South Africa

South Africa

The Scripps College list of approved SAGE – Study Abroad and Global Education programs may change in response to students' interests and feedback, faculty, and administrative evaluations as well as changing world events. Study abroad is not without risks and students are advised to carefully choose their study site.

The Scripps Committee on Study Abroad (COSA) has approved the following programs in South Africa for our students.

Cape Town

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, research, and independent study; courses are taught in English. Volunteer work is possible. On-site orientation and some excursions are covered in the program fees.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty member: Rita Roberts
  • Fields of study: Courses in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science are recommended for Scripps students; Scripps students are required to study either one of the regional languages offered at the university or a class that includes content on South Africa.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; area studies course
  • Size of the student body: 23,500
  • Number of program participants: 100

Living Arrangements

Students may choose from homestays, host institution dormitories or program houses with South African student mentors. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps. Students in homestays share breakfast and dinne with their families and receive a stipend for lunches from Scripps.

Term Dates

  • Fall: MId to early July through late November
  • Spring: Early February to late June

Notes

  • Advising Tips: Students have to complete a petition process through the Registrar's Office for courses from abroad to fulfill the Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) general education requirement. However, the course -Gender and History, has already been petitioned by a previous student so it is now approved for the GWS requirement.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: Cost of living is reasonable in South Africa and a student budget is sufficient for taking advantage of many opportunities. For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Los Angeles and Cape Town.

Cape Town

Academic Program

Students take the following required courses: Poverty and Development, Community Partnership, Social Research Methods, Independent Study/Capstone Project and choose either Afrikaans or IsiXhosa language class

  • Fields of study: Development studies, Afrikaans or IsiXhosa language, range of options as an independent study project
  • Eligibility: GPA of 9.0 or higher, experience as a volunteer or in independent research

Living Arrangements

Housing is in shared houses with other program participants, near the University of Cape Town. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early July to mid November
  • Spring: Mid January to early June

Notes

  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: Cost of living is reasonable in South Africa and a student budget is sufficient for taking advantage of many opportunities.For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Los Angeles and Cape Town.

Durban

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, community visits, research, and independent study. Students participate in a two-week internship with a non-clinical health initiative and complete an independent study project. On-site orientation and educational field trips included.

  • Reviewed by: Staff: Neva Barker
  • Fields of study: Public health, isiZulu language, research methods, independent study project
  • Eligibility: 8.75 cumulative GPA; background and coursework in public health
  • Number of program participants: 20

Living Arrangements

Students live in homestays in Durban and while visiting rural communities, and in hostels or small hotels during other program travels. Meals are taken as a group or with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to mid-December
  • Spring: Early February to mid-May

Notes

  • Advising Tips: SIT has two other programs in South Africa with themes of Multiculturalism and Human Rights or Social and Political Transformation that may be of interest. Contact the SAGE office for more information if interested in applying.
  • Visa Information: All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
  • Budget Planning: Cost of living is reasonable in South Africa and a student budget is sufficient for taking advantage of many opportunities.For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Los Angeles and Durban.

Kruger National Park and various sites

Academic Program

Based in Kruger National Park, field study and research exercises will expose you to different types of savanna as you view the park's abundant wildlife. You will take four core courses: South African Ecosystems and Diversity, Field Research in Savanna Ecology, Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa, and History and Culture of South Africa. Science courses will be taught by Duke and OTS faculty and distinguished visiting scientists. Prominent South African historians, artists, and cultural theorists will lead the course on History and Culture of South Africa. The program is physically and intellectually demanding, stressing full immersion in hands-on scientific and cultural studies.

  • Fields of study: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Conservation, Pre-Vet
  • Eligibility: 9.00 cumulative GPA, two semesters of college biology
  • Number of program participants: 25

Living Arrangements

The program involves travel throughout South Africa. At most sites students will have shared rooms (2-4 people) and all meals are provided. The program also includes a three day home stay in a South African village community.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to mid December
  • Spring: Late January to mid May

Notes

  • Visa Information: Your passport must valid for at least six months after the end date of the program. You will also need a Visitor’s Visa to enter South Africa if you are not South African. Under separate cover, OTS will provide you with information about applying to the South African Consulate for your Visitor’s Visa. This information will only cover the time period in which you will be with the OTS program. For detailed instructions on how to apply and the documentation you will need, please visit the South African Consulate Website.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between the USA and South Africa.