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Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Spring 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Examine the history and dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system and visions for the country’s future.

What is unique about this program?

  • Examine the historical background of South Africa's apartheid system, the dismantling of that system, and emerging visions for post-apartheid South Africa
  • Learn about Reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the evolution from the Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP) to a developmental state
  • Explore the role of civil society, education, and media in the goal of nation building
  • Consider he challenges of transition, particularly as it relates to gender and social change
  • Engage in deeply experiential learning with a small group of students all interested in the same topic.
  • Choose between three different program tracks: journalism, internship, or independent research.
  • Receive isiZulu instruction.

What is unique about Durban, South Africa?

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

Visit the Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court, and the Mandela House in Johannesburg.  Experience three very different homestays in urban and rural settings and go on a safari in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.  Course-related excursion to neighboring Swaziland and Mozambique.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  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 page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)