Summer 2014: Nation-Building in the New South Africa
Location: Multiple locations (Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park) in South Africa

Cape Town city scape

Department: English, Africana Studies Program

Leaders: Dr. Michael Loudon (

: English, Political Science, History, Africana Studies

  Terms/Timeframe: May 14 to June 14, 2014

Language: English

  Credits: 6

Budget: Summer 2014


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
February 7, 2014
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

The course introduces students to the historical, literary, geographical, political, economic, educational and environmental issues involved in the process of building a non-racial society in the new South Africa. This course comprises an integrated series of lectures, seminars, and field trips that will include students and community members from both the U.S. and South Africa.

"I must say how interdisciplinary the program really was. I am a Political Science major, so my focus was on the social sciences of the country: politics, economics, sociology and culture. I could see how someone studying biology, zoology, literature and more could have something to study here."
-- Ryan Freer, Summer 2013 past participant & OSA Grant recipient

"I truly felt like a student studying the culture and the people of another place, which is exactly the type of experience I was looking for."-- Andrea Yarbrough, Summer 2013 participant & Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship recipient

Check out this student blog by Ryan Freer (Summer 2013)

Activities / Itinerary

Tentative Itinerary and Syllabus for Summer 2014


  • Welcome Barbecue at Africa Centre Guest Lodge
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Soweto Tour and Mandela House
  • 3-Day Safari in Kruger National Park
  • City Tour of Cape Town
  • Tour of Cape of Good Hope
  • District Six Museum
  • Volunteer work in Cape Town
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Table Mountain hike
  • Volunteer work in Mpumalanga
  • .......(Optional) Great White Shark Dive
  • (Optional) Wine Country Tour

Elephant pod volunteering


Undergraduate options:
STA 3970 (6 cr) - substitutes include: EIU 4109G* (3cr), HIS 3970 (3cr), AFR 3970 (3cr), ENG 4850 (3cr), PLS 3353 (6cr), PLS 3203 (3cr)

Graduate options:
STA 5970 (6cr) - substitutes include: ENG 5997 (6cr), ENG 5990A (6cr), ENG 4850 (3cr)

Honors option:
STA 3990 (6cr) - may be substituted for EIU 4194G*

See the faculty director for unlisted substitutions.
*senior seminar

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Accommodations will be at the Africa Centre Guest Lodge in Johannesburg, in guest quarters at the Tremisana Game Lodge near Kruger National Park and in Dale Lodge Apartments while in Cape Town. About 75% of meals will be program provided at the accommodations and through a cash food allocation. Kitchen facilities and nearby groceries, shops and restaurants will be available to students, who will be responsible for most meals in the final three weeks at Cape Town.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **