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South Africa


Not running summer 2020. Stayed tuned for details regarding future years.

This three-week international experience takes advantage of the rich culture and history of South Africa. The seminar will focus on peace studies and reconciliation, and the class size will be limited to 10–12 students. The seminar is open to students from ALL majors but is particularly appropriate for sociology majors and for students interested in issues of development and reconciliation. In the cross-cultural context of this seminar, maturity, discipline, and graciousness are absolute requirements.


The seminar will focus on Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

A typical day will include some combination of the following:

  • Lectures with Dr. Ivy George
  • Guest lecturers from academics and from 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. This 4-credit seminar has a pre-departure requirement of five on-campus class sessions, which will meet in March and April. 


The GEO will notify students when they are able to register.


Program costs of approximately $5,000 include:

(To be finalized. Costs may fluctuate due to airfare and exchange rates.)

  • 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.  Scholarships are available. Click here for the scholarship application.


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 two letter of reference forms, one academic and one Student Affairs reference.
  • Submit a $30 non-refundable application fee to the GEO.
  • A $450 deposit will be required within 10 days of acceptance.


For further information, please contact:

The Global Education Office
P 978.867.4399

Dr. Ivy George
Professor of Sociology and Social Work

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