University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: South Africa/Tanzania NURS

Program Dates January 02, 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.

Students will spend the month of January studying and traveling to South Africa and Tanzania. South Africa is a nation rich in history and known for its diversity in cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Native peoples, Indians, and Europeans merged on a primitively beautiful area of the world leaving discourse, apartheid, and human suffering in their wake. Presently the nation has begun a democratic and multicultural journey that will set the course of a new South Africa into the 21st century. This study abroad will take the student on a journey that will embrace the cultural diversity of South Africa, explore its breathtaking natural beauty, while engaging the learner in witnessing a changing health care system. Presently there is a newly emerging private sector and a standard government-based public health care system that divides the nation into a two-tiered standard of care. How does this affect the health care of women and children? Students will be able to evaluate health care services, assess needs in high-risk populations, and formulate a plan of action.

Tanzania is an amazing country of unlimited natural beauty and wildlife which is it's most valuable resource. Though it remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with many of its people living below the World Bank poverty line. With The Millenium Development Goals Tanzania is striving to make improvements in it's health care delivery system but they remain one of the highest in infant mortality and maternal mortality. This trip will be centered in Arusha which is well known for handling the Rwandan genocide tribunals. With it's lush landscape, views of Kilimanjaro, and close proximity to the World Heritage site of the Sernegeti and Ngorongoro Crater Parks, the stark differences in nature and poverty come head to head.

Students will leave this study abroad knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of the individuals they have cared for in South Africa and Tanzania. While based in Cape Town, service learning sites will include Groote Schuur Hospital, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Karl Bremer Hospital, and Somerset Hospital with time on the antenatal, labor ward, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and kangaroo mother care. Rural sites include the Maternity Obstetrical Units that provide health care to women and children. While in Tanzania students will be working in several different hospitals during the day and in the afternoon at Pippi house working with rescued girls from the streets, providing health and sex education. We will also be staying in the Rift Valley working with the Masai Women's Empowerment Project and providing health education to the young girls as well as helping in the clinics.

Cultural excursions in South Africa include the a hike up and majestic view from the top of Table Mountain; visit Cape Point (at the southwesterly corner on the African continent), Robben Island, (the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his incarceration). In Tanzania we will have a Maasai guided medicine bush walk, tour of a traditional boma, and experience the traditional dancing of the Maasai. We will end the trip with safari in Kruger National Park as we have to return through Johannesburg (All meals and fees are included on safari)

All students will be housed in comfortable hotels with breakfast included and within walking distance of shops, eating establishments, and banks. In Cape Town, the hotel is located in the center of the historical area within walking distance to museums, shopping, and renowned Greenmarket Square. All accommodations include good air conditioning and are safe and economical. While in Tanzania breakfast and dinner are included and most days lunch as well. There are optional opportunities to spend a day in Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site and/or a day on Mt. Kilimanjaro at extra cost.

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

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from Africa, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Cape Town, 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.

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.
NURS 411-072: Topics in Healthcare Delivery: Laboring to Deliver (3 credits)
NURS 412-070: Topics in Healthcare Delivery: Health Care Services for Women and Children in South Africa and Tanzania (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Multicultural
  • Other: Service learning
UNIV 370-135: Study Abroad - South Africa/Tanzania NURS (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$5,550.00$5,550.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $7,808.00$11,556.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,192.00$2,192.00

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:
Lisa McBeth
Faculty Director
School of Nursing
301A McDowell Hall

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.