility Application Process
Academics Visa Information

About CIEE (the Council on International Educational Exchange)

CIEE, a Richmond affiliate program, is a leading US non-governmental international education organization. They have been offering study abroad programs in many countries for several decades.


All programs:
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied or approval may be revoked if a student's conduct before departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for study abroad.
  • Students applying to CIEE programs must obtain two recommendations (most other programs require one).  The online application will explain how to request them.
All CIEE programs
  • Students must have completed at least three semesters of on-campus college or university study prior to taking part in a CIEE semester abroad program. Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters of college or university study, at least one semester on campus at Richmond.
  • Robins School of Business students on CIEE programs may transfer back credit for only one (1) business course that will count towards their Robins degree.  Approval to transfer credit for specific Business classes taken abroad must be arranged with Dr. Tom Cossé.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and toward total units needed for graduation
All CIEE Africa programs
  • The criteria given above (2.75 GPA required, instruction in English, etc.) apply only to some CIEE programs.  Please see CIEE's individual program pages for detailed eligibility requirements for each program
  • Students must meet with the advisor for CIEE programs in Africa prior to applying
  • Having taken coursework relating to Africa increases your chances of acceptance
Cape Town, South Africa
  • GPA of 3.00 required
  • Student unrest at the the base institution of this program, the University of Cape Town, has caused the program to be disrupted in fall 2015 and fall 2016.  If it seems that the same will occur in fall 2017, the program will not be offered.  All applicants need to be prepared to consider a second-choice destination.
Dakar, Senegal
  • High level of French required
  • Apply early, as program fills before CIEE's application deadline
  Legon, Ghana
  • One of the tracks requires Junior standing and a GPA of 3.00

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Senegal Village Women.  Photo by program participant Andye Sanon.

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Classes available
The CIEE programs in Africa offer multiple learning opportunities.  Students usually take a combination of some classes meant just for program participants (usually taught by local faculty), and others taught at a local university, if participants' language proficiency allows this.  Participants enjoy this combination of two or three classes in a familiar format plus two or three that immerse them in local culture.  Syllabi for the CIEE-taught courses are usually available online.  All participants take at least a basic-level class in a local language.  Internships are available through a separate application process offered to students who have been accepted to a CIEE program.

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Three tracks available:  Arts and Sciences, Global Sustainability and Environment, Service Learning
  • Very wide range of classes available through base university of the program, the University of Cape Town, highest ranked university on the continent

Dakar, Senegal

  • Two tracks available:  Development Studies, Language and Culture

Gaborone, Botswana

  • Two tracks available:  Arts and Sciences, Community Public Health

Iringa, Tanzania

  • One track that combines Community Development with Language and Culture

Legon, Ghana

  • Two tracks available:  Arts and Sciences, International Business and Culture (not approved by Robins School)

Course load
Students normally take 12 to 16 CIEE credits per semester.

Credit transfer
The Office of the Registrar uses the following formula to determine the value of a CIEE course in UR Units:  

Divide CIEE credits by 3.5, then round up to nearest tenth of a unit. 

So a 3-credit CIEE course will transfer to Richmond as .9 UR Units; a 4-credit CIEE course will transfer as 1.2 UR Units.

Grading scale
CIEE uses the standard US grading scale (letter grades, A through F). Students must earn a C or better to transfer credit for a class taken abroad.

Languages used and taught

Cape Town, South Africa

  • South Africa has eleven official languages, one of which is English.  The most common language of European origin is Afrikaans, derived from Dutch; English is a close second.  One can function well in English in many areas of the country.
  • UCT is an English-language institution and most classes on this program are taught in that language
  • Participants have the opportunity to take a class in basic Afrikaans, or in Xhosa, Zulu or another African language

Dakar, Senegal

  • French is the official language of Senegal but students should note that Wolof is the language of daily use
  • Classes are taught in French on this program
  • Participants will take a basic-level class in Wolof, the most common African language of Senegal

Gaborone, Botswana

  • English is the official language of Botswana
  • Classes are taught in English on this program
  • Participants will take a basic-level class in Setswana, the most common African language of Botswana


  • Tanzania has two official languages, English (used in government, business and education) and Swahili (also known as Kiswahili).  Swahili is also an official language of Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Classes are taught in English on this program
  • Participants will take a basic-level class in Swahili.  Besides being an official language of Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Swahili is also a second language to perhaps 100 million people in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique, and is one of the working languages of the African Union and the East African Community.

Legon, Ghana

  • English is the official language of Ghana
  • Classes are taught in English on this program
  • Participants will take a basic-level class in Twi, the most common African language of Ghana

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Students taking part in the CIEE Africa programs are required to live in housing that is affiliated with their program.  Students may not take part in these programs if they obtain housing of another kind.

Housing arrangements vary from program to program. 
Please see CIEE's individual program pages for details on accommodation and meals at each location.


Dates and Costs

Please click here to see Dates and Costs for CIEE.

Please click here for more specific information on Dates and Costs for CIEE Cape Town Arts & Sciences.

Please click here for more specific information on Dates and Costs for CIEE Dakar Language & Culture.

Please click here for more specific information on Dates and Costs for CIEE Iringa Community Development, Language & Culture.

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Application Process

As with all UR study abroad programs, applying to a CIEE program in Africa is a two-step process.  You first apply to the Office of International Education (OIE) using our online application (click on the "Apply Now" button on our page for the program).  If approved to go on in the process, you will do a separate application for CIEE.

CIEE requires applicants to submit special recommendation forms.  Applicants should provide the CIEE Evaluation Form to their faculty and skip the recommendation portion of the OIE application.

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Immigration Information

Students on most programs are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. CIEE will assist students with this process. 


For More Information

For additional information about CIEE programs in Africa, contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

This program is currently not accepting applications.