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W&M Summer- Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Summer
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Host Institution:
University of Cape Town
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
WM Credit Prerequisites: One-credit course taken at W&M
 Housing Options:
Standard Student Dorm
Program Description:

The Cape Town summer program mixes classroom instruction and hands-on service learning, allowing students to study and experience how post-Apartheid South Africa is working to combat racial, ethnic, economic, and political disparity.

Prior to the program, students will be enrolled in a 1 credit Spring 2015 course:

Religion, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism in South Africa
This is a one-credit course to prepare you for the Summer Program in Cape Town, South Africa. This course and this program assume that religions form a basic and essential element of all cultures, including our own. If one is to
understand a society, it is vital to study its religious beliefs and practices. This course will serve as a basic orientation to the culture and history of South Africa, as well as provide an opportunity for our class to form a community prior to our travel to Cape Town.

This class will meet once a week over the course of Spring semester, tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:50pm and will start after spring break.  Please plan on leaving this time open in the spring.  If you have questions, please contact Prof. Blazer.

Once in Capetown students will take two 3 credit Summer 2015 courses for a total of 6 credits:

RELG 308: Religion, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism in South Africa, this course satisfies the GER 4B requirement.
During our month in Cape Town, we will explore the role of religion from pre-colonial indigenous populations through the age of democracy.  We will focus on political and religious intersections surrounding colonial independence, apartheid, South African national identity, and the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis.  This course will rely heavily on site-specific investigations, and students will be expected to actively explore the resources provided by our location.

GBST 498: Global Studies Internship.
During this service learning course, students will working as English, math, and/or computer tutors to 11- and-12-year-olds in one of Cape Town's townships. Students will engage in reflection activities in a Global Citizens class.  Students also can look forward to periodic lectures with local faculty from diverse fields.

Students will earn a total of 6 credits during the Cape Town Summer Program, all of which will appear on their W&M transcripts and be included in GPA calculations.

Past participants have lived in hostels, SHAWCO housing, or UCT dorms and all meals are included. The Cape Town program includes excursions to locations such as Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, Table Mountain, Cape Point, and museums and historic sites in and around Cape Town.

The Reves Center advisor for the Cape Town Summer Program is Molly DeStafney,

Host Institution:
University of Cape Town; SHAWCO

W&M Faculty:
Annie Blazer
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Arrival date: June 12, 2015
Departure date: July 10, 2015

Application ($75) February 2
Deposit ($500):  March 6
Final payment:  April 1
Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

All College students in good academic standing.

Participation in 1 credit course in Spring 2015 semester tentatively scheduled to start after spring break on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:50.

Language Requirements:

Course Information:
Students will earn 6 credits through RELG 308 (satisfies the GER 4B) and GBST 498. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Program Costs: 

2015 program fee: $6,150

A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar's Office. Students are responsible for airfare.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.