Program Details

Students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions.
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Program Overview

Program Description:

There is much talk about the importance of participatory, bottom-up approaches to urban development, but reading about it is not enough to understand it, support it, critique it, and help make it better. Students in this program have a unique opportunity to join the efforts of the leading global network of urban poor working to improve their own neighborhoods, or an African research hub dedicated to the theoretical and practical re-thinking of urban development paradigms from a Southern perspective.

The South Africa field program, offered by The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, helps master's, undergraduate, and PhD students reach communities and projects in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. This program is unlike a traditional internship and it also goes beyond a narrow focus on community service. Instead, it provides students with a critical perspective that is grounded and relevant. The spring coursework prepares you to understand and engage with environmental and social justice battles as well as participatory urban policy narratives.
The summer fieldwork offers you a first-hand perspective of how community-led urban development processes take shape in reality.

Faculty Country Chairs: Maria Carrizosa

  • Begins: June 2020
  • Ends: July 2020
  • Open to: Graduate and undergraduate students from The New School and other universities
  • Required courses for New School students: Communities in Urban Development and South Africa IFP Lab
  • Concentrations: This program is multidisciplinary in spirit and focuses on cities. It is appropriate for all concentrations and no previous training in urban issues is needed, but it does require an academic or professional background in any of the topics of work and research. All undergraduate (rising third and fourth year) and graduate New School students, as well as students from outside of The New School, are welcome to apply.
Setting Description:
Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of students have participated in our signature International Field Program (IFP) in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The IFP is a platform for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field within an academic environment.
$5,130 USD. Tuition, 3 or 6 credits: The cost per credit depends on your program within The New School. For students outside of The New School, tuition is based on the International Affairs per-credit cost. Please email with questions about specific program costs. Tuition, noncredit: There is a $5,130 flat fee for those who wish to participate in the IFP without earning academic credits.

Additional Program Information

The IFP is open to Master's and Ph.D. students, undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors), and continuing education professionals from all fields and areas of study. The program is open to both New School and non-New School applicants.
Scholarships Description:
Many study-abroad scholarships are available through various external organizations. It is worthwhile researching and applying for scholarships on your own.

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