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View of the water and mountains in Cape Town South Africa.

City at a Glance

Cape Town, South Africa
Location Western coast of South Africa
City type Large city
Population 433,000
Official language(s) Afrikaans, Ndebele, Siswati, Sotho, South African English, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Climate Mediterranean
Average temperatures January: 69° F, July: 53° F
Landscape Urban, coastal plains
Factoid For more than 200 years, a cannon has been fired from Signal Hill at noon.

About Cape Town

Let Cape Town's magnetic attraction pull you into the South African culture and lifestyle. With a relaxed atmosphere and outdoor enthusiasm, it's easy to balance school and play. Beaches, mountains, and forests are never far away. Whale and dolphin sightings are commonplace. In the city, you can find hidden gems for shopping, eating, or nightlife. Come across street musicians and artists on every corner. Warm and welcoming, energetic and adventurous, the people of Cape Town make the city an inspiring place to live.

Where is Cape Town

-33.9248685, 18.4240553

What to do in Cape Town

  • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony: Snap some photos or mingle with the protected birds—no petting—at sandy coves strewn with boulders.
  • Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park: Cruise down the tobogganing track on a bobsled and get great views of Cape Town at the top of the course.
  • Marine life encounters: Journey to the underwater world of bright-colored fish, seals, whales, and more through a kelp forest dive or boat tour. 
  • Robben Island: Catch a ferry and walk in the footsteps of political prisoners, like Nelson Mandela, who opposed South Africa's apartheid regime.
  • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront: Spend your downtime perusing the arts and crafts at the Watershed, taking a historical walking tour, or exploring the aquariums.

As a transfer student, I wasn't sure I could participate in a study abroad program during my short time at Berkeley. After signing up for the Peace Corps Prep Program offered through UCEAP, I learned all students—including transfer students—are encouraged to study abroad. I chose the global internship program because it was an excellent opportunity to get my first internship experience while fulfilling one of the Peace Corps prep requirements and visiting a country I'd never seen before. Everything aligned perfectly.

Jessica Welsh UC Berkeley Global Studies South Africa

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