Program Information
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Winter 2023: South Africa BHAN
January 04, 2023 - February 01, 2023
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Photo by K. Chiseri 13W South Africa BUAD
Interest Meetings:
05/10/2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMCSB 003
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
11/06/2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMWillard 104
11/16/2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM003 CSB
12/09/2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM003 CSB
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.
Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 8-11 weeks (2-3 months) to process a passport.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees and tuition.Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.
Program Description
This study abroad will provide learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Learn about the public health challenges in South Africa and examine how these issues are being addressed. Students will examine how the six components of health interact and how our actions impact our health as well as the health of others. We will also examine historical health practices, how income and social status may impact quality of care, and how we can address the health needs of those who are under-served.

The program will be based in Pretoria, The South Africa savannah, and Cape Town. We will visit local health organizations and volunteer at some HIV/AIDS orphanages. Additionally, we will spend three days on a safari learning about conservation efforts and the challenges of resource management in these areas. We will also examine how apartheid continues to impact health outcomes of South Africans.

Students will be housed in hotels for the majority of the program. Breakfast will be provided on most days as well as some lunches and dinners. While on safari we will stay in modern camps and all meals will be provided.

Please note we will be in a malaria area while on safari and studnets will be required to purchase medication to help prevent contracting malaria. This can typically be purchased for less than $100 in the US. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

The Program Fee includes accomodations, most meals, all group excursions, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

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.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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: Health and Physical Activity Abroad (3 credits)
Examine the physical, social, environmental, and mental health benefits associated with a variety of activities common in, or unique to, the country of travel. Discussions will also focus on how culture, climate, and the environment influence these experiences.

Students will examine the cultural and economic influences on sport and recreation apparent in South Africa. We will explore how the culture, social system, and economic factors influence the types of sport and recreational activities South Africans participate in, and how that effects public health. We will also discuss the relationship of sustaining natural environments and their economic impact, as well as how these influence the health and quality of life for South Africans. Requires participation in various physical activities.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Social Science Breadth
BHAN 322: International Community Health (3 credits)
Examines how culture, environment, economics, and knowledge impacts community health. Students will visit health agencies while abroad and engage in service learning at a local agency addressing the needs of an underserved population.

South Africa provides a unique opportunity to view community health initiatives that are typical of those in developed countries and those in developing countries. We will visit several community health organizations that are working with relevant health challenges in South Africa. We will explore how politics, social mores, cultural practices, and religious beliefs impact the development and delivery of health messages and care. Students will also gain perspective on how volunteering impacts personal and community health.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Arts and Sciences - Group C
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 Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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 $2,000.00.
  • 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 CGPS 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-October.
  • 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.
  • CGPS 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$2,507.00$6,728.00
Final Program Fee$6,125.00$6,125.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$8,662.00$12,883.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,000.00$2,000.00
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 onSeptember 20, 2022
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 29, 2022
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
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.
Steve Goodwin
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Building 024
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