Summer Abroad South Africa

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South Africa—City to Safari

Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive Date:  TBD    End Date:  TBD

Program Overview

This program introduces students to the literature, history, cinema, and ecology of South Africa. We will study the phases of the country’s past: its pre-European history, colonial settlement, the apartheid and post-apartheid eras, reading books by Nobel prize winners Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee, and Nelson Mandela. The last two decades have witnessed a flowering of South African cinema and we’ll watch a selection of films that address recent political and cultural changes. The course includes field trips to museums, places of historical interest, and botanical parks and nature reserves around Cape Town. The last week takes place at Karongwe Lodge, a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park, where we will observe plants, birds, and mammals in their natural habitats, including South Africa’s Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  24

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer


English (ENL) 139Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)

English (ENL) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)


African American and African Studies (AAS) 157Literature and Society in South Africa (4 units)

African American and African Studies (AAS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights

  • Study South African history and nature in the amazing and beautiful waterfront city of Cape Town and on safari at Karongwe, a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park.
  • Enjoy private tours with South African experts in Cape Town and Karongwe.
  • See elephants, rhinoceroses, buffalos, giraffes, lions, leopards, and hippos! (Complete Mammal List)
  • See over 100 species of birds.
  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner for 18 years.

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