The 2012 Cape Town summer study abroad program offers W&M students a unique opportunity to receive academic credit for a service experience while engaging in South African culture. The mixture of hands-on learning outside of the classroom in conjunction with academic coursework and lectures is meant to let students study and experience the South African struggle to resolve racial, ethnic, political, and economic disparity in this incredibly dynamic and vibrant country.
Students participating in the 4 week program will live in University of Cape Town residence halls, where all meals will be provided. There will be excursions to places of general and historical interest, including Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment, which aim to enrich the students experience and understanding of South Africa’s history, culture, and landscape.
Students will earn 6 credits while in Cape Town: 3 from the service-learning/internship and 3 from African-American and South African Movement Exchange (DANC 340). The service-learning will have students serving as English, math, or computer tutors and attending class lectures with a variety of University of Cape Town faculty. Coursework will appear W&M transcripts and be included in GPA calculations.
For more information contact Molly DeStafney at the Reves Center.