Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020


Kristen Grace

Housing Options:

Homestay, Hostel/Hotel/Guest House, Variable

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Whether you are studying public health policy, rural healthcare, traditional medicine, health promotion, or the pharmaceutical industry, you can explore these topics on site in South Africa.

What is unique about this program?

  • Learn about health communication strategies, prenatal care, access to healthcare, health education, and more.

  • Examine Durban’s wide range of health services, from traditional healers to state-of-the-art hospitals.

  • Examine how the state, the media, and NGOs shape health outcomes and how varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services.

  • Experience Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria and hear from academics, healthcare workers, and researchers in the Community Health and Social Policy Lecture Series

  • Carry out an Independent Study or choose an Internship

  • Learn isiZulu.

What is unique about Durban, South Africa?

Durban, the program base, faces public health challenges of immense proportions, and it lies near the epicenter of southern Africa’s HIV pandemic. Cultural views on health and varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services. You will be encouraged to think broadly about the perceived dichotomy between western and traditional medicine and appreciate the importance of acceptability and accessibility.

Durban is the third largest city and largest port in South Africa.  Known for its mix of African, Indian, and colonial influences, Durban is a vibrant city with the fastest growth in the number of millionaires of any South African city--truly a city of contrasts.

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process.  You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself. 

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval.  Many programs fill by rolling admission.

Only 1st and 2nd choice programs will be considered for Cornell approval.  Cornell Approval is required for credit from Cornell.


Returning Applicants