Program Information
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Winter 2023: South Africa CRJU/HSBM/SOCI
January 03, 2023 - January 31, 2023 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Photo contributed by Robert Nelson
Interest Meetings:
04/27/2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMRaub Hall Conference Room
04/29/2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMRaub Hall Conference Room
05/05/2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM321 Smith Hall and on zoom:
05/12/2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM321 Smith Hall and on zoom:
06/13/2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
09/01/2022 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM and also Gore 308
Program Notes
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
South Africa is breathtaking in its beauty, plentiful in its natural and human resources, and exceptional in its diversity and cultural richness. This study abroad program focuses on three interrelated areas: 1) Social issues facing South Africa 2) The opportunities and challenges of tourism as a tool for local economic development and empowerment with an emphasis on sustainability and 3) these issues are put into context within South Africa with a course in the country’s rich history that is taught by our partners at the University of Pretoria. Students learn about the major social problems facing South Africa in the post-Apartheid era. Selected excursions and service-learning activities will complement the course materials. Service Learning activities include working with children in local orphanages, day care centers and schools. Excursions highlight South Africa’s culture and heritage, wildlife, landscape, adventure, and sports, making it an excellent location for studying ecotourism entrepreneurship. There are a number of NGOs and other organizations involved in advancing the social, economic and cultural status of local communities in a responsible and sustainable manner. Examples of successful ecotourism sites include Manyeleti Park, where students will have an opportunity to explore various projects involving Mega Fauna (the big animals) and Mega Flora (wonderful scenery and popular plants) of the Madikwe game reserve and eco-lodges near the Botswana boarder; de Wildt Sanctuary; Lessedi Cultural Village; and 3-S ecotourism attractions of Cape Town. Examples of cultural excursions include visits to township schools, health care facilities, community service agencies as well as historically and ecologically important sites, such as the Nelson Mandela Museum, Soweto in the Pretoria/Johannesburg areas, and visits to Robben Island (the prison where Mandela spent most of his incarceration) in Cape Town.

All students will be housed at a very comfortable hotel located close to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, and in a water front area hotel in Cape Town. In Pretoria and Cape Town, the hotels are in walking distance of shops, eating establishments, theater, banks, and in Pretoria, near the University of Pretoria. The program fee includes a bed and breakfast plan as well as certain meals associated with cultural excursions. Students may eat dinner at a variety of restaurants near the hotel. There will be two students per double occupancy room.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions and transportation in South Africa, and international health insurance.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from South Africa, nor airport transfers within U.S. airports. The program officially begins when students arrive in South Africa. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.
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.
CRJU 432-070: HIV/AIDS and Crime in South Africa (3 credits)
Examines two major social problems in South Africa: crime and HIV/AIDS. This course explores the sociological dimensions of crime and violence, tracing it through the Apartheid era. South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS of any country, although rates have been decreasing. The cultural and sociological factors that helped promote the spread of the disease are examined, along with visits to AIDS clinics.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Service Learning, Capstone Requirement
May be cross-listed with SOCI 432.
HIST 397-070: History of South Africa (3 credits)
Surveys the complex historical development of the South African society. Topics include African resistance to white expansion, wars of resistance, the impact of agricultural and labor laws on African societies, tensions in white society, Africaners in power since 1948, and African struggles for freedom. Course will be taught by a professor of history at the University of Pretoria.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group B
HOSP 355: Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
This study abroad course examines the underlying principles for sustainable ecotourism business development. Tourism is a rapidly growing global phenomena that impacts host communities and visitors in many ways including social, economic, and environmental issues. This course involves experiential learning where students will experience and reflect on ecotourism and social tourism experiences in South Africa in an entrepreneurial context.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Service Learning
SOCI 432-070: HIV/AIDS and Crime in South Africa (3 credits)
HIV/AIDS and crime are major social problems in South Africa. This course explores the sociological dimensions of crime and violence, tracing it through the Apartheid era. South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS of any country, although rates have been decreasing. The cultural and sociological factors that helped promote the spread of the disease are examined, along with visits to AIDS clinics.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Service Learning, Capstone Requirement
May be cross-listed with CRJU 432.
UNIV 370-092: Study Abroad - South Africa CRJU/HSBM/SOCI (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 as acceptances may be made on a rolling basis and the program may fill before the application deadline.

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 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 $1,600.00.
  • 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
Estimated Program Fee$5,100.00$5,100.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,637.00$11,858.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,600.00$1,600.00
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.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
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.
Robert Nelson
Faculty Director
Hospitality Business Management
203 Raub Hall
Karen Parker
Faculty Director
322 Smith Hall

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