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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kasane, Botswana; Stellenbosch, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 02/17/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/11/2019 06/10/2019

** 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:
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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 Maymester

The Stellenbosch, South Africa, Study Abroad Program is a four-week Maymester program for 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 undergraduate 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.  The program is for undergraduates only.
 

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Program Location

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 2018 program for more information:

Miranda C. Bourdeau
International Affairs and Asian Languages and Literature – Chinese
University of Georgia | Class of 2021
Honors Program
mcb23047@uga.edu

Taylor Ogden
Sociology and Communication Studies
taylor.ogden25@uga.edu
 

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 11 and classes run from May 13 to June 5.
 
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 permission of department
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 (2019)

 Date     Day Activity
May 10 Fri Depart Atlanta
May 11 Sat Arrive Cape Town, check in to lodging http://www.fynbosguesthouse.co.za/
May 12 Sun Welcome breakfast; settle in to Stellenbosch
May 13 Mon Orientation from Stellenbosch University; welcome dinner
May 14 Tues Service-learning training; walking tour of Kayamandi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayamandi
May 15 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 16 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 17 Fri Township tour: Khayelitsha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khayelitsha
May 18 Sat Cape Town and Table Mountain tour, lunch included http://www.tablemountain.net/
May 19 Sun Cape Point and Simonstown (penguins) tour; lunch included http://capepoint.co.za/
May 20 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 21 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 22 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 23 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 24 Fri Free Day
May 25 Sat KWV http://www.kwv.co.za/, and Taal Monument tours http://www.taalmuseum.co.za/, lunch included
May 26 Sun Free day
May 27 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 28 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 29 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 30 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
May 31 Fri Robben Island and waterfront tour, lunch included http://www.robben-island.org.za/
June 1 Sat Free day
June 2 Sun Free day
June 3 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
June 4 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
June 5 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning debriefing in the afternoon; farewell dinner
June 6 Thurs Packing day
June 7 Friday Flight to Victoria Falls; tour of traditional village and Victoria Falls; Zambesi River cruise; stay at A’Zambesi River lodge; all meals included http://victoriafallstourism.org/
June 8 Sat Coach to Chobe Safari lodge in Botswana; game drive and game cruise; all meals included http://www.chobe.com/
June 9 Sun Victoria Falls activities; all meals included
June 10 Mon Victoria Falls activities; 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 and all meals on the tour at the end;
  • Access to the internet and email;
  • Use of Stellenbosch University student facilities;
  • Weekly laundry service;
  • Stellenbosch University student ID card;
  • UGA Medical Insurance;
  • All tours, including the trip to the Victoria Falls and Chobe Game Reserve in 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)
  • Roundtrip airfare. Stellenbosch Group Flight (optional)
  • Meals other than those included above.  
  • Telephone calls
  • Independent travel
  • Other personal expenses

 



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Program Reviews:
Emma Caroline Bailey, Maymester 2017 Participant
"The University of Georgia Stellenbosch program is unrivaled in regards to study abroad opportunities. The fact that students get to know the true character of the city by experiencing both luxury and poverty as they occur in the Western Cape culture make the experience exponentially more meaningful for students. The service learning aspect is what profoundly affects the hearts and minds of the students, and I strongly believe every abroad program should have a service learning component after participating in this one. The best five weeks of my life."

Maymester 2018 Participant
This trip will force you to go outside of your comfort zone, question everything around you, teach you, and provide more experiences than you could have ever imagined.

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.

Maymester 2018 Participant
This program is really fantastic. I would honestly recommend this program to anyone wishing to interact with people from other cultures and those wishing to travel to a region that is different from the US.

Ashlyn Tara Kloda, Maymester 2018 Participant
The Stellenbosch maymester is one of the very few study abroad programs that offers such a large amount of quality and variety in the places that you can go and the things that you can do. We were able to fully engage with the Kayamandi township through our service learning with VisionAfrika, fully immerse ourselves in the culture that we were learning about in the classroom, and view incredible wildlife in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Stellenbosch program was a life changing experience for me, and I truly hope that many more students take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

Taylor Alene Ogden, Maymester 2018 Participant
This experience allowed me to get a real-life look into how development should occur while allowing me to actually feel like I made a positive impact, too. I got to see so many different components of a complex history, and had a truly immersive experience. The professors combined education, community engagement, and adventure all into one program that taught me more than a regular classroom could.

Emily Ann Stone, Maymester 2017 Participant
The South Africa study abroad program is an immersive experience which couples classroom work with real-world interactions. I loved every part of the trip, from working with students in the Kayamandi township to bungee jumping over the Zambezi River.

Mary Micayla Davidson, Maymester 2017 Participant
The program encompasses endless adventures, first-hand experiences, and wholesome understandings. The in-class teaching paired with the after-school program allowed us to witness the disparities through personal stories and conversations. From riding elephants, to bungee jumping, to spending afternoons tutoring, I wish I could relive this month over and over again.

Maya 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.

Maymester 2017 Participant
This program does an excellent job of actually applying what you have learned in the classroom to out of classroom activities. South Africa is an incredibly unique country with a fascinating history. It was wonderful seeing everything we were learning in class actually happening in real life. That is extremely valuable in a study abroad program, and it's something that a lot of programs lack now. The ability to serve with the Kayamandi community while educating ourselves about their history and culture was nothing short of life-changing and thought provoking.

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The classes taught you so much about what you were observing, but working with the students in Kayamandi put it all in perspective. Being able to see that there were more similarities than differences between myself and these students made me realize that we don't live in different worlds. People need to experience other cultures to realize the impact of their own and be able to realize that we are still all part of the human race. So, a major take-away was the realization of all these similarities I shared with these students in Kayamandi, but also, how different our needs are. And obviously, another major take-away was also all the memories I have about my adventures!
     — Jordan Shoemaker, Maymester 2016
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