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Spend four or five weeks in the summer in Stellenbosch, South Africa, experiencing the beauty and culture of South Africa while taking courses at Stellenbosch University. Offered through Interstudy, this program is co-sponsored by UW-Madison.
Founded in 1866, Stellenbosch University is recognized as one of the top universities in South Africa. The summer program is divided into two different tracks - Multidisciplinary or Service Learning. Both tracks consist of lectures, group discussions, and field trips taught by Stellenbosch faculty and other South African experts. Lectures cover a variety of topics, including Community Engagement, History, Politics, Biodiversity, Art, Film, Literature, Sociology, Public Health, and Philosophy.
You will have the opportunity to participate in a weeklong tour of South Africa's famous Garden Route, as well as participate in several weekend excursions.
Stellenbosch is situated in the heart of South Africa's Cape Winelands region and is located only 20 minutes to the nearest beach and one hour to Cape Town by rail. If you're a nature lover, you will enjoy the nearby hiking trails or even a walk in the Botanical Gardens in the town.
Getting to Your Program
A group flight is offered through Interstudy for this program. If you choose to make your own travel arrangements, you will be given guidelines for arrival dates and times. Provided you arrive on the designated day and time, an Interstudy staff member will meet you at the airport and travel with you to your university.
U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Interstudy will provide an on-site orientation upon arrival.
HousingWhile at Stellenbosch, you?ll be housed on campus in a double room in the Monica dormitory, which also features a cafeteria. Breakfast is included in the cost of the program.
Excursions and Activities
The excursion program at Stellenbosch includes day and weekend trips to Cape Town and surrounding areas including Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island, and Swellendam.
After the program ends, you will participate in a weeklong tour of South Africa's famous Garden Route, a stunning stretch of Western Cape coastline, rich in diverse natural beauty.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
For the summer program you may choose between two different options. The multidisciplinary program is a four-week program where you take a required course: Introduction to South Africa's Political History. You then choose two additional courses from the 6 available options:
1. Bio-diversity: Plants for the People in the Western Cape
2. Apartheid and After: Representations of South Africa in Art and Media
3. Growth, Inequality and Unemployment in South Africa: Past and Future Challenges
4. Ethics, Science and Culture in Philosophical Perspective
5. Apartheid and After: Negotiating Identities in Literature and Film
6. Challenges for Democratic Consolidation
You will receive 6 credits for completion of the multidisciplinary program.
The Service learning track is a five-week, 7 credit program where you take a required course: Introduction to South Africa's Political History. You will also take a Service Learning course that combines classroom learning with community engagement projects. These projects primarily focus on work with children who are all from backgrounds of abject poverty and whose lives are characterized by impaired bio-psycho-social well-being.
You will receive 7 credits for completion of the Service Learning program.
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