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.
Discover historical and contemporary multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in South Africa.
WHY STUDY HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA?
South Africa has made great strides in righting the wrongs of apartheid, but significant challenges remain. Cape Town’s population in the mid-20th century reached approximately a half million, of which whites were less than 15 percent. Economic hardship and racial discrimination designed policies that favored whites, creating economic and cultural differences that steadily split the nation along racial lines. Immigrants, blacks, and other groups struggled to define their identity and respond to discrimination. Afrikaner nationalism grew stronger in Cape Town and across South Africa, leading to a growing right-wing movement. Starting from your base in Cape Town, you’ll learn about how race relations continue to be shaped by a range of contested histories, politics, and social welfare programs. Journey to key sites such as the Steve Biko Centre, where you will study the Black Consciousness Movement, and Robben Island, the prison that held the late South African President Nelson Mandela. Experience South Africa through the eyes of four diverse homestay families in city and rural locations.
- Learn about multiculturalism in Johannesburg and Cape Town, including Langa and Bo Kaap.
- Study race, racial construction and mobilization, human rights, land dispossessions, and resettlements.
- Experience four homestays with isiXhosa- and Afrikaans-speaking families.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- Apartheid’s history and how it continues to impact South Africa
- Social change in education, language use, land, and party politics
- Critical identity markers beyond race: gender, sexuality, and class
- The three cultural contexts of Xhosa, Coloured, and Afrikaner
- The political, economic, and social structure of future South Africa
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
In cooperation with the School for International Training (SIT), Ohio State offers the option of enrolling at multiple programs based in South Africa. This program is an exploration of issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Cape Town, South Africa
Students will be housed in local homestays
Ohio State Program Contact
Schedule an appointment here
Courses and Credits
A variety of courses are offered. Please see the SIT program description
for course listings and syllabi. Specific Ohio State course equivalencies and credits will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
Applicants are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, meet the program-specific pre- requisites and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the School for International Training program fee and an international health insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The SIT program fee includes tuition, housing, on-site orientation. Airfare, some meals, books and supplies, international supplemental health insurance,personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.