Cape Town - WINTER

Cape Town - WINTER

Overview of Course Abroad

     Guided by Millersville's official partner, Volunteer Adventure Corps (VAC), this program will be headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa.  This upper-level multicultural, interdisciplinary interactive course is designed to enhance students' knowledge, skills, and values for professional functioning within a diversity-embracing atmosphere.  The course focus is on differences in communication styles relevant to ethnicity, gender, social class, age, and culture. Students will engage in a number of field trips in addition to a service learning component at a pre-arranged NGO. There will be a few class meetings before the trip and an extended class meeting upon our return. Most class gatherings in South Africa will occur on-site, focusing on first-hand experience. Students will be complete assignments online throughout the trip and complete/present the final project upon our return. There will be some time for students to explore South Africa on their own.

Program Offerings

This program is currently full for the Winter 2015 Session.  For more information on taking this course in 2015, please contact Dr. Rice at

Students earn 3 credits by taking:

  • SOWK 350: Encounters in Human Diversity*Satisfies General Education Diversity and Perspectives Requirement
  • SOWK 619: Global Perspectives in Social Work

Students should work with their academic advisor to ensure that these three credits are appropriately utilized for the student's major/minor requirements or to fulfill General Education requirements.

The instructor for this course will be Dr. Karen Rice


Millersville University students will pay approximately $2,000 to participate in this course:

Payment Process (In addition to $100.00 nonrefundable program fee):

Amount                                                           Deadline

$700                                                                October 10, 2014

$700                                                                October 31, 2014

$500                                                                November 14, 2014

This cost includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation in South Africa (excluding students' free time)
  • Tour/Entrance fees
  • Most Meals

This cost does not include:

  • Millersville University tuition and fees for 3 credits
  • Airfare*
  • Transport to/from airport in US
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC): $25, $95 or $200 (depending on insurance plan selected)
  • Passport ** (How to Apply for a Passport)
  • Some Meals
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs and other daily expenses)

*The tickets for the airfare will be purchased by each individual, but the reservations will be made for the entire group. More details about the cost and when you have to purchase the tickets will be given at a later time.

**If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one IMMEDIATELY. Keep in mind that it takes
4 - 6 weeks to receive a passport.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid, for those studying abroad during the winter session, is generally not available.  The only option is a private alternative loan that grants aid for part time students. However, most lenders do not consider a student eligible for aid, if the student is only taking three credits, as six credits are more common eligibility requirements for such loans. Students may need to consider taking an online winter course in addition to the course abroad to earn the typical 6 credits if they would like to pursue applying for a private alternative loan.

For more information visit the following link:


Course will begin on 12/15/14, and run through 1/16/15

  • There will be five face-to-face meetings from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Dec 15, 16, 17, and 18th
  • The remaining instruction will occur online or in country (optional Trip to Cape Town, South Africa (December 29, 2014- January 10, 2015).
  • Post-Trip Meeting at Millersville University on 1/16/15 from 9:30am-12:30pm

        **Snow dates will be December 19, 20, 22, 23, and January 14, 2015**


Students will have single rooms within a 17-bedroom home owned by VAC.  The house is located in the Observatory area of Cape Town.


Prerequisites:  Communication 100, English 110, 24 semester hours General Education Credit

Successful completion of all MU Course Abroad paperwork for Dr. Rice Rice and the Office of Global Education.

To Apply

Students must submit a $100.00 nonrefundable program fee (fee will be returned if slots are filled) with the  Application form along with the Financial Contract form which is due on Friday September 19, 2014. All checks must be made payable to Millersville University and delivered to Dr. Karen Rice in the Social Work Department (be sure your name is attached to the payment).

Please contact Dr. Karen Rice, Social Work Department for additional information at 871-5297 or email inquiries to: