University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: South Africa HDFS/AFRA

Program Dates January 03, 2022 - January 31, 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.

Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

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).

Given its 11 official languages and the transition from Apartheid to Post-apartheid, South Africa is a land of contrasts that provides the opportunity for students to become exposed to a culture that is not only rich in diversity, but also continues to be a work-in-progress as it comes to grips with social issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, and education. It is, some argue, a first-world country and a third-world country simultaneously.

All students will take HDFS 335 (Culture in Context) which will consist of an overview of the History of South Africa, taught by a South African historian and professor from the Univ. of Pretoria, as well as a range of cultural excursions and guest speakers to provide students with greater insight into South Africa's history and culture. In addition students will enroll in either HDFS 230 (Families and Their Communities) or AFRA/COMM 223 (Sports, Media and Culture). This program will also include a mandatory service-learning placement and cultural excursions (including townships and a Safari game lodge).

Students will stay at the Commodore Hotel. Accommodations are double, multi-bed rooms, meaning each student will have their own bed, yet be housed two students per room. Breakfast is included. Several lunches and dinners are included as well.

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, breakfast daily and international medical insurance. All students will be housed in a hotel.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from South Africa, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Cape Town. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, plane tickets will be 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. All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. All students take HDFS 335 and then take either HDFS 230 or AFRA/COMM 223.

The program is open to all undergraduate students.

HDFS 230 is a required course for Human Services majors and satisfies an elective credit for all others. AFRA/COMM 223 meets a university breadth for social and behavioral Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences Breadth: GROUP C: A&S Social & Behavioral Sci and meets the multicultural requirement designation. HDFS 335, Culture in Context satisfies elective credit requirement.
AFRA 223: Sports, Media, and Culture (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
  • Multicultural
COMM 223: Sports, Media, and Culture (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
  • Multicultural
HDFS 230: Families and Their Communities (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
  • Other: This course fulfills a requirement for Human Services majors.
HDFS 335: Culture in Context: South Africa (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning
UNIV 370-091: Study Abroad - South Africa HDFS (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$4,100.00$4,100.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,565.00$10,664.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,800.00$1,800.00

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:
Ann Aviles
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
106 Alison Hall
Drew Brown
Faculty Director
Africana Studies
427 Ewing Hall

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:

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