A South African Journey

Summer 2013
South Africa
Tentative Dates: May 14-June 3, 2013

Program Highlights

  • Visit historical Cape Town and learn about the impact of colonialism and Apartheid.
  • Learn about Nelson Mandela and his many years imprisonment while visiting Robben Island.
  • Visit historically important industries such as a working vineyard and ostrich farm.
  • Meander through South Africa via the Klein Karoo and historic towns of Oudtshoorn and Knysna, and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and get to know the local people and their history.
  • Explore private nature and game reserves, national parks, and unspoiled beaches of the Indian Ocean.
  • Visit with Xhosa people of South Africa living on the Wild Coast during a 3 day cultural immersion experience and learn about their culture, customs and hardships during the Apartheid years.
  • Fulfill the Intercultural (IC) requirement of the Common Curriculum while earning 2 general credits

Program Description

A beautiful and resource-rich land of complex relations among diverse cultures, South Africa is still a nation struggling to get to its feet. During pre-departure classes and a three week long immersion into the cultural dimensions of post-Apartheid South Africa, students will experience and develop an understanding of the impact of history on culture and the political and socio-economic climate that influences some of the predominant national issues.

Program Costs

The program cost is approximately $4200 (including the $300 deposit) plus the cost of two (2) Intercultural Competency (IC) or general credits (estimated at $1040). The cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits is not included in the estimated program fee. This program fee includes round-trip international airfare from Minneapolis, all overland transport, all admission fees for scheduled activities, all lodging with breakfasts, and some meals. Please note that currency fluctuations influence final program costs. Most costs are known by late March and you will be notified by that time of any program cost changes. Student financial assistance may be available for summer programs; enquiries should be directed to the CSB or SJU Financial Aid Offices.

Additional Expenses (at student's own cost)

International Student Identification Card (available from Office for Education Abroad for $25), optional activities, personal expenses and/or purchases, meals not provided by the program, and two credits summer tuition.

Program Director

Denise Meijer is the director for this program. She has lived and worked in different countries and has extensive international clinical, teaching, and travel experiences. She directed the South Africa Nursing Study Abroad programs during three fall semesters and May terms and directed the South African Journey May Term since its inception in 2006. Meijer is thoroughly familiar with South Africa and the people, and especially with the areas scheduled for visiting during this program. Meijer's ability to speak Dutch fluently enables her to communicate with the Afrikaans speaking people of South Africa. South Africans use eleven different indigenous languages to communicate. South Africa's two official languages are English and Afrikaans.

Final Note

This very popular program tends to fill up fast. We encourage students to apply sooner rather than later in order to avoid disappointment. If the program is full at time of application, the student may request to be placed on a waiting list.

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