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  • Locations: Durban, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Please see application instructions for this program below.
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Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Chinese, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Health and Human Services, History, Independent Study, International Relations, International Studies, Minority Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program: Affiliated
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Pass/Fail
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Research, Study Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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SIT Study Abroad South Africa: Education and Social Change

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Understand the challenges and successes of transforming education and explore its role in the rapidly changing social and political contexts of South Africa.

WHY STUDY IN SOUTH AFRICA?

From the student uprisings against apartheid to contemporary campus life, educational institutions in South Africa have long been sites of social struggle and political organization, as well as centers of formal education. In this context, witness the vital role education has played in the development of a country. Visit classrooms in the cities of Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, and the majestic mountains of rural KwaZulu-Natal. Develop your professional skills during a weeklong practicum, and an educational transformation and leadership workshop. Stay with local families and witness the day-to-day challenges of their lives. Study the Zulu language and culture and interact with nongovernmental organizations, academics, and community leaders crafting education policy. As part of the program, you will integrate theory and practice with field research as you take excursions to key historic, natural, and cultural sites in both urban and rural settings, including the oldest game reserve in Africa, the sites of apartheid-era massacres and riots, and the Phoenix Settlement, home of the late Mohandas Gandhi.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop deep, multidimensional insights into education across South Africa.
  • Network with NGOs and public officials shaping policy and attend lectures.
  • Explore Zulu language and culture while living with two homestay families.
  • Observe lions, leopards, and elephants at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS

  • Diverse perspectives on education in urban and rural contexts
  • Legacy of apartheid in the educational system and current challenges
  • Education policy and how education affects the country’s development
  • South Africa’s political system, crime rate, and overall condition
  • Issues of gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS in the context of education
  • Multicultural learning and the “demise” of outcomes-based education

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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Dates / Deadlines:

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