South Africa - Cape Town/Johannesburg - SUMMER

South Africa - Cape Town/Johannesburg - SUMMER

Overview of Course Abroad in South Africa

Guided by Millersville University professors Dr. Robert Bookmiller of the Government/International Studies and Dr. Tracey Weis of the History/Women's Studies departments. This 6 credit summer course will take place through a mixture of pre-departure lectures/coursework and site visits/presentations while in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Trip highlights include visits to: Robben Island, the University of Cape Town, a Tour of Parliament, the Women's Legal Center, Cape Town Refugee Center, and the Johannesburg-Apartheid Museum and more. For additional information about the trip highlights, please see the Draft Itinerary.

Program Offerings

Students earn 6 credits by registering for the following:

  • GOVT 408/INTL 488: South Africa- Twenty years After Apartheid (Dr. Bookmiller) 3 Credits. This course examines the political transition in South Africa from the apartheid era through the emergence of a multi-racial democracy. Particular emphasis is given to contemporary political issues at the provincial and national levels. Additionally, through the use of South African films and liternature, the impact of socio-economic class, ethnicity and gender upon the country's current political landscape will be explored.
  • HIST 308/WSTU 491: "Strike a woman, strike a rock": Women's Activism and Black Liberation in Comparative Perspective (Dr. Weis) 3 credits. The resistance movements that challenged white supremacy in the U.S. South and in South Africa will be the focus of course readings, assignments and in-country field study. The strategies and political tactics used by South African women and women in the U.S. south to counter segregation and apartheid will be the subject of particular investigation. Historical documentaries, personal memoirs and music will round out the exploration of the struggle for human rights in each country.

Students should work with their academic advisor to ensure that these 6 credits are appropriately utilized for the student's major/minor requirements or to fulfill General Education requirements.


Cost: approximately $3,999.00* to participate in this course.

This cost includes: 

  • Airfare: Round-trip international flight and internal flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • Accommodations (9 overnight stays- 7 in Capetown/2 in Johannesburg: 3-4 people to a room/with shared bathrooms
  • In country transportation
  • Entrance fees to all program sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • A combination of home cooked and restaurant meals included (participants will be responsible for approximately 5 meals on their own)

This cost does not include:

*This price is based on the current exchange rate for the South African Rand as well as current air ticket prices (and fuel surcharge), it is subject to change.

** 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 Aid

Study Abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville (for example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville, however in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less.)

Federal/State Financial Aid: If you qualify for federal and/or PA state financial aid, you may apply it to your accredited study abroad program. For aid specific to summer, most students are required to be registered for a minimum of 6 credits in order to be eligible for financial aid. Any aid received during the summer will be deducted from the amount of aid available to you for the following academic year. (More information)

The Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all of the official MU study abroad programs to submit to the Financial Aid Office. As part of the Pre-Departure Paperwork process, students must indicate on their paperwork whether or not they wish to use summer financial aid. If they choose to use financial aid for this course abroad, the Office of Global Education will submit a cost worksheet to the Financial Aid Office on their behalf. These worksheets take into account all academic costs to study abroad (including additional tuition, living expenses, passport fees, airfare, etc.) and are used to re-evaluate students' financial aid packages. Costs associated with any additional travel outside of what is required by the program will not be included in the financial aid cost worksheet.

Students should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss their specific financial aid package.


Wednesday June 19- Monday, July 1, 2013


9 overnight stays- 7 in Cape Town and 2 in Johannesburg: 3-4 people to a room with shared bathrooms.

To Apply

To hold a place with the program, students will be required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit (this is part of the approximately $3,999.00 program fee) Once the $250 non-refundable deposit is paid, students are guaranteed a spot in the program until all spaces are filled. In addition to the deposit, partial payments for the program will start in December 2012. Tuition for the 6 credits will be paid directly to Millersville University based on the Summer II payment schedule.

Please fill out an Initial Interest Form and return to Dr. Robert Bookmiller, Fulton House.

For more information contact: