Makhanda was founded in 1812 as a garrison post on the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony. Situated in the Eastern Cape, about 560 miles from Cape Town and 80 miles from Port Elizabeth, Makhanda offers both the amenities of a large city and the qualities of a small town.
During the early 19th century Makhanda enjoyed rapid growth due to the influx of English immigrants, becoming second only to Cape Town in size and importance in the Cape Colony. Today, the city is a cultural and political center, home to an annual July Arts Festival and the Settlers Monument and Conference Center, dedicated to freedom of the press and building a civil society.
Rhodes University was founded in 1904. An historically white university, Rhodes is home to over 6,000 students of different ethnic backgrounds, hosting a large number of students from other African countries.
The university's small size is an advantage for students; the warmth and friendliness of the campus make developing friendships easy, while the ratio of one lecturer for every 15 students ensures close contact with faculty.
Study abroad information
Professor Geoffrey Antrobus
BC Resident Director - BC in Makhanda
Eden Grove Building
Academics & Support
Instruction is based on the British tutorial system emphasizing close, one-to-one contact between students and professors. The university has curriculum across the disciplines, and good opportunities for service learning. BC students select courses across the disciplines from the regular Rhodes curriculum.
Students are assigned to a Rhodes advisor who provides academic and personal counseling.
The BC resident director will organize regular activities for the BC students. Examples of cultural activities include dinners, tours, and a visit to a game park. The BC resident director is also available to set up customized service placements for students who wish to become involved in the local community. All students are encouraged to take part, and projects will be set up based on individual interests and the amount of time and energy students wish to commit. Past participants have volunteered in local hospitals, day care centers, schools, soup kitchens, and NGOs.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in late November.
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-February and ends in mid-June.*
* Please note that students studying in the BC fall semester are attending Rhodes' during Rhodes' spring (second) semester; Student abroad in the BC spring semester are entering Rhodes' first (fall) semester.
Students will live in one of the university's 35 residences or "res" alongside South African and international students in single occupancy rooms. There are 52 residences on campus and 14 dining halls.
Students will have three meals per day in the residence halls. They are not allowed to accumulate points or credits for any meals skipped.