University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2019: South Africa SOCI/CRJU/HIST

Program Dates January 03, 2019 - February 01, 2019
This program is closed.

Program Overview South Africa is breathtaking in its beauty, plentiful in its natural and human resources, and exceptional in its diversity and cultural richness. Located at the southern point of Africa, this recently democratized nation stretches from the falls of the Limpopo River in the northeast to the southern cape coast where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. This study abroad program focuses on two interrelated areas: social issues facing South Africa, and the historical development of South African society. Students will learn about the major social problems facing South Africa in the post-Apartheid era. Students will engage in about 40 hours of service-learning activities that will complement the course materials.

Excursions are also designed to complement the course materials. Students will experience South Africa’s culture, heritage, wildlife, and landscape. There are a number of NGOs and other organizations involved in advancing the economic and cultural status of local communities in a responsible and sustainable manner. 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; de Wildt Sanctuary; Lessedi Cultural Village; 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 (location of 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 waterfront area hotel in Cape Town. There will be two students per double-occupancy room. In Pretoria and Cape Town, the hotels are in walking distance of shops, eating establishments, a theater, and banks; 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.

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 Africe, nor airport transfers within the U.S. airport. 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.

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: HIV/AIDS and Crime in South Africa (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Other: Service Learning
HIST 397-070: History of South Africa (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University History Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
SOCI 432: HIV/AIDS and Crime in South Africa (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Other: Service Learning
UNIV 370-092: Study Abroad - South Africa SOCI/CRJU/HIST (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$2,295.00$6,165.00
Final Program Fee$4,600.00$4,600.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $6,925.00$10,795.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,706.00$1,706.00

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:
Lana Harrison
Faculty Director
257 E Main St. Center for Drug and Health Studies

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2018

Interest Meetings:

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