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Winter 2018: South Africa BHAN
January 01, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/23/2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMWilliard Hall Bldg. 109
11/16/2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM202 Old College
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
09/27/2017 2:30 PM - 3:30 PMStudent Health Services Conference Room
10/12/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMStudent Health Services Conference Room
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
Program Description
Study community health and global health and physical activity in South Africa. Students will learn about some of the health challenges being faced in South Africa, examine what is being done, and what can be done to address these issues. Health is comprised of, and determined by, the balance and interactions associated with one's physical, social, mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental components. This program will provide opportunities to explore and examine how our actions can ultimately impact our health as well as the health of others.

The majority of our classroom work will be completed in Pretoria and Cape Town. We will visit local health organizations and perform volunteer work at an HIV/AIDS orphanage. Additionally, we will spend three days on a safari, examining environmental health issues, how indigenous people identified medicinal plants and how they used them, and how we might provide health care to those living in rural areas. Students will also learn about Nelson Mandela and the struggle to end apartheid.

Students will stay in hotels for the majority of our stay. Breakfast will be provided each day as will a number of dinners. The time we are on safari will be spent in huts in the savannah and all meals will be provided.

This study abroad to South Africa will provide learning opportunities both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. We will examine all of the components of health, how we can improve our own, as well as how we can help to provide and deliver necessary health care to people in urban, suburban, and rural areas. This study abroad will also examine historical health practices and examine how income level and social status may impact quality of care.

The Program Fee includes accomodations, most meals, all group excursions, in-country transportation and international medical insurance. Students will stay in hotels for the majority of the program. Breakfast and dinner will be provided on most days. During the time on safari we will be housed in huts on the savannah, with all meals provided

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from South Africa, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in South Africa. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BHAN 236: Global Health and Physical Activity (3 credits)
The emphasis will be the examination of various community health initiatives in South Africa. The course will provide students the opportunity to observe community health initiatives in action, and compare and contrast those initiatives to those in the United States. Students will gain hands-on experience and the opportunities to visit community health organizations. Finally, students will investigate which of these initiatives, if any, could be used to strengthen programs in the United States.
BHAN 322: International Community Health (3 credits)
This course is experiential in nature. Emphasis will be the examination of community health initiatives in different cultures. The course will provide students the opportunity to learn about and observe community health initiatives in South Africa, and compare and contrast those with what is being done in the United States. The course provides students with hands-on experience via visits to various South Africa health organizations. Students will volunteer at a local orphanage for children with HIV and a school located in one of the townships.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Service Learning
UNIV 370-133: Study Abroad - South Africa BHAN (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,645.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$4,400.00$4,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,658.00$10,406.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,645.00$1,645.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onMarch 24, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Greg Dominick
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Bldg. 023
Steve Goodwin
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Building 024

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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