FCS Semester in South Africa
Location: South Africa- Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, New London

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Department: Family and Consumer Sciences

Leaders: Frances Murphy (flmurphy@eiu.edu) (217.581.6997)

: Human Services, Early Childhood Education 

  Terms/Timeframe: Fall 2016 - August 3-November 20, 2016

Language: English

  Credits: Up to 15

Budget: Fall 2016


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
March 4, 2016
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

Spend the Fall 2016semester in South Africa! Experience international education in a format that allows you to complete a full smester (up to 15 hrs.) of required and elective coursework that fits seamlessly in your human services or early childhood program of study at the undergraduate or graduate level. Complete your internship. Experience international human services programs firsthand; observe social and family structures in urban and rural settings.

Activities / Itinerary

Activities include field trips to human services programs, cultural and historical locations such as museums, guest speakers on specific cirriculum-related topics, and scenic locations such as Cape Point National Park. Students will have the option on weekends to participate in tourist-type activities at their own discretion such as shark diving, sky diving, bungee jumping and hiking.


Make course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program: 15

Below are the choices available for this program:

STA 3970/5970 - Orientation (Required prior to departure)

FCS 3853 - Child Development Practicum

FCS 4275 - Undergraduate Internship

FCS 4840 - Disadvantaged Family

FCS 4845 - Family in Crisis

FCS 4854 - Parent-Child Study and Community Involvement

FCS 5990 - Graduate Independent Study

FCS 5980 - Graduate Internship


Students will have individual rooms either in a guest house or hotel. Accommodations will be decided at a later date.


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. **