is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent with a population of over 1.25 million people. The country of Mauritius also includes several other islands. Mauritius has been a Dutch, French, and British colony at different times, until Mauritius gained its independence in 1968. The people of Mauritius are multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual, with English being the main language of the government. The country is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom, enjoying the highest Human Development Index in Africa. Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna, with many species only being found on the island. It was widely known as the home to the dodo before its extinction.
Students will learn at the African Leadership University (ALU)
, a relatively new institution with over 300 students studying from all over Africa.The campus is located in Pamplemousses, half way between the capital city of Port Louis and the bustling international beach community of Grand Baie. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a diverse culture with historical origins rooted in Asia, Africa, and Europe, all while enjoying living on a tropical island, considered one of Africa's safest and most education-driven countries.
All Summer 2019 students will be enrolled in:
Global Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
The course will explore many of the ethical issues in medicine today and in the future. Taking advantage of the location, class discussion will include topics of global impact and from the perspective of various cultures. In addition to considering topics such as access to and rationing of healthcare, the beginning of life, organ transplantation, the end of life and other patient-centered issues; the class will reflect on human research, especially as being conducted in underdeveloped countries, the price and availability of medications, the use of advanced technology in healthcare, and many other controversies.
BUAD 492: Special Topics: Social Entrepreneurship in Healthcare, which will be offered by the African Leadership University for 3 credits
Social Enterprise (SE) and the related concepts of social innovation and social entrepreneurship is a growing global phenomenon. SE are for profit ventures with a strong component intentionally responsive to the needs of local communities. They are a solution to market and state failure, and test new models to address a variety of social, economic, and environmental challenges using equitable business practices. This course offers students insight to the social entrepreneurial process with a particular focus on the health sector, within a Mauritian and broader African context. Through incorporating classes, guest speakers and site visits, students in this course will explore the relationship between business and society by analyzing, debating and developing social innovations, and by designing social ventures.
There is a required 1 credit course
to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, 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 Mauritius and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at African Leadership University. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Housing and Meals:
Students will live on campus in dorm style buildings, meals included.
Arrival Date: July 6, 2019
Departure Date: August 3, 2019
Application ($75): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 2
Final/Balance Payment: April 2
*The $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the W&M Bursar's Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
*Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.
2019 Program Fee: $6,250
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.
All W&M students in good academic standing.
Reves Summer Scholarships
are available for this program.