Program Information
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Winter 2025: South Africa AFRA/HDFS
January 03, 2025 - January 29, 2025 (dates are tentative)

Overlooking Cape Town by K. Chiseri 13W South Africa BUAD
Interest Meetings:
03/06/2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMALW 209
03/07/2024 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMMeeting ID: 823 828 7782
03/14/2024 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMMeeting ID: 823 828 7782
03/18/2024 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMALS 220
03/21/2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMMeeting ID: 823 828 7782
04/03/2024 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMALS 220
04/09/2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMMeeting ID: 823 828 7782
Program Notes
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.
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations 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 which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events 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.
Program Description

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 202 (Diversity and Families) or AFRA 206 (Survey of African American Culture).

Students will stay in hotels in Pretoria (City Lodge-Lynnwood) and Cape Town (The Commodore) and a safari camp/lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Accommodations are double, multi-bed rooms, meaning each student will have their own bed, yet be housed two students per room. Breakfast is included at both locations (Pretoria and Cape Town), as well as at Madikwe. Several lunches and dinners are included as well.

Please see the flyer in the File Downloads section, below, for information session details.

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions and associated transporation, breakfast daily, and international medical insurance.

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 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.
Program 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 AFRA 206 or HDFS 202.

The program is open to all undergraduate students.
AFRA 206: Survey of African American Culture: Comparative Analysis of Segregation in America and Apartheid in South Africa (3 credits)
This month-long study abroad course will examine and compare Apartheid in Sotuh Africa with Segregation in America. Through the analysis of John W. Cell's "The Highest Stage of White Supremacy: The Origins of Segregation in South Africa and The American South" and George M. Frederickson's "White Supremacy: A Comparative STudy in American & South African History," we will explore the origins and evolution of these systems of race and class division. Cell's work reveals segregation as a distinct ideology closely linked to urbanization, industrialization, and state formation, initially supported by moderates and liberals. Frederickson uncovers parallel and divergent paths of white supremacy in the United States and South Africa, tracing the history of slavery from the colonial period onward. Students will be able to study several critical approaches to understand these systems of oppression and will apply a sociocultural, historical and behavioral analysis in the process.
Satisfies the following requirements:
HDFS 202: Diversity and Families (3 credits)
This course explores the complexity and diversity of families in a globalizing, interconnected world. In particular, the course focuses on the historical, demographic, economic, technological and social changes that have affected families. The course emphasizes differences between families and family experiences based on socio-economic class, ethnicity, race, disability, regionality, sexual orientation, and gender. There is also a focus on issues of globalization and how these processes are affecting families by privileging certain groups and challenging others. The course also examines how the dynamics of family relationships are affected by external and internal factors and provides material that is useful for students to understand their own lived experiences and their social positioning within a matrix of social, economic, and political relationships.
Satisfies the following requirements:
HDFS 335: Culture in Context: South Africa (3 credits)
Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity enriches an individual’s life, helping him/her to better understand the actions of groups of peoples, their nationalities and uniqueness, their organizations and systems. Provides an option which can be used both internationally and domestically as long as it embraces the spirit of exposing students to the concept of development within diverse communities.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Restrictions: May be repeated up to 6 credits.
UNIV 370-091: Study Abroad - South Africa AFRA/HDFS (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

Students must attend an information session (interest meeting) to be considerted for acceptance.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $2,000.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
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 CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,150.00$5,150.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,813.00$12,245.00
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.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedOctober 02, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*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.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Ann Aviles
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
123 Alison Hall
Brandon Stafford
Faculty Director
Africana Studies
429 Ewing Hall
File Downloads
Information sessions flyer

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