South Africa

* Note about Summer 2021 Programming

The current pandemic is an ongoing, constantly evolving situation. We are currently working with our international partners on new protocols for summer 2021; however it may not be possible to offer all programs. Should the University allow study abroad programs to run next summer, decisions as to what sites will be available will be made based on travel advisories and University risk management guidelines.

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South Africa: Cape Town

Wednesday May 6 to Monday May 25, 2020 (3 weeks)

This is the sixth year of the University of Toronto's summer program in South Africa. This program provides a unique opportunity for students in Commerce, Engineering, or Social Science disciplines to gain hands-on experience in an emerging market and learn about the business challenges and opportunities at the base of the economic pyramid.

This program will be run in partnership with Reciprocity, a South-African-based consultancy. Reciprocity's "Inclusive Consulting" program aims to provide students with business knowledge and field experience in emerging markets. Through a consulting mission with a township entrepreneur, students, organized in small teams, will gain a better understanding of doing business in low-income communities and the entrepreneurs will benefit from the business knowledge of the students.


Female student in yellow jacket

Study in Cape Town, South Africa!

  • South Africa, with more than 58 million people, is the world's 24th most populous nation. Considered to be a newly industrialized country, its economy is the second largest in Africa. South Africa is a multi-ethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world.
  • Cape Town is the second-largest city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country. It is renown for its historic harbour, beautiful natural setting and nearby wineries, as well as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town was named the World Design Capital in 2014 as well as the "best place in the world to visit" by The New York Times.

Program Activities

Students will participate in seminars and lectures before beginning a consulting mission with a micro-entrepreneur in the townships of Cape Town. Excursions in Cape Town include visits to the historic city centre and District Six Museum, Table Mountain and Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) and a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. To conclude the program, students will review the personal impact of the learning journey on their understanding of, and appreciation for, working in the bottom of the pyramid.