Located at the bottom of the African continent, nine provinces combine to make up South Africa, which is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. The cold Atlantic Ocean lies to the West and the warm Indian Ocean extends along the eastern and southern sides. South Africa has a population of approximately 49 million people with 11 official languages including English. It has some of the most diverse scenery found all in one country from bush, beach, mountains, desert, and forests.
May 11 Arrive in Cape Town (late evening)
May 12 Orientation and Walking Tour of Cape Town
May 13 Crossroads Clinic (HTH) or TBA (ENGR)
May 14 University of Western Cape (HTH & ENGR)
May 15 University of Western Cape (HTH & ENGR)
May 16 Groote Schuur Hospital (HTH & ENGR)
May 17 Robben Island Full Day Tour (HTH & ENGR)
May 18 Soccer Day in Phillipe Township (HTH & ENGR)
May 19 Table Mountain National Park (HTH & ENGR)
May 20 Crossroads Clinic (HTH) or TBA (ENGR)
May 21 Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour (HTH & ENGR)
May 22 Enjoy a Free Day (HTH & ENGR)
May 23 Fly to Johannesburg and Drive to Hoedspruit
May 24 Hlokomela - Hoedspruit Training Trust (HTH & ENGR)
May 25 Hlokomela - Hoedspruit Training Trust (HTH & ENGR)
May 26 African Safari in Kruger National Park
May 27 African Safari in Kruger National Park
May 28 African Safari in Kruger National Park
May 29 Drive to Johannesburg and depart for U.S. or other destination (evening)
There will be several hour-long evening academic sessions while in Cape Town and Hoedspruit. Travel to South Africa does not require a Visa or any vaccinations. However, the CDC recommends that Americans have vaccines for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid. Since we will be traveling to the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces, students may choose to bring a prescription antimalarial drug. However, please note that winter begins in the month of May in South Africa which is a "low risk" time for malaria. Communications, particularly emergency contact, to and from the United States during this study abroad program should not be an issue.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in both a B&B and a guest house for the duration of the program. All meals will be covered by the program fee.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
The program is open to Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors who graduates in Dec. 2013. Applicants must also meet the minimum required GPA of 2.8 in order to be considered eligible.
In addition to the oIP application form, students are required to submit the following material:
a) Describe in detail your travel experience, particularly any international travel you have done. Include the reasons for the travel, the persons you traveled with, and what opportunities you had to experience people of diverse cultures.
b) Describe why you are interested in this program, your expectations, and how this study abroad experience will enhance your personal and professional development.
c) Describe how you will contribute to the success of the program. For example, you may want to describe any personal characteristics and professional knowledge and skills that you believe will be helpful to the group.
d) Acknowledge that you have talked with your parents or others about applying to this study abroad program and that it is feasible (financially, personally, etc.) that should you be selected, you can commit to participate.
**Preferred applicants should be a Health Sciences major, enrolled in a health related major, enrolled in a Pre-Professional Health Program (Pre-Med, Pre-PA, Pre-OT, Pre-PT) or an Engineering major.
**Must be available to attend 4-5 mandatory orientationmeeting during the spring 2013 semester.