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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 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: Stellenbosch University (FICE: 900218) 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: 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 Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.​
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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
Dr. William Finlay
Program Co-Director
Department of Sociology
210 Baldwin
Phone: 706-410-4576

Contact the following participants from the 2019 program for more information:

Pilar Corso

Cecilia Turner


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 9 and classes run from May 11 to June 3.
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 (Proposed)

 Date     Day Activity
Day 1 Fri Depart Atlanta
Day 2 Sat Arrive in Stellenbosch, check in to lodging 
Day 3 Sun Welcome breakfast; settle into Stellenbosch
Day 4 Mon Orientation from Stellenbosch University; welcome dinner
Day 5 Tues Service-learning training; walking tour of Kayamandi
Day 6 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 7 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 8 Fri Township tour: Khayelitsha
Day 9 Sat Cape Town and Table Mountain tour, lunch included
Day 10 Sun Cape Point and Simonstown (penguins) tour; lunch included
Day 11 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 12 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 13 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 14 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 15 Fri Free Day
Day 16 Sat KWV, and Taal Monument tours, lunch included
Day 17 Sun Free day
Day 18 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 19 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 20 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 21 Thurs Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 22 Fri Robben Island and waterfront tour, lunch included
Day 23 Sat Free day
Day 24 Sun Free day
Day 25 Mon Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 26 Tues Classes in the morning; service-learning in the afternoon
Day 27 Wed Classes in the morning; service-learning debriefing in the afternoon; farewell dinner
Day 28 Thurs Packing day
Day 29 Friday Flight to Victoria Falls; tour of traditional village and Victoria Falls; Zambesi River cruise; stay at A’Zambesi River lodge; all meals included
Day 30 Sat Coach to Chobe Safari lodge in Botswana; game drive and game cruise; all meals included
Day 31 Sun Victoria Falls activities; all meals included
Day 32 Mon Victoria Falls activities; flights from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg and from there to Atlanta


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;
  • Internal flights. Airfare within South Africa and Zimbabwe are included;
  • 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


Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
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Accessibility and quality of health care:
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Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
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Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
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Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
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Arrangements for and quality of meals:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
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Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
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Program Reviews:
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.

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.

Summer Peyton Roberson, Maymester 2019 Participant
If you are looking to participate in a program that is different from the rest, put your name down for this one as soon as possible. This program was a life-changing experience for me and now South Africa holds a place in my heart. This program will leave you in tears when it is time to go because it is such a moving adventure that will leave you with a taste for more knowledge and service-learning.

Mary Eleanor Piccagli, Maymester 2019 Participant
This program will truly change your life. The people are incredible, and learning about South African culture was eye opening.

Cecilia Renee Turner, Maymester 2019 Participant
Studying abroad in South Africa was one of the best decisions of my college career. I was able to learn, volunteer, and sight see. I highly recommend this program for any student that wants to get out of their comfort zone and has a passion for serving.

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.

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.

Maymester 2017 Participant
I would recommend the Stellenbosch Study Abroad program to any student interested in development! Not only do the professors challenge students to expand their definition of development, but they also foster personal growth.

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 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.

The visits to this township provided me with an understanding of life for the amaXhosa that I could have gotten from nowhere else. Working with those children allowed me to form memorable bonds with some that will hopefully impact them for the remainder of their schooling, and possibly even longer. I truly appreciate how much I could connect with everyone simply on the basis of humanity. Ubuntu was an enlightening philosophy, and it showed the important of our networks, and the relationships we make. This experience also helped me recognize and embrace differences. I was surprised to see such stark contrast between demographic groups in terms of language, culture, living conditions, and employment. Although the US is still struggling with effects from slavery and Jim Crow laws, I did not expect inequalities to be as evident in South Africa as they were. I now have a better understanding of the injustices stemming from a legacy of discriminatory polices.
     — Solomon Greene, Maymester 2017
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