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Spend five weeks in the summer in Durban, South Africa, experiencing the beauty and culture of South Africa while taking courses at The Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Offered through Interstudy, this program is co-sponsored by UW-Madison.
As a student in the five week summer program at UKZN, you will participate in a Service Learning course and then select one additional course of your choice.
You will have the opportunity to visit Johannesburg as well as visit some of the city's most famous historical sites. Several weekend excursions will be offered in and around Durban.
Durban is South Africa's third largest city and one of the main tourist destinations in Southern Africa. The city offers an intriguing blend of cultures that that reflect the Zulu, Indian, and Western heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Within a stones throw of office blocks, theaters, shopping malls, and cafes is the Indian Ocean and Durban's "Golden Mile" with its soft, sandy, swimming beaches, great surfing, and warm weather all year round.
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 UKZN, you will be housed on campus in one of three dorms central to the main teaching area. You will have a single room and share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other international students.
Excursions and Activities
This summer program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal begins in Johannesburg with an orientation and introduction to South African life and culture through visits to some of the city?s most famous historical sites, including Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.
While at UKZN, you will have the opportunity to participate in several weekend excursions in the KwaZulu-Natal region including a game drive and visits to historic or world heritage sites.
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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The academic focus of this five week summer program is a 4-credit Service Learning course. The objective of this course is to study the theoretical constructs of development and examine them in practice through service to a developmental organization. Past placements have been with organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS, Community Resource building, Peace and conflict mediation, and refugees. Three days of the week are primarily focused around classroom study, and two days devoted to the organization placement.
In addition to the service learning course, students choose one additional course worth 4 credits. The options for this additional course are: Zulu Language and Culture; or Culture and Diversity in the Rainbow Nation.
The summer programs are taught by host country faculty in all cases and students will be in classes with other international students (majority American or attending American institutions).
Interstudy Summer program in Durban
Interstudy Durban summer courses
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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