As well as welcoming millions of tourists and travellers each year, Cape Town is also the most popular destination for students in Africa, combining a vibrant social life with spectacular scenery, a host of adventure activities and modern urban living.
Nestled between magnificent mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, with pristine beaches, a thriving nightlife and a dynamic, multicultural population, this is a young city. As home to four regional universities, international students make up 10% of the student population, whether working towards a degree, learning English, or studying at one of the wide range of specialist schools in art, cookery, animation, film and interior design.
Perched on the tip of Africa, in Cape Town you are never far away from nature. Zebra and wildebeest can be seen grazing on the slopes of Table Mountain, a national reserve located at the heart of the city, while sun-bathers can watch whales and dolphins breaching the waves of False Bay. Further afield, families of baboons linger by the roadside at Cape Point, and thousands of penguins stand to attention on the beach in Boulders Bay.
It is no surprise that the beauty of Cape Town has been an inspiration to artists for centuries and is home to much of the country’s contemporary art scene. Dozens of galleries and studios, as well as trendy bars, world-class restaurants, and designer shops give the city a cool, urban edge.
Just beyond the city’s limits, visitors can also explore our regional specialities – tasting some of the Cape’s world-famous wines at hundreds of independent vineyards, watching spring flowers blooming in desert landscapes, or exploring tiny fishing villages dotted along the starkly beautiful coast. You’ll also soon become familiar with the Cape’s unique plant-life, known as ‘Fynbos’ – the world’s smallest, yet richest, Floral Kingdom.
But the thing you will remember most from your time in Cape Town is its people. A cosmopolitan melting pot, whose unique position as the gateway to Africa has made it a cultural crossroads and a truly international city. Whether sipping sundowners at a beachside bar or chatting round the Braai, Capetonians are a relaxed and friendly bunch, and that’s why after you visit us once, you’ll want to come back again and again.
Reasons to learn English in Cape Town
- Voted number one destination in the world in 2014 by the New York Times
- Much lower cost of living than other destinations for learning English
- Fantastic climate with warm weather and sunshine all year round
- More than one hundred kilometers of pristine sand beaches
- Stunning natural beauty – considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world
- A young, vibrant and welcoming population.