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UNC Honors in Cape Town
Honors Semester in Cape Town aims to immerse you into the living history of South Africa by directly involving you in institutions that are helping to create a democratic civil society. On this program, you will work three days a week with a non-governmental or government agency that best suits your interests and skills. Internships are available in the following fields: Public Health, Education, Children's rights, Public Policy, Conflict Resolution, Legal Advocacy and Human Rights, Development Agencies, Media and Journalism, Environmental Conservation and Ecology, City Planning, Gender-based Programs, the Arts, and more.
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"Cape Town is truly ineffable. As soon as you think you have a grip on it, it changes and slips from your grasp. It's a place full of contradictions: the natural beauty of the four peak and heinous inequality and segregation that still exists. Even with all of this, my semester in Cape Town was one of the most important times in my life. I learned to be observant and self-reflective. ."
~ Courtney Turner, 2015 participant
Since the 1980s, South Africa has witnessed sweeping changes in its political and cultural landscape. Once stigmatized as a racist regime, it is now celebrated as a nation with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. While Pretoria is the seat of the South African government, Cape Town is the location of parliament, and it is this magnificently beautiful city nestled between sandy beaches and gorgeous mountain tops that will provide the setting for this Honors Study Abroad program.
The program is based at the University of Cape Town, where you will have computer, gym and library privileges. In addition to your coursework, you have the opportunity to attend lectures and briefings by local academic, business and political leaders.
The 2019 program will be led by Professor Alexandra Lightfoot, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You will receive twelve, graded credits for this program. Your grades will be factored into your GPA. The credit will be issued as follows:
- HNRS 352: Twenty-five Years Post-Apartheid: Understanding the Social Determinants of Health and Inequity in South Africa, Gen Eds: SS, BN. Taught by Professor Alexandra Lightfoot.
- HNRS 353: Contemporary Southern Africa (3 credits). Lecture Series on the History and Politics of South Africa, Gen Ed: BN. Taught by Cape Town faculty.
- HNRS 393: Internship (6 credits), Gen Ed: EE.
The internship component of the Honors Semester in Cape Town is designed to provide participants with valuable educational experiences in a cross-cultural context and contribute to the social well-being of Cape Town and South Africa. Internship placements combined with academic coursework allow students to engage more actively with South African society and make connections between theory and practice. On this program, you will work four days a week with a non-government or government agency that best suits your interests and skills. Internships are available but not limited to the following fields: Public Health, Education, Children's rights, Public Policy, Conflict Resolution, Legal Advocacy and Human Rights, Development Agencies, Media and Journalism, Environmental Conservation and Ecology, City Planning, Gender-based Programs, the Arts, and more. Placements are based on students' interests, career goals, previous coursework, and skills.
Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
- These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
- You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
You will live in an area of Cape Town with easy access to transportation to the University of Cape Town campus. All bedrooms will be shared with one or two students. The guest house is in walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Students on this program will also participate in a week-long excursion to Lesotho, the Eastern Cape or another area in South Africa.
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 based on current UNC tuition rates, the student’s NC residency status, and operating costs of the program. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. 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.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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. Selected applicants may be required to interview with program faculty and staff.
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