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  • Locations: Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 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 Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: YES
Sponsor: University of Georgia Partner Institution: Stellenbosch University (FICE: 900218)
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Instruction: Lecture Classes With: International Students, Local Students, U.S. Students, UGA Students
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: SPIA
Academic Area: General Business, International Affairs, International Business, Political Science, Public Health Language Program: NO
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 9 Maximum number of credit hours: 9
Work Opportunity: NO Volunteer Opportunity: NO
Scholarship Availability: YES Housing Location: On-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.

View of Cape Town
UGA- SPIA- GLOBIS - Global Studies in South Africa Summer

The program combines four weeks of experiential learning with traditional classroom instruction. The objective of the program is to give students a comprehensive grasp of the issues facing South Africa, as it continues its efforts to create a democratic, fair, and inclusive society in the post-apartheid era.

Program Location

Stellenbosch is a college town, similar to Athens, located 30 miles from Cape Town. It lies in the heart of the winelands region of South Africa’s Western Cape province. It is surrounded by the Jonkershoek mountain range and is just 10 miles from the beaches of False Bay. The program is hosted by the University of Stellenbosch, one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Africa.

Contact Information

Tracy Elder
Executive Director
113 Franklin House
Phone: 706-542-6633

Contact the following previous participants for more information:

Matthew McGuire

Thunwa Klaihathai​

Academic Program

All students will earn 9 credit hours for the program.  Below is the academic information from the 2019 program.
All students must register for INTL 4355, African Political Systems, and will be given 3 hours UGA credit for this course.
Students must also choose one of the following tracks for transfer credit from Stellenbosch University:
1) Doing Business in South Africa (3 credits taught by Stellenbosch Univ faculty)
Doing Business in Southern Africa Course Framework 2019.pdf
Course 5 Framework Growth Unemployment and Inequality 2018.pdf

2) Sustainability and Community Engagement (one class - 6 credits - taught by Stellenbosch Univ faculty)
Learning, Sustainability & Community Engagement Syllabus, 2019.pdf

3) Public Health in South Africa (two classes - six credits- taught by Stellenbosch Univ faculty)
Public Health Course Description 2019.pdf
Course 10 HIV 2018.pdf
Site Visit Calendar.pdf (sample draft)

4) Political Science (2 classes - 6 credits; one taught by UGA faculty and one taught by Stellenbosch Univ faculty)  NEW FOR 2020
Transitional Justice in Africa Course Description 
POLS XXXX, to be determined. Taught by University of Georgia faculty member

For more information on the courses offered, please visit the Stellenbosch University Summer School website by clicking here.

Program Schedule

Cultural tours will include tours to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, as well as other destinations in and around Cape Town. The program will conclude with a 6-day garden route tour arranged by Stellenbosch University. Although every effort will be made to keep the tours as planned, minor adjustments may be made.

DRAFT Itinerary/Calendar

Program Costs

The program fee includes accommodation in Stellenbosch and on any program tours. It includes the use of all university facilities, entrance fees to all sites, guided tours at these sites, and local transportation costs.  The program fee includes the following:


Students will live in campus housing at Stellenbosch University. This is adjacent to the campus and the downtown area.


Breakfast is provided every morning in the university housing. Breakfasts and dinners are also included on the 6-day garden tour at the end of the program.


IMPORTANT!!  If you are a HOPE/Zell scholarship award recipient, you will receive a refund for part of your program fee.  This reduces the overall out of pocket expense for those students.  The refund to your student account will come from your HOPE/Zell and will be approximately $1,117.

All students studying abroad on this program are eligible to apply for the University of Georgia Foundation Incentive Scholarship for Central America, South America, and Africa

: These scholarships are for degree-seeking students at the University of Georgia who are in good academic standing and participating in a UGA Study Abroad Program, UGA Exchange Program, or UGA Independent Experience for academic credit in the regions of Central America, South America and Africa. Priority is given to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic merit, financial need, and relevance of study abroad program to academic goals.  A limited number of graduate student awards will be available.

Deadline: Twice a year deadline in Spring (Feb 15) and Fall (Oct 15). 


Program Reviews:
Mikaela Maria Cohen, Summer 2019 Participant
"I heavily underestimated how much I would learn during my study abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The experience was completely unique from anything I could have imagined."

The wide variety of activities that were offered to us outside of classes were the most significant take aways for me. My time in the public health module was also amazing because I got the opportunity to actually visit townships and see what South Africa's medical and public health systems are really like. The engagement with other students from all over the world was also an amazing experience.
     — Thunwa Klaihathai, Summer 2019
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