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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Grahamstown, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Travel Day, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Program Details:

Program Base Price: $3,599 - $4,099 *
Estimated Airfare: $2,199 - $2,499 *
Dates: June 25 - July 15, 2018
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
* Prices estimates based on summer 2017 program. Final prices will be published by September 15, 2017 on the CCSA website.


Program Description:

Musical tradition and social justice intertwine in South Africa’s struggle to end apartheid. Today, that musical heritage still rings true as the country comes to terms with the past and moves toward a future in which South Africa’s people and natural wonders draw learners from around the world. The program starts in the ultra-modern district of Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. Students start connecting South Africa’s past with the present by visiting the Origins Museum at the University of the Witwatersrand, which gives depth to the cultural and historical heritage and origin of all human beings, particularly through its exhibit on the San Bushmen. A visit to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill in Jo-burg bring to life the more recent South African past, while a visit to Soweto, including a stop at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the Nelson Mandela House, convey the seamless interfacing of the past and present.

A flight will take participants from Jo-burg to the oceanfront town of Port Elizabeth. Here students will experience the struggles of regional townships within a modern city, which continually strives to balance beach tourism with the memory of its rich cultural history. The strong academic tradition of South Africa can be experienced at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (enrollment 30,000 and located on a nature reserve) where students will receive part of their instruction.

Next, students will have a chance to explore Africa’s largest National Arts Festival in nearby historic Grahamstown, a small university town with a relaxed feel. Of course, no South Africa experience is complete without guided safaris/games drives for all participants —often coming within a few feet of wild animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and monkeys. A picturesque, adventuresome drive on the world renowned “Garden Route” along the Pacific and Indian Oceans will take participants from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape with the vibrant and dynamic city of Cape Town. A climb or cable car ride to “Table Top Mountain” with its breathtaking views, and a ferry to historic Robben Island will conclude this high-impact, educational journey through the history and landscape of South Africa.

Program includes round-trip air transportation from designated US cities to destination and ground transportation to the program sites. No independent air travel is permitted due to program schedule. The US cities will be stated on CCSA web site by the end of September 2017.

The price of this CCSA program includes:

  • ground transportation between program sites
  • all required program excursions
  • course-related activities and entrances
  • health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • most program excursions, course-related activities and entrances
  • breakfast and some additional meals

Course(s) Offered:

Music / History / Sociology

South African Jazz: Music, Culture, & Social Justice
Course Description: The study of South African jazz not only exposes the stunning rhythms, sounds, and musical practices of the country, it also reveals the rich complexity of its people, culture, history, and struggles for social justice. We will explore this correlation by attending concerts, visiting museums, and touring historical sites in the bustling cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. Don't be surprised to see giraffes or zebras in the reserves bordering the highways ?or even a vervet monkey sprint across the road?as we drive to Grahamstown for the South Africa National Arts Festival, the biggest celebration of arts on the African continent! Students majoring in music, history, sociology, Pan-African studies and cultural studies will experience how music reflects life in South Africa! From Johannesburg to Soweto or Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown and Cape Town, students will delve into South Africa's musical heritage and meet people keeping the traditions alive and strong. Expect to walk between 3-5 miles per day. The safari which will require some walking. The average temperature in South Africa in June and July is quite pleasant (average highs mid 60's/average lows 40's).
Prof. David Clark | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Sociology / Interdisciplinary

Music, Youth Resistance, and Social Change in South Africa
Course Description: This course explores how music can impact social change. Analyzing the sultry sounds of jazz, the dynamic energy of hip-hop, and the prolific music of South Africa, we will examine the reach and influence of these and other musical genres on resistance among youth in South Africa and reflect on how anti-apartheid leaders used music in the their liberation struggle. We will focus on recent student protests against mounting costs of higher education and will interview musicians involved in resistance movements at such sites as the National Arts Festival and other spaces promoting and reflecting on social change. Expect to walk between 3-5 miles daily. As the class will take place in South Africa's winter, students should prepare for cooler temperatures, especially at night.
Prerequisite: Students who take the course for Sociology credit should have taken an introductory level Sociology course.
Dr. Angela Schargenberger | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

This program is currently not accepting applications.