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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Durban, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Embedded Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Embedded Fall
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Amanda Whelan
Language of Instruction:
Number of credits per term:
Program Director:
Ronald Quincy
Enrollment Restrictions:
Honors Program or Honors College Students
Program Description:
The Program
  • An intensive Honors program focusing on social and economic justice and how these forces have impacted South Africa's history
  • Take a comparative look at social justice in South Africa and the United States and learn how environmental and conservation activism impact decision making
  • Visit major historic and cultural sites around South Africa, including Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum
Your Host City: Cape Town
Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain, which can be experienced either by hiking up, or by taking a cable car. You can take a ferry to visit Robben Island Museum, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

Faculty Director Profile:
Ronald Quincy

Dr. Quincy’s areas of professional practice include nonprofit sector leadership and governance; fundraising, institutional branding and grantsmanship; organizational strategy; human capital, performance and executive coaching; international civil society organizations and international affairs.

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The purpose of this Study Abroad Program is to conduct a series of seminars on social and economic justice while examining the strategic ways in which leaders have sought to institutionalize activism and public dissent. This program is a supportive component of the Anti-Apartheid and Civil Rights Movement: King and Mandela Lessons in Leadership Seminar. Students will transition from a challenging Fall 2017 Honors Seminar that focuses on leadership, conflict resolution, and social justice, and retrace the footsteps of many great leaders in South African.

South Africa has a well-defined history of oppression, particularly as a country that was ruled under apartheid laws. Students will compare and contrast social justice in the United States and South Africa from the 1950’s until contemporary times, such as comparisons to Jim Crow laws and practices in the United States. Students will be exposed to several traditional African tribal languages including Xhosa and Zulu. Students will visit the Soweto, perhaps the most visible and historic location of the anti-apartheid and take a half-day safari to connect to the importance of the conservation and environmental movements in Africa

Students will enjoy important cultural  attractions such as the Apartheid Museum, Ghandi SaRvodaya Museum, Gandhi’s private home in Durban, Zulu Kingdom in Natal Province, and the great Zulu battlefields. During the last days of the program, students will visit Cape Town and tour Robben Island, the site where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his 27 year sentence; and Cape of Good Hope, the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet (also the site of some of the world’s greatest whale watching). Students will also tour what is known as the apartheid area, “Colored” townships, meet with local South Africans, participate in seminars, and discussion groups.

Honors students participation in the one credit Study Abroad Winter Session: Social and Economic Justice in South Africa field experience in the winter of 2018 will be by applying to the program through study abroad, applications will be reviewed by Prof. Quincy.  Those students that are selected will be provided with a special permission number to register for the both the fall honors seminar and the embedded international program.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Participants will stay in three-star or better local hotels, and will be housed in double rooms. Breakfast will be provided by the hotel, with other meals taken at local restaurants.

Financial Information
For more information about finances, including additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet. 

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.