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South Africa: Multi-City - Education, Politics & Citizenship Program (Summer)
Johannesburg, South Africa; Makuleke, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/02/2016
Rolling Admission 06/20/2016 07/05/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
GPA: good academic standing Professor(s): Dr. Lisa Nunn, Dr. Mike Williams
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Political Science Service-Learning: Yes
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Education, Politics & Citizenship in South Africa
Summer 2016


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Join USD for this study abroad opportunity that offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa and to learn more about its history, politics, and culture. As a country that is ten years removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation. The academic component will be supplemented with opportunities to engage with South African communities, such as black townships and rural villages. These experiences will introduce students to different cultural traditions and practices that they can share with friends and family.


South Africa is an incredible destination in many ways - it is the kind of destination that will touch all of your senses in a myriad of ways, and once all is said and done you probably won't be the same again. Our incredible diversity is a key attraction - it's never just one thing at any one time. From its people, to its landscapes, to its abundant wildlife it has much to inspire and enthrall.  In true African spirit, the people understand the value of a warm South African welcome, and can't wait to welcome you to their Rainbow Nation - in 11 official languages.


Collage South Africa



Education, Politics & Citizenship in South Africa


Dr. Mike Williams

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Dr. Lisa Nunn
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Students with an interest in African culture and history will enjoy this short-term program which divides its time between two cities. Excursions to historical sites throughout the program give students a greater cultural appreciation and understanding for this rapidly changing society.





The program dates are June 20 - July 5. The program cost for the 3-unit course is $4,800.
In order to be considered for this program, you will have to submit an Intention Essay. The essay has to be submitted via your study abroad application once you decide to apply. 
Essay Prompt:
"In summer 2015, USD linked with the community in Makuleke, South Africa on a variety of service projects related to education.  We plan to build on these projects in summer 2016.  Why do you want to participate in the service-immersion experience in South Africa?  Specifically, what positive contributions do you think you can make to this service project?  Would you be willing to take part in fundraising activities before leaving to South Africa."  Please respond to each of these questions in approximately 200 words.
  • To learn more about two alumns of the program currently interning for Equal Education, please click here
  • To access the Makuleke Facebook Group, please click here

Dr. Williams  will read your essay and determine whether you will be 1/14 students who will be going on this program. 
Dancing with Children


Double-occupancy rooms in hotels while in Johannesburg

In Makuleke, students will stay in a hut in the village.



Cost for the program is $4800 and includes 3 units of USD tuition, accommodations, international health insurance, and site visits around the city. Not included in the program price are a few meals, flight tickets, and spending money while abroad. More detailed cost information can be found by clicking on the "PROGRAM COST" link above.






To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)