Program Details

The program strongly supports interaction and dialogue between Lexia participants and South African faculty and students. To this end, local students and faculty are involved with the program from the very beginning, giving the participants immediate and
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Lexia Area Studies and Culture Cape Town Program exposes students to South African history, economics, and cultural heritage as it relates to the region as a whole. In addition, the program enhances students’ understanding of contemporary social and political issues in South Africa and Cape Town. With the unique opportunity to study Afrikaans or Xhosa, Lexia students increase their respect for cultural differences by learning to function and participate in a South Africa’s diverse cultural and linguistic setting.

The program strongly supports interaction and dialogue between Lexia participants and South African faculty and students. To this end, local students and faculty are involved with the program from the very beginning, giving the participants immediate and direct access to the culture. No prior knowledge of Afrikaans or Xhosa is required, as all courses are taught in English. However, intensive language training is provided, thereby helping students to develop the skills and confidence to live, study and conduct research in the South African setting. Social and academic encounters with local students, as well as organized field trips, contribute to a greater understanding of South Africa both in the wake of Apartheid and during this ongoing period of economic, social and political transformation in Africa as a whole.

The program strongly supports interaction and dialogue between Lexia participants and South African faculty and students. To this end, local students and faculty are involved with the program from the very beginning, giving the participants immediate and direct access to the culture. No prior knowledge of Afrikaans or Xhosa is required, as all courses are taught in English. However, intensive language training is provided, thereby helping students to develop the skills and confidence to live, study and conduct research in the South African setting. Social and academic encounters with local students, as well as organized field trips, contribute to a greater understanding of South Africa both in the wake of Apartheid and during this ongoing period of economic, social and political transformation in Africa as a whole.
Setting Description:
South Africa, working through its legacy of racial discrimination and disharmony, is now a place where people from different social and cultural backgrounds are constantly engaged in finding new ways of living and working together. At the forefront is Cape Town, the legislative capital, where laws are passed to remove the inequities of the past and the inhabitants are forced to confront the shortcomings and challenges of the new society. In a setting of magnificent splendor at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town is a city of stunning beauty and contrast, where Lexia students can aptly explore issues of social change, diversity, African culture, and the environment.
Cost:
Semester Total: $15,950 Academic Year: $28,950

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