South Africa SUMMER 2019 / June 3 - July 3

About the Program

South Africa is a country rich in history and culture. For decades, its government had a policy of racial segregation known as ‘apartheid’ (or apartness). Today, South Africa is known as the ‘rainbow nation’ and it serves as a model for cultural diversity and tolerance. Students will learn about race, identity and diversity in South Africa post-apartheid while studying in Cape Town, its second most populous city and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

Cape Town sits at the base of the towering Table Mountain on one side and beautiful Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. A thriving city amidst nature, it is home to an abundance of wildlife that is threatened by encroaching urbanization, pollution, poaching and illegal trafficking. Students will learn about wildlife conservation and will have an opportunity to volunteer and camp overnight at a lion sanctuary. They will also visit South Africa’s famed penguin colony and receive a behind-the-scenes look at a penguin conservation and rehabilitation center.

Students will have time to explore the greater Cape Town area on their own and enjoy all the region has to offer: hiking, biking, zip lining, diving, wine tasting, shopping, museums and more. Included is a 3 day trip along South Africa’s famed Garden Route where students can hike, canoe along a river, and take a safari on a game reserve. Through the experience, students will develop an understanding of South African history, culture and (wild)life.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657)278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Program Highlights

  • Earn 6 upper division GE credits while studying for 4 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa. Race, Identity & Justice in South Africa (CRJU 385) explores issues of race, gender and sexual orientation from a South African perspective. (Wild)Life & Culture in South Africa (HUM 350) introduces students to the challenges of balancing wildlife conservation and human rights. Courses taught by Professor Jarret S. Lovell
  • Predeparture classes on campus will prepare you to immerse yourself in South African life.
  • Visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, and take a walking tour of District Six led by a former resident of this famous neighborhood.
  • Volunteer and camp overnight at Drakenstein Lion Park, a sanctuary for rescued and abused lions.
  • Meet with activists in Cape Town working to ensure gender and LGBT equality.
  • Take a 3 day excursion along the Garden Route, and enjoy an open vehicle safari on a private game reserve.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657)278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Why I Studied Abroad

My experience was extraordinary and exciting. There was a new adventure every day. Not only did I learn about the culture and world that was around us, but about myself as well. Having the opportunity to study abroad was worthwhile and eye opening.

-Talia, Summer 2016

Instagram Photos by Study Abroad Students

Program Courses

HUM 350: (Wild)Life and Culture (3 units) [GE – C.3 & Z]

This course introduces students to contemporary life in South Africa, examining its people and culture. A special focus will be placed on the importance of wildlife to the South African economy and to the national identity. Readings, guest lecturers, site visits and service-learning opportunities will examine the rich wildlife of the area and the challenges of preserving biodiversity in an increasingly urbanized and global economy.

CRJU 385: Race, Identity, and Justice in South Africa (3 units) [GE – D.5 & Z]

In this class, issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation are examined from a South African perspective using history, current event, and contemporary voices. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of identity in contemporary South Africa.

Program Fee & Financial Aid

Program Fee


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to qualifying students. Follow these links to learn more!

Program Advising & Information

Location: Student Success Center, room H-112

Exploration Events and Information Sessions

For more information please contact Jaycee Cover to schedule an appointment at jcover@fullerton.edu or stop by the Student Success Center in room H-112, 8am-5pm M-F.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657) 278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Photo Credits: Drakensberg by Diriye Amey, CC BY 2.0. African Rail by Derek Keats, CC BY 2.0. Bo-Kaap by Maurits Vermeulen, CC BY 2.0. Cheetah by Bernard DUPONT, CC BY-SA 2.0. Beach at Sunset, Llandudno, Cape Town by flowcomm, CC BY 2.0. African Rail, Derek Keats, CC BY 2.0. Imizamo Yethu Township by Diriye Amey, CC BY 2.0.

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