2017 South Africa IFE

Start Date and City:

May 22, 2017 in Cape Town
May 22nd: Check into Protea Breakwater Lodge
May 23rd: Meet at 8:30 am for breakfast

End Date and City:

May 31, 2017 in Cape Town
May 26 – May 31: Shamwari Conservation Experience

Primary Trip Segments

  • Most routes from the U.S. to Cape Town take at least 24 hours. Participants should plan accordingly to arrive in Cape Town on or before the start date.
  • Your CLiGS faculty lead will provide additional details about four months prior to the South Africa program’s start date.

Faculty Lead:

Professor Holly Wise

Program Description

Trip Duration:

10 days and 9 nights

Itinerary Overview

Your CLiGS faculty lead will provide this information around four months prior to the South Africa program’s start date.

Important Deadlines

  • Jan 9, 2017: submit your Student Information Form
  • Feb 27: submit 500 USD deposit
  • Mar 27: submit first half program balance
  • Mar 27: share your int’l flight itinerary with CLI
  • Mar 27: submit required info to VT GEO
  • Apr 24: submit final half program balance

    South Africa IFE To-Do List

    If you would like to enroll in this South Africa IFE, please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your travels. As CLI is an official CLiGS partner and helps manage the Center’s IFE enrollment and logistical needs, please feel free to contact CLI anytime at 888-781-8383 or email our Director of Enrollment at nancy@studycli.org if you have questions regarding the enrollment process.
    1. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
      Please complete our Student Information Form as soon as possible, but no later than January 9, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. In the days and weeks after you submit this form, you will receive several important emails from CLI in preparation for your program. Please be on the lookout for these emails and stay up to date on CLI and CLiGS requests.
    2. Secure your visa (if applicable)
      Passport holders from most countries, including the United States, are not currently required to obtain a visa to enter South Africa. However, you are advised to review South Africa’s visa policies at least two months prior to your IFE’s commencement date. All travelers are responsible for researching and complying with the appropriate visa requirements for the country where their program is being held.
    3. Read and accept key policies regarding CLiGS Global Programs
      Please submit the VT and CLiGS Key Policies Form before submitting your program deposit. This step must be completed before you submit your deposit in step 4, which is due February 27, 2017.
    4. Register with Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office and submit all required forms
      Visit the website of Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office. In the top right corner of the page, click on “VT CAS Login.” Once you are registered in the system you will have access to a list of required forms and information to submit to the Global Education Office, including a scanned, color copy of your passport, emergency contact information, and electronic signatures on key policies. Ensure that you have signed and submitted all required forms and information by Friday, April 7, 2017.
    5. Submit your 2017 South Africa IFE deposit
      In order to secure your space in this IFE, please click the link below to submit your 500 USD non-refundable deposit by February 27, 2017. Please note that in order to submit your deposit, you must first complete CLI’s Student Information Form (step 1 above) and confirm that you have reviewed and accept the Liability Agreement, the Program Refund Policy, and the CLiGS policy regarding non-enrolled travel companions (step 2 above). Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your IFE deposit.

      Submit IFE Deposit

    6. Stay current on important travel information
      Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed health and safety information from both the CDC and the U.S. State Department well in advance of your departure to South Africa.
    7. Purchase your international airfare and complete CLI’s Flight Form
      Please share your flight information with CLI by completing this international flight form by March 27, 2017. Before purchasing your international airfare, confirm with Professor Holly Wise that program start and end dates are final.
    8. Secure your passport
      If you do not have a passport, please apply for one immediately. If you do have a passport, double check that its expiration date is at least six months after the end of your upcoming IFE. If your passport’s expiration date is within six months of your IFE end date, please renew your passport as soon as possible.
    9. Complete CLiGS and CLI’s Medical Allergies and Dietary Restrictions Form
      Please complete our medical allergies and dietary restrictions form upon reading this prompt. It’s important that your travel logistics providers have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations of which we should be aware. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
    10. Submit your remaining IFE balance
      Your remaining IFE balance of 2800 USD (which is the 3300 USD full IFE fee less your 500 USD deposit from step 4 above) is due in two equal payments of 1400 USD on each March 27, 2017 and April 24, 2017. Please use our secure and convenient online payment system (secured by Stripe) to submit your IFE balance. Please note that if you prefer, full program balance can be submitted anytime.

      Submit IFE Balance

    11. Understand your VT-provided medical and travel insurance
      Please carefully review this Virginia Tech Insurance PDF. CLiGS will purchase a travelers’ health insurance policy on your behalf from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). You will receive an email from CISI with your personal policy information. Be sure to save the information, print out a copy to bring with you on the IFE, and print out another copy to leave with your emergency contact prior to departure. CISI also offers a mobile app that may come in handy during your travels.
    12. Review CLI and CLiGS Pre-Departure Packet
      In an effort to better prepare you for your time abroad, CLI and CLiGS put together this detailed pre-departure packet. Be sure to review all information carefully and contact CLI at nancy@studycli.org with any additional questions you may have.