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UMD-Summer: South Africa: Understanding Social Inequalities in Post-Apartheid South Africa (AASP)

Bushbuckridge, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Terms offered: 
Summerterm
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.5
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

South Africa 2016

The past twenty-five years in South Africa can be characterized as a period of chaotic, peaceful and volatile mix of political harmony and turmoil, an explosion of urban-cultural creativity, growth of unstoppable entrepreneurial activity, and a time when young people are challenging the relevance of society's political, cultural and economic structures and institutions. Calls for 'economic freedom', 'decolonized education', #FeesMustFall, and #RhodesMustFall (similar to ongoing tensions about symbols of the Confederacy in the United States) are some examples of contemporary South Africa's debates. The African American Studies Department (AASD) seeks to offer students an opportunity to be part of this evolving South African experience. Through this program, students will participate in a diverse range of activities, including volunteering with selected organizations in and around Johannesburg, visit to key historical and political struggle sites, visit to the ecological parks such as the Blyde Canyon and the Kruger National Park, home stay with families in villages in Bushbuckridge, engagement with a range of speakers and activists drawn from academia, government, NGOs and the community, and participant observations to name just a few. Focused on increasing the participation of students from underrepresented groups in study abroad, the AASD especially encourages students of color and those who are the first in their families to attend college to apply. Financial assistance will be available on a need basis.

AASD offers flight/airfare subsidies to eligible Pell Grant recipients, low income, first-generation college students, and students of color. 
For more information, contact:  Sharon A. Hodgson (Director of Administrative Services, AASD) shodgson@umd.edu

Follow this link for some photos of the 2016 cohort. 

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in both of the following six (3) credit UMD courses for a total of 6 credits:

  • AASP468Z: Special Topics in Africa and the Americas – Understanding Social Inequalities in Post-Apartheid South Africa
  • AASP468Y: Special Topics in Africa and the Americas – Understanding Social Inequalities in Post-Apartheid South Africa

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

AAPS468Z has been approved for the General Education Understanding Plural Societies requirement.
 

There will be a mandatory pre-program component June 4th-June 8th on the UMD College Park campus. 

In Johannesburg you will stay at a bed & breakfast in shared accommodations.  The bed & breakfast is centrally located and close to WITS University, service learning sites, restaurants, and shops.

In Bushbuckridge you will stay in shared dorms extensively used to house foreign students.  You will also spend time in a home-stay.

Costs listed are for summer 2016. The updated budget for summer 2018 will be published when available.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $2,360
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $800
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $3,700
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $300
Course Materials $25
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,800
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $50
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $6,265

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

AASD offers flight/airfare subsidies to eligible Pell Grant recipients, low income, first-generation college students, and students of color. 
For more information, contact:  Sharon A. Hodgson (Director of Administrative Services, AASD) shodgson@umd.edu
 

Vusi Dlamini is the Program Director and holds an MA in Development Studies from Sussex (UK). He was born and raised in Bushbuckridge and has years of experience in rural development work in South Africa. Therefore, Vusi is ideally suited to direct this program. Vusi is also well known in all the villages in which students will be staying for their homestays.

Sangeetha Madhavan, PHD, is the co-director. Dr. Madhavan is the Associate Professor in African-American Studies and Associate Director for the Maryland Population Research Center. She considers South Africa her second home. Dr. Madhavan has taught at WITS University, has been engaged in research in both rural and urban contexts for 15 years, lived in Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge, and has conversational fluency in Shangaan, the language of Bushbuckridge.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Service learning projects in Johannesburg.
  • Guest lectures from a wide range of experts drawn from health, education, rural development, small business development, tourism, and governance.
  • Homestays in Bushbuckridge.
  • Visits to struggle sites in Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria.
  • Visit to the Kruger National Park.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018 07/27/2018 08/17/2018
Mandatory pre-program component on UMD campus June 4th-8th, 2018.