University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: South Africa BHAN

Program Dates January 03, 2022 - February 03, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

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.

Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

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.

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, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

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 Cape Town. We will visit local health organizations, speak to people active in the community, and explore the fauna and flora of the region. We will have a two-day safari experience, hike Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, and participate in some challenge activities such as learning to surf. We will also examine how apartheid continues to impact health outcomes of South Africans and influence public policies.

Students will be staying at the Protea Seapoint Hotel which is a block and a half from the ocean. Breakfast will be provided every day as some lunches and dinners.

Please note that if current restrictions remain in place we will not be in a malaria area so it will not be necessary to purchase anti-malarial medication.

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. 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: 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.

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)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Multicultural
BHAN 322: International Community Health (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
  • Multicultural
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$2,435.00$6,534.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,250.00$5,250.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,715.00$11,814.00
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.

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:
Steve Goodwin
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Building 024
Andrea Grim
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Carpenter Sports Bldg. 034

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

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:
03/29/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,
03/30/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,
07/27/2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM,

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