South Africa - Gqeberha

CSB/SJU students on the South Africa program live in Gqeberha, situated on the Indian Ocean near the southern tip of the African continent. In February 2021, Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth, was renamed with the Xhosa name for the Baakens River, which flows through the city. With a population of over one million, it is South Africa's fifth largest city and host to several World Cup matches. It has a sunny, dry, temperate climate similar to that of Southern California, combined with the wind of Chicago.

Explore complete South Africa - Gqeberha Program details on the CSBSJU-Global Portal.


The faculty consist of a CSB/SJU professor who accompanies the group and professors from  Nelson Mandela University (NMU). Students choose from seminar courses designed specifically for our program including political science, literature, South African music, and marine biology. In addition, all students enroll in the Study Abroad Seminar taught by their faculty director. All courses are offered to only CSB/SJU students and are taught at NMU.

  • COLG 385 - Study Abroad Seminar (4 cr) (IC; CS/GL)
  • SA 398 - International Field Experience (2 cr) (EL; EX)
  • BIOL 371I - Special Topics in Biology: Marine Biology in South Africa (4 cr)
  • ENGL 385E - Studies in Literature: South AFrican Literature - Comparative Focus (4 cr) (HM; HE)
  • MUSC 272E - Topics in Popular Music/Jazz Studies: South African Jazz/Popular Music (4 cr) (FA: AE)

Volunteer and Service Learning are major components of this program.  All students enroll in a Community Service Learning course and participate in one of three projects sponsored by CSB/SJU. Each week students spend 6 to 8 hours on-site in some of Gqeberha's townships.

For course descriptions, refer to the CSBSJU-Global Portal.


Participants live in apartments at Langerry Holiday Flats which overlook the beach. Each flat is fully furnished and equipped so students have the facilities to prepare their own meals. The flats are located approximately two miles from NMU's campus. Students can use the public transportation system between NMU and their flats, or walk.

Financial Considerations

During a semester abroad, CSB/SJU students pay the same tuition as if on campus. Instead of paying CSB/SJU Housing and Meal Plan, all students studying abroad pay an Education Abroad Program Fee. Find Program Fee information on theCSBSJU-Global Portal.  

Students should plan early for a successful study abroad experience. Financial aid and scholarships may be available to help with program costs, but must be searched out well in advance.  

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