University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: South Africa BHAN

Program Dates January 01, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview 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.

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.

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)
BHAN 322: International Community Health (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Other: Service Learning
UNIV 370-133: Study Abroad - South Africa BHAN (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
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 $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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Greg Dominick
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Bldg. 023
Steve Goodwin
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Building 024

Submit Program Application by 5pm on March 24, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on March 24, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Please note that 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.

Interest Meetings:

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