"My time spent in Cape Town has been the highlight of my life. I stayed in a wonderful house with other American and International students who have become family to me, bonded by our memories together from travelling up the Garden Route to camping in the Cederberg Mountains and First Thursdays in the city. Thanks to this little family and the IDACA programme, I always felt I had a safe home base. Cape Town offered endless exploration every weekend.
UCT’s campus nestled below the mountain must truly be the most beautiful campus in the world. The courses offered were interesting and my classes offered a sense of camaraderie which helped me to befriend South African students. I strengthened these bonds by joining clubs like the Underwater Club, the Mountain and Ski Club and the Birding Club. These clubs and the passion of the members have inspired me to bring new ideas to my clubs back at home.
The friends and the memories I have made in these five months have taught me that shared experiences should be valued more than we think and just how many of these experiences exist every day." [Kendall UCB 2019]
"Thank you for all you and your team did for him. Your guidance and support were simply invaluable. I know how life-changing this experience was for him and I cannot thank you enough for being there." [Parent BARD 2019] "Studying abroad in Cape Town was the best thing I have ever done. As clichéd as that sounds, moving to a country where you don’t know a single soul and making a life for yourself urges personal growth and new perspectives of the world. Isabella and Shannon, I cannot put into words how much I appreciated your happy spirits and motherly affection. I felt very safe knowing I had IDACA looking after me. Until we meet again, I’ll definitely be back, take care". [Ekshika UCSB December 2018] "My time in South Africa with IDACA was incredible. I had so many fun and educational experiences, both on and off campus. Isabella, Shannon and the rest of the team took unbelievable care of us and organized a bunch of really interesting events where we all bonded and grew together. We had a great group of students and I couldn’t have asked for a better overall experience. Thanks so much for everything!" [Sam UC SB December 2017] "Cape Town was the most remarkable experience of my life. I learned so much about myself and even more about the world. My classes were engaging and insightful and the people I met were amongst the friendliest and most inviting group. This is the most beautiful city I have ever been to, vibrant and friendly and I’m more than lucky to have called it home for 4 months. I’ll definitely be back and hope to call it 'home' later in life. It was more than I could ever have imagined in a study abroad experience." [Annie (UCSB) December 2017]