NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.
Explore the politics and culture of rapidly changing South Africa, as well as Swaziland and Mozambique, while engaging with renowned artists and intellectuals.
WHY STUDY CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA?
More than two decades into democracy, South Africa continues to struggle with the legacy of apartheid. With the highest income inequality in the world, South Africa is still transforming its political, educational, economic, and health sectors. In the historic coastal city of Durban, you’ll explore the history and dismantling of apartheid and visions for the country’s future. Choose from one of three program tracks. On the journalism track, you’ll work with award-winning journalists at Times Media Group in Cape Town to carry out the full scope of story development, from identifying and researching story ideas, determining newsworthiness, finding sources, working with editors, and adhering to the highest standards of journalism. On the internship track, you’ll gain professional experience in an international setting. And, on the research track, you’ll conduct field research and produce a substantive academic paper. Travel to Mozambique, which played a central role in South Africa’s journey to liberate itself from apartheid. Visit the Luthuli Museum, former home of the first African Nobel Peace Prize winner. Tour the Mandela House in Johannesburg and the Phoenix Settlement in Durban, home of the late Mohandas Gandhi. You will also see a wide range of exotic animals on safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
- Witness the mechanics and dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system.
- Travel to Mozambique for eight days to learn about its role in the struggle.
- Visit the homes of the late Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, and others.
- Observe lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, giraffes, and zebras on safari.
None. For the journalism track, strong writing skills and an interest in journalism are essential. A writing sample may be required as part of the admissions process.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website
for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- Apartheid and emerging visions for post-apartheid South Africa
- Individual vs popular memory; the role of memory in healing trauma
- Reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Roles of civil society, education, and media in nation-building
- The challenges of transition
- Gender and social change
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD
SIT programs offer a combination of seminars, language courses, and the choice of independent study or internship. Click the program links above for more information and course descriptions/syllabi.
Courses in these programs are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
SIT programs include homestay experiences in the local community, which offer the opportunity for intercultural exchange and language immersion. No language prerequisite is required.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
SIT offers financial aid and scholarships for those who qualify, including Pell Grant matching. See their website
and the UNC Study Abroad application for more information.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by SIT.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and SIT must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access