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Cape Town, South Africa

Program Description

Globalization, access to the internet and the general shrinking of proximity to each other, create more opportunities to interact with a diverse and multicultural society. These interactions make cross cultural interaction and global understanding an important part of our everyday lives.

Graduating from the university as a responsible global citizens requires that we explore how our experiences, values and backgrounds create a lens through which we see and interact with the world.

This cultural immersion course is open to ALL majors. You will explore different aspects of self-identity, such as: family life, relationships, race, nationality, education, gender, career path and religion while learning about how South Africa is navigating the impacts of an Apartheid system that ended less than 30 years ago.

In order to examine these topics, you will engage in personal self-reflection, hands-on experience, participate in interactive classroom lectures, and learn about visit cultural centers and landmarks.

The goal is that by the end of the course you with have a better understanding of yourself and how identity and culture can influence career and life goals.

Cape Town, South Africa 2020 (Video)

Information session:

Exploring Africa
October 23rd 2019

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Student Success Center 1075


Location Description

Come and Celebrate the Beauty of South Africa!

South Africa, located at the most southern tip of the African continent, is a very unique and diverse place to visit. There are eleven national languages and it is twice the size of Texas. We will spend our time in the Mother City, Cape Town which is located on the shore of Table Bay. It is the legislative capital of South African and a top tourist location. It is one of the first cities European colonists landed in South Africa. The city has stunning landscapes and mountains, historical sites, museums, shopping, art, events, and more.


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Accommodations will be provided for students for the entire study abroad trip. The cost is included in the program fee. The accommodation has internet access and kitchen facilities. Students will be in dormitory style rooms with a shared bathroom. Housing accommodations are centrally located near University of Cape Town and public transportation is easily accessible.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 14 meals a week (lunch and dinner). The stipend is included in the program fee.

The housing accommodation will include a fully equipped kitchen with the necessary crockery, cutlery, and cooking appliances such as a stove, microwave and refrigerator.

Students should plan to bring extra money to cover additional meals, snacks, drinks or souveneirs. There will be an opportunity to shop at a local market.

Additional Items to Consider

A valid Passport is required. Cell phone plans in South Africa could be expensive - remember to check in with your cell phone provider about costs of international calling, data and text plans before traveling. Cape Town is a malaria-free area.

In country Visas are not required.

Students should be in good health as we will visit world heritage sites and will do some moderate hiking and adventure activities.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

All academic years including graduate students

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Resume 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


UNST 390/490: Exploration of Culture and Identity: Cape Town, South Africa (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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