Cape Town is the vibrant capital of South Africa. Famous for its natural beauty, Cape Town is nestled in a ring of mountains and provides visitors with breathtaking views from Table Mountain, along with sandy beaches along the coast. The city has a tumultuous history, which has given birth to a rich culture and an increasingly strong economy. Tourism has grown rapidly in recent years, making Cape Town the most popular travel destination in all of Africa
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.
Students will earn a total of 6 credits during the Cape Town Summer Program through a W&M faculty taught course and a Global Studies Internship that contributes to a cultural immersion experience.
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, Cape of Good Hope, and museums and historic sites in and around Cape Town.
Students will take two 3 credit courses. All Summer 2016 students will be enrolled in:
DANC 340: African-American and South african Movement Exchange (3 credits)
GBST 498: Global Studies Internship (3 credits): During this service learning course, students will work as English, math, and/or computer tutors in one of Cape Town's townships. Students will then engage in reflection activities in a Global Citizens class. Students can also look forward to periodic lectures with local faculty from diverse fields.
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in Spring 2016, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Cape Town and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course is dependent on the class times possible for program participants, but is likely to be held on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:30, beginning after spring break 2016.
Courses are taught be W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Quick Facts: W&M Faculty: Leah Glenn
Associate Professor of Dance & Africana Studies
Arrival date: June 10, 2016
Departure date: July 8, 2016
Application ($75*) February 1
Deposit ($500): March 4
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar's Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
Program Fees: 2015 program fee: $6,150
Students are responsible for airfare.