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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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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 02/17/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/03/2019 06/05/2019

** 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:
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:

UGA- SPIA- GLOBIS - Stellenbosch Study Abroad Program

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

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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
Dr. William Finlay
Program Co-Director
Department of Sociology
210 Baldwin
Phone: 706-410-4576

Contact the following participants from the 2017 program for more information:

Austin Gignilliat
International Affairs and Economicsr
University of Georgia | Class of 2019

Stephanie Stover
International Affairs and Sociology
University of Georgia | Class of 2019

Abigail Walker
International Affairs and History
University of Georgia | Class of 2018

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 5 and classes run from May 7 to May 30.
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 (2018)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 2018 Participant
The program exceeded my expectations in numerable ways, but what stood out most was the learning opportunities in everyday life in Stellenbosch. I was beyond excited about the opportunities to meet someone new or gain knowledge at every street corner.

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.

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.

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.

DO IT! I was unsure about applying but I am so thankful that I did, this program is life changing!
     — Raleigh Conerly, Maymester 2016
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