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UConn SSS Summer in Cape Town, South Africa (Faculty-led)

IMPORTANT: Students must complete a pre-application with the UConn CAP/SSS Office. You can download the pre-application here. Please turn it in to the UConn CAP/SSS Office when completed.

The Program

Since the early 1990s, South Africa has witnessed sweeping changes in its political and cultural landscape. Once stigmatized as a racist regime and egregious violator of human rights, it is now celebrated as one of the most tolerant nations on earth with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. South Africa’s constitution is indeed the only one with specific language on women’s rights, children’s rights, workers’ rights, health care rights, education rights, and environmental and conservation justice.

Cape Town is a magnificently beautiful city nestled between sandy beaches and gorgeous mountains that provide the setting for this UConn SSS Summer Education Abroad. This program includes a 3-credit foreign study course that incorporates a 9-day service-learning component selected to meet the individual interests and goals of each participant. Building on previous relationships with supervisors at a multitude of nonprofit organizations established by Cape Town native and education abroad coordinator, Rev. Vernon Rose, students become immersed in the work of a wide array of placement sites.

The Academics

WGSS 3993: Service Learning in Cape Town (3 credits)

This 4-week experiential learning course will include reading and writing assignments to help situate Cape Town experiences within a broader social context. Through lectures, guest speakers, films, and cultural events designed to provide insight into the history and politics of South Africa, this class will enable students to analyze time spent living, learning, and working abroad to better understand the multiple ways in which race and gender, as social constructs, continue to be shaped by key social institutions such as government, media, religion, education, health care, economic systems, and culture both here and abroad. By creating a structured environment to reflect upon cross-cultural competencies and personal identity development, co-educators will collectively process new skills and knowledge to help integrate their international travel with their current academic plans and future profession goals.

UNIV 3999: Pre- and Post-Departure Course (1 credit)

This one-credit course will prepare students for a successful education abroad experience in Cape Town, and provide them with opportunities to reflect and present on it. It will help them to consider the challenges they are likely to encounter while studying abroad, and to create a support structure amongst each other in order to effectively navigate those challenges. This course has pre- and post-departure components that encompass a total of 14 hours. The pre-departure component is held during the spring semester prior to departure. The post-departure component is held in the fall semester following studying abroad.

The Experience

Participants in this program live in a fully-furnished house, within easy access to public transportation, located in Cape Town’s southern suburb of Rondebosch, a primarily residential area, with a medium-size shopping area, a small business district, and the main campus of the University of Cape Town. In addition to the course work and service learning opportunity, this Study Abroad Program offers: a week long orientation which includes visits to historic and cultural sites of interest such as Robben Island; a three day home-stay to experience everyday life with a local family; and a two day trip to a game reserve to see the animals for which South Africa is famous.


Financial aid and scholarships are available to offset the cost of the trip. Ask a SSS staff member for additional information on available financial support opportunities. You should plan to have enough money to pay not only the tuition and fees that are listed here, but also for the following expenses: meals; souvenirs and mementos, personal time experiences, travel to and from to the airport, and all travel undertaken during personal time. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

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