Program Information
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Winter 2020: South Africa HDFS/HSBM
January 03, 2020 - February 03, 2020
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Nelson Mandela statue
Interest Meetings:
02/27/2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMCenter for Black Culture
03/01/2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMGore 306
03/06/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMMEM109
03/08/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM220 Alison Hall
03/25/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMGore 306
04/11/2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMSharp 107
04/19/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMGore 204
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
05/21/2019 2:15 PM - 3:45 PMAlison Hall 220
09/20/2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMTBD
09/20/2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PMGore 304
10/18/2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMTBD
11/15/2019 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM200 Academy Street
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
09/27/2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PMStudent Health Services, conference room
10/08/2019 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMStudent 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

Please note: only those applicants who have attended an interest meeting will be considered for acceptance. Information sessions provide essential program details, and attendance is taken.

Given its 11 official languages and the transition from Apartheid to Post-apartheid, South Africa is a land of contrasts that provides the opportunity for students to become exposed to a culture that is not only rich in diversity, but also continues to be a work-in-progress as it comes to grips with social issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, and education. It is, some argue, a first-world country and a third-world country simultaneously.

All students will take HDFS 335 (Culture in Context) which will consist of an overview of the History of South Africa, taught by a South African historian and professor from the Univ. of Pretoria, as well as a range of cultural excursions and guest speakers to provide students with greater insight into South Africa's history and culture. In addition students will enroll in either HDFS 334 (Experiential Education)/HDFS 365 or HOSP 316 (International Etiquette and Protocol). This program will also include a mandatory service-learning placement which will be completed both in Pretoria and Cape Town, cultural excursions (including Soweto; a Safari game lodge).

Students will stay in hotels in Pretoria and Cape Town and a safari camp/lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Breakfast daily as well as several lunches and dinners are included in the program.

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, breakfast daily and international medical insurance. All students will be housed in hotels in Pretoria and Cape Town, and at a safari camp/lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from South Africa, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Johannesburg. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, plane tickets will be 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
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
All students take HDFS 335 and then take either HDFS 334 or HOSP 316.

The program is open to all undergraduate students.

HDFS 334 satisfies a program requirement for Human Services students. HDFS 365 satisfies DLE requirement for students who enrolled at UD after 2006. HDFS 335, Culture in Context satisfies elective credit requirement. HOSP 316 satisfies multicultural requirement or free elective for all students including HOSP students.

HDFS 334-072: Experiential Education (3 credits)
This option is only open to Human Services majors. It requires the completion of 45-50 hours of experiential placement as well as preparing their e-portfolio upon their return.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: This course fulfills a requirement for Human Services majors.
HDFS 335-071: Culture in Context: South Africa (3 credits)
Just as eyeglasses improve vision, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity enriches an individual’s life, helping him/her to better understand the actions of groups of peoples, their nationalities and uniqueness, and their organizations and systems. The course will include multiple readings, guest speakers, specialized cultural excursions and a service-learning photo journal project.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
HDFS 365-071: Seminar: Experiential Learning (3 credits)
This option is only open to Human Services majors. It requires the completion of 45-50 hours of experiential placement combined with a seminar emphasizing career development and personal learning skills. Internship will be arranged and course requirements provided prior to departure from US. Enrollment will be limited and requires instructor’s permission.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: This course fulfills a requirement for Human Services majors.
Restrictions: HDFS 365 is available on an “as needed” basis.
HOSP 316-070: Cross-Cultural Etiquette and Protocol (3 credits)
Although the goal of any business enterprise is to maximize its profits, there are many paths to achieving this goal. In today’s era of global business operations, the more successful organizations are the ones that see the world from a customer’s point of view and have confidence in the differences and abilities of their employees to meet the customer’s needs. These organizations are able to see how an employee might have a divergent perspective on a matter that seems abundantly clear to most of his/her colleagues. Therefore, this course is intended to provide skills that are based on cross-cultural anthropology, psychology and management that will equip hospitality managers to make more prudent decisions in an increasingly diverse workplace and marketplace.

Just as eyeglasses improve vision, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity enriches the life of an organization, helping its employees to better understand the actions of groups of people, their nationalities and uniqueness, their organizations and systems.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
UNIV 370-091: Study Abroad - South Africa HDFS (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 $1,641.00.
  • 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$2,385.00$6,404.00
Final Program Fee$5,200.00$5,200.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$7,615.00$11,634.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,641.00$1,641.00
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 onApril 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2019
$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.
Norma Gaines-Hanks
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
123 Alison Hall
Francis Kwansa
Faculty Director
Hospitality Business Management
116 Raub Hall

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