The UGA study-abroad program in Stellenbosch, South Africa, has been in existence since 2008. It offers a unique combination of classroom learning, community engagement, and wildlife encounters.
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.
The Stellenbosch program in South Africa 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 department heads, allowing students to earn six hours of UGA credit. Students will have the opportunity to interact with South African university students by living on campus. 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 communities of Kayamandi and Lynedoch. Students will volunteer with an after school program and in an elementary school, allowing for a first-hand glimpse into the realities facing the average child in South Africa.
Weekend trips are planned to experience some of the Western Cape’s most well renowned sites including, Table Mountain, Robben Island, and Cape Point. In addition to the planned tours, there are abundant opportunities to explore and experience Stellenbosch and Cape Town, including rugby games, open-air markets, wildlife interaction, restaurants, shopping, and lively Stellenbosch night life. The program will conclude with a six-day tour that will include an overnight stay in Johannesburg and a visit to the Apartheid Museum, followed by an unforgettable trip to the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and a safari in beautiful Chobe National Park in Botswana.
From classroom curriculum to rewarding community engagement to the development of a renewed worldview, the Stellenbosch program provides an unforgettable, invaluable experience.
The 2016 Globis Summer Study Abroad Program in Stellenbosch will take place May 14 to June 15, 2016. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.
Early Admission Deadline: December 1, 2015. Decision notifications will be sent on December 5, 2015.
Late Admission Deadline: February 2, 2016. Decision notifications will be sent on February 5, 2016.
PLEASE NOTE: Our application process has two deadlines: the first, "early admission" deadline is December 1, 2015. Applicants who are not admitted at that first deadline will be considered again after our second deadline, February 2, 2016, as will any application submitted after December 1.
In order for your application to be considered, please submit $300 application fee (payable to UGA - Stellenbosch Study Abroad Program), along with signed Program Fees and Refund Policies Form to:
Stellenbosch Study Abroad Program
113 Franklin House
Athens, GA 30602
Students, faculty and staff who are participating in programs sponsored by the University of Georgia and who are temporarily engaged in educational activities while outside the US are eligible to participate in this plan. Please download the GLOBIS medical insurance brochure for complete information:
What is included in the $3,990 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 the Academia residence hall for international students on the Stellenbosch University campus. These are 2-bedroom with kitchens; every student will have his or her own room. Students will be provided with bedding, cooking items, dishes, and silverware.
- 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 student facilities
- Laundry facilities
- International and Stellenbosch student ID card
- Medical Insurance
- All tours, including the trip to the Victoria Falls and Botswana
What is NOT covered in the $3,990 program fee?
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.
INTL/SOCI 4570S - South African Society (3 hours) - Dr. William Finlay
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or SOCI 1101H or SOCI 2600 or INTL 1100 or INTL 1100H or permission of department
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) - Dr. Markus Crepaz
Prerequisite or corequisite: INTL 3200 or INTL 3300 or permission of department.
How democracy, free markets, and other competing political and economic models can be applied to the specific development needs of South Africa.