- Cape Town, South Africa
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Explore issues of multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the context of South Africa, from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
South Africa is truly a multicultural society, with 11 national languages and numerous ethnic groups. While South Africans have seen tremendous change since the first multiracial elections in 1994, they anticipate a long road before achieving the stated goal of equality.
Cape Town, the program base, was one of the first South African cities to voluntarily promote racial integration. In a typical semester, students complete four homestays —each providing the opportunity to meet and interact with South Africans from different geographic and ethnic backgrounds. The strong emphasis on the homestay as experiential learning complements lectures, discussions, field-based assignments, and excursions to provide a multidisciplinary analysis of the country.
The SIT Study Abroad program is divided into four components, each receiving specific credit. These include the Multiculturalism and Human Rights Seminar (MSHS), the Field Study Seminar (FSS), Conversational Xhosa, and the Independent Study Project (ISP). In reality, the components are all intricately linked so that as the program progresses, the knowledge and understanding acquired from the first three courses (MSHS, FSS and Languages) provide students with the skills necessary to enable them to successfully complete an ISP in South African society.
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- Live and study in Cape Town (program base) Students spend the first four weeks of the program in Cape Town living in a township called Langa. Primarily Xhosa-speaking, Langa was one of many areas designated for black South Africans and is one of the oldest townships in the country. Settlements in apartheid South Africa where populated not only according to race but also ethnicity. This was a deliberate policy by the state to control South Africans using the ‘divide and rule’ tactic. Throughout the semester, students have day excursions to museums, historical sites, self-help schemes, and community organizations around Cape Town. Students also undertake brief fieldwork investigations in local schools and NGOs. Later in the semester, the group takes longer excursions outside of Cape Town.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
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Based on 4 Reviews
- Amazing experience!03/30/20
I enjoyed this program so much because I was able to immerse myself in the unique cultures of South Africa by staying in four unique homestays around the country I was able to create relationships with my host families and with locals in the community
during my internship that I still talk to on a regular basis. The program gave me the opportunity to learn about the unique history of South Africa and also get to experience the current culture in daily life. I am so grateful that this program gave me the opportunity to be so immersed in the culture and learn at the same time.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Intensity, Learning, and New Friends03/29/20
I learned a lot about race and race relations while on this program. The program focus led to very intense conversations and made me rethink many of my experiences and how I perpetrate white privilege which was extremely valuable. Overall, I valued the
relationships I made while abroad and connected with a lot of people. However, SIT is both overly structured and controlling of your entire life while abroad as well as very unclear as to academic expectations which made it frustrating at times and added some stress.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great Experience08/20/19
You learn so much on this program. The professors are always willing to answer any questions you have too. Personally, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to learn about the history of the country and how it compares to the U.S. in so many ways.
The homestays were amazing too! The best part in my opinion.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Experience full of Growth06/04/19
For my first time abroad I couldn’t have chosen a more impactful program than SIT Multiculturalism and Human Rights program. The program is experiential learning driven, therefore experiences outside the classroom were just as impactful. I learned so
much about South Africa and it’s current life post Apartied. The program made me reflect and make connections about my own home country, and even more about myself and what I desire to contribute to our society.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend