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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: May Intersession
  • Budget Sheets: May Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Katie Sabo Faculty Leader(s): Todd Cleveland,
Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours Area of Study: History, International Relations, Service Learning
Program Duration: 2 weeks Credit Type: U of A Credit
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: 0 none Open to non-U of A students?: No
Open to Graduate Students?: No Housing Options: Dorm, Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:


Applications will open in early-September for the following Summer term.

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, be proactive and begin your passport application today.


Application Deadlines:

*Priority Deadline:    December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline:  February 1, 2018

*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline

This program takes students to South Africa to experience one of the most dynamic, influential, and complex countries on the continent. Throughout our travels, students will explore the long, arduous path that the country traversed before finally achieving majority rule in 1994, but also of the formidable political, social, and economic challenges that remain as South Africa continues to develop. Students will begin at Kruger National Park to view Africa's unparalleled wildlife and then travel to Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful and exciting cities, for the duration of our time in the country. Students will also consider how South Africans currently engage with the long period of apartheid that the country experienced and the contested ways this past is both remembered and memorialized by engaging with South African students and activists through collaborative service learning activities. At every turn, students will take advantage of their presence in the country to engage in experiential learning, deepening their understanding and appreciation of South Africa's rich culture and history, superb cuisine, and remarkable physical beauty, as each student learns about the nation and its diverse peoples.


Students must:
  • This service learning programs requires participants to undergo background checks. Be aware that failure to submit the proper documents may result in your inability to participate in the service learning study abroad program. Background checks must be cleared prior to the start of the service learning activity. 
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
  • Display an academic record demonstrating maturity


Credit Hours:  Three (3) credit hours 
Credit Issued By:  University of Arkansas 
Courses:  Offered at the Undergraduate level 
                 HIST 3923H
                 HIST 3983
                 INST 4003

Learning Objectives:
1.  Students will deepen their understanding of the challenges that nations in the developing world and, in particular, South Africa face.  By accessing local media via one of the course assignments, students will be compelled to consider the differences between African and U.S. perspectives and sentiments and probe why these divergences exist.

2.  The myriad differences between American and South African society notwithstanding, students will also be able to identify many important similarities, highlighting the universality of many aspects of the human condition and, thus, deepening students' ability to connect and empathize with communities well beyond America's borders.  In particular, the program will provide students the opportunity to develop both intercultural and communication competencies as they interact with South Africans in a variety of capacities during the program, but also more deliberately, with students at UWC.

3.  A visit to Cape Flats, an historically poor township, to visit with local residents/activists and learn more about the ways that members of these marginalized communities have acted as models of ethical citizenship and pioneered conflict resolution techniques to, against considerable odds, address local challenges.  In turn, this experience is intended to prompt students to consider how they can think creatively to address challenges/problems in their own lives and home communities. 

4.  By engaging in a service learning project with a local women's advocacy group, students will engage in collaborative work with South Africans and learn, which is intended to enhance intercultural competency that can be applied in their own lives upon returning home.

5.  Students will have an enhanced understanding of (South) Africa's past, the ways this history shapes contemporary events and developments, and will better comprehend how the continent and country will fare going forward.  In turn, students will be able to deepen comprehension of the continent and its peoples as they interacts with friends, relatives, colleagues, etc. upon returning home - an important endeavor, as knowledge of Africa is problematically scant among Americans.


Students and faculty will stay in a hotel just outside Kruger Park during our time there.  Upon relocating to Cape Town, we plan to stay in extended-stay accommodations.  


Robben IslandPerhaps the most important and powerful excursion will be made to Robben Island, the site of the notorious apartheid-era prison where Nelson Mandela and numerous other African nationalists were incarcerated.  The tours of the facility are all conducted by former inmates, all of whom experienced various forms of abuse during their tenures there.  As apartheid and the ANC's struggle constitute primary foci in the program, this excursion is an ideal way to enhance and enrich the curriculum.

We also visit the District Six Museum and the Cape Flats, both sites that experienced significant violence at the hands of the apartheid government.  Yet, both visits will also highlight how residents of these locations creatively and courageously contested government repression.  Again, as the curriculum focuses on African agency in the country's past, these sites offer ideal narratives to highlight this theme.

Even our visit to Kruger National Park to view South Africa's unparalleled fauna will not be a passive endeavor.  In faculty leader Todd Cleveland's current research, he focuses on the history of tourism in Southern Africa and will lead discussions with students about the violent relocation of indigenous residents necessary to create game reserves/parks, and the perpetuation by contemporary African governments of policies that prejudice local communities as they seek much-needed tourist revenues.  This examination of African game parks will fit seamlessly into the curriculum, which examines the periods in which the aforementioned developments occurred/are occurring and are intended to prompt students to critically engage with the safari experience (even as they take countless pictures of the remarkable wildlife)!


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:

Todd Cleveland
Assistant Professor
Department of History
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Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!

This program is currently not accepting applications.