Good Hope

South Africa


The seminar will focus upon Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa with a possible visit to Harare, Zimbabwe.

A typical day will include some combination of the following:

  • Lectures with Professor Ivy George
  • Guest lecturers from academics, civic and local leaders
  • Visits to
    • historic sites
    • safari
    • churches
    • museums
    • historic caves
  • Class discussions
  • Course journals 


SOC291 focuses upon the issues of peace and reconciliation as they have been worked out in the South African context with its rich and complex ethnic, racial and historical background. The seminar has a pre-departure requirement of 5 on-campus classes meeting over the months of March and April. 


Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO after accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO.


Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the South Africa Seminar must:

  • Participate in COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (0-credit) in April 2017. Lab fees apply.
  • Participate in COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) in September 2017. Lab fees apply.

Please respond to emails from the GEO about registration for COR210 and 211. Both COR210 and 211 are one-day Saturday classes.


Program costs of approximately $5350 include (to be finalized. Fluctuation in costs possible due to airfare and exchange rate): 

  • Tuition
  • Round trip airfare to and within South Africa
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Excursion fees
  • Course materials

Students are strongly encouraged to see their financial aid counselor regarding arrangements for financial payment.  

APPLICATION: Deadline February 15, 2017

Juniors and seniors of all disciplines are welcome to apply. The coursework is particularly relevant to those studying sociology, social work, or psychology.  Interested students should:

  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Have Junior or Senior standing
  • Contact 
  • Complete an online application
  • Print off the letter of reference form and provide to a Student Affairs reference.
  • Submit a $30 non-refundable application fee to the GEO and a $450 program deposit. (program deposit will be refunded if the student is not accepted)


For further information please contact:

The Global Education Office
p: 978.867.4399

Dr. Ivy George
Professor Sociology and Social Work