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UGA - SPIA - GLOBIS: Stellenbosch Study Abroad Program
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kasane, Botswana; Stellenbosch, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Outgoing Program )
Program Terms: Maymester
Homepage: Click to visit
Cost of Attendance Sheets Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2018 02/17/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/05/2018 06/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: None Type of Instruction: Lecture, Service-Learning
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes College/School: SPIA
Academic Area: International Affairs, Sociology Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Participant Selection: Competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above
Number of Student Participants:
21-40 students
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills
Open to non-UGA students:
Yes
Program Description:
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UGA- SPIA- GLOBIS - Stellenbosch Study Abroad Program

The Stellenbosch, South Africa, Study Abroad Program is a four-week Maymester program that offers a unique combination of classroom learning, community engagement, and wildlife viewing. The program is directed by UGA’s Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) and is hosted by Stellenbosch University. The program offers two classes taught by UGA faculty, allowing students to earn six hours of UGA credit.  As part of the program, students will get the chance to fully engage with the South African community by participating in a four-week service-learning project in the nearby community of Kayamandi.

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Program Location

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Stellenbosch is a lively college town and the proud capital of the Western Cape wine region.  Located less than 30 miles from Cape Town, the city provides a vibrant, urban feel set to the breathtaking backdrop of South African wine country.


Contact Information

Dr. Markus Crepaz
Program Co-Director
Department of International Affairs
308 Candler Hall
Phone: 706-542-6705
Email: mcrepaz@uga.edu
 
Dr. William Finlay
Program Co-Director
Department of Sociology
210 Baldwin
Phone: 706-410-4576
Email: wfinlay@uga.edu

Contact the following participants from the 2016 program for more information:

Destiny Loyd
International Affairs
Master's Student- CESD
Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia '17
dloyd909@uga.edu | 770-688-4680

Jordan Shoemaker
Sociology - A.B.
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
University of Georgia '17
jls78316@uga.edu | 770-367-1856

Millie Bhatia 
International Affairs
Bachelor's Student
School of Public & International Affairs
University of Georgia '18
mb60444@uga.edu | 678-736-3980

Sarah Henning
International Affairs 
Masters of Public Administration 
University of Georgia Honors  '19
Seh87896@uga.edu / 770-596-9298
 

Academic Program

Classes are taught Monday-Thursday for four weeks. You must register for two classes (6 credit hours). In most instances, the prerequisites will be waived for students in our program.  Participants arrive in Stellenbosch by May 6 and classes run from May 8 to May 31 (dates for 2017).
 
Courses offered:
INTL/SOCI 4570S - South African Society (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or SOCI 1101H or SOCI 2600 or INTL 1100 or INTL 1100H or POD
Instructor:  Dr. William Finlay, Dept. of Sociology
Description:  Social problems and issues in post-apartheid South Africa and how these have been addressed by government and civil society

INTL/SOCI 4320S - Politics of Development (3 hours)
Prerequisite or corequisite: INTL 3200 or INTL 3300 or permission of department.
Instructor:  Dr. Markus Crepaz, School of Public & International Affairs
Description:  How democracy, free markets, and other competing political and economic models can be applied to the specific development needs of South Africa.

Program Itinerary (2017)

 Date     Day Activity
May 5 Fri Depart Atlanta
May 6 Sat Arrive Cape Town, check in to lodging http://www.fynbosguesthouse.co.za/
May 7 Sun Welcome breakfast; settle in to Stellenbosch
May 8 Mon Orientation from Stellenbosch University; Solms-Delta museum tour; welcome dinner http://www.solms-delta.co.za/
May 9 Tues Service-learning training; walking tour of Kayamandi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayamandi
May 10 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon http://www.visionafrika.com/
May 11 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 12 Fri Townships tour: Langa, Gugulethu, and Khayelitsha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khayelitsha
May 13 Sat Cape Town and Table Mountain tour, lunch included http://www.tablemountain.net/
May 14 Sun Cape Point and Simonstown (penguins) tour; lunch included http://capepoint.co.za/
May 15 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 16 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 17 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 18 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 19 Fri Free Day
May 20 Sat KWV http://www.kwv.co.za/, Spice Route http://www.spiceroute.co.za/, and Taal Monument tours http://www.taalmuseum.co.za/, lunch include
May 21 Sun Free day
May 22 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 23 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 24 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 25 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 26 Fri Robben Island and waterfront tour, lunch included http://www.robben-island.org.za/
May 27 Sat Free day
May 28 Sun Free day
May 29 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 30 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon
May 31 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning at Vision Afrika in the afternoon; farewell dinner
June 1 Thurs Packing day
June 2 Friday Flight to Johannesburg, tour of Soweto, and Apartheid Museum, spend night at Gold Reef City Hotel, all meals included http://www.apartheidmuseum.org/
June 3 Sat Flight to Victoria Falls; tour of traditional village; Zambesi River cruise; stay at A’Zambesi River lodge; all meals included http://victoriafallstourism.org/
June 4 Sun Tour of Victoria Falls; other activities at student expense; all meals included
June 5 Mon Coach to Chobe Safari lodge in Botswana; game cruise; all meals included http://www.chobe.com/
June 6 Tues Chobe Safari Lodge; game drive and game cruise; all meals included
June 7 Wed Coach from Chobe Safari Lodge to Victoria Falls airport; flights from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg and from there to Atlanta

Housing

See Program Costs for information on housing and meals.

Program Costs

What is included in the program fee?
  • Ground Transportation. Ground transportation for all group events are included, as is transportation from the Cape Town International Airport to Stellenbosch.
  • Accommodations. Students will stay in guest houses in Stellenbosch.
  • Meals. Students will receive breakfast daily as well as several group meals scheduled in conjunction with cultural tours.
  • Access to the internet and email;
  • Use of Stellenbosch University student facilities;
  • Laundry facilities;
  • Stellenbosch University student ID card;
  • UGA Medical Insurance;
  • All tours, including the trip to the Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Botswana
What is NOT covered in the program fee?
  • Tuition.  Tuition and fees will be paid directly to the UGA Bursar's Office (See Payment and Refund Schedule)
  • Round trip airfare. Stellenbosch Group Flight (optional)
  • Meals other than those included above.  
  • Telephone calls
  • Independent travel
  • Other personal expenses

 



Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials: 1 2 3 4 5
Accessibility and quality of health care: 1 2 3 4 5
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation: 1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload: 1 2 3 4 5
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits: 1 2 3 4 5
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing: 1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals: 1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program: 1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns: 1 2 3 4 5
Value of the program in relation to the cost: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Haley Michelle Folmar, Maymester 2016 Participant
Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone in more ways than one. The plethora of experiences you will have access to come about once in a lifetime, so don't miss a single one on the account of sleep or money. South African college students have a different idea of casual (i.e. not tee shirts and athletic shorts), so bring more "cute casual" or trendy clothes that are fall weather appropriate.
Jessica Jonel Sagastume, Maymester 2016 Participant
Studying abroad in South Africa changed my life; it sounds like an exaggeration, but its not. Everyone says that studying abroad is amazing, but you won't understand that unless you actually go, and the Stellenbosch program definitely receives 5 starts from me.
Haley Michelle Folmar, Maymester 2016 Participant
This experience completely changed the way I think about poverty and other challenges different societies face. I got a unique and in depth view of South Africa and its citizens that I will never forget or take for granted. The South African people are so willing to tell you their stories, most of which are emotional and heart wrenching, but getting to hear about their struggle as a nation was such a privilege.
Maya Alexia Neel, Maymester 2016 Participant
When we sit in classrooms studying the Cold War, Iraq War, or current events, we learn from textbook readings, lectures, or documentaries, but are unable to go back in time or travel across the world to truly experience what we are attempting to comprehend. However, living and studying the history and culture of South Africa while in Stellenbosch, South Africa allowed us to take everything Dr. Crepaz and Dr. Finlay were teaching us and apply it to the society. The ability to spend several hours in a classroom setting and then drive 10 minutes to a township inhabited by a population affected by the apartheid history and failing educational system was an incredible experience. Rather than looking at pictures in a textbook or documentaries, we had the opportunity to experience what we were learning in the classroom. I highly recommend this program to students interested in a unique opportunity to interact with different cultures and idea and learn both intellectual and life lessons.
Testimonial:
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I learned and gained so much from my experiences in Stellenbosch and Kayamandi. The most important lessons in my opinion were learned in Kayamandi through the kids. By helping the after school program I learned that you can't change yourself or your outlook unless you put yourself in uncomfortable situations. I had never been in the middle of such poverty and it taught me that poverty doesn't mean unhappy or defeated. Those kids showed me what it means to be truly happy without depending on material things.
     — Haley Folmar, Maymester 2016
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