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Academics - South Africa Summer
South Africa Summer Academics

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good standing (academic, financial and conduct) and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a sophomore but must have junior standing when the program begins.

The academic programs consist of lectures, group discussions and field trips.  They are taught by Stellenbosch University faculty and other South African experts. 

Courses for summer 2017 will be available in late October. Historically, courses have not changed dramatically from one summer to the next. 

UWEC students can choose from one of the three course options to take during the summer school program.  The UWEC equivalencies from summer 2016 are listed below. Course descriptions and outlines for each course are available on the Stellenbosch University site.

Option 1: General Elective Programme: 

The lectures cover a variety of topics, including History, Politics, Economics, Philosophy, Art, Literature, Marketing, Geo- and Bio Diversity and Sociology. 

The term is divided into 3 blocks. During each block, students take one class. During the first block all students take the mandatory Introduction to South Africa's Political History. In the next blocks students can choose two classes from a list of possible electives.  Students take three classes for a total of six U.S. credits.  Each class is worth 2 U.S. credits.

Required Course:
Introduction to South Africa's Political History = GE 5 upper division elective, Foreign Culture

Note: If you would like the course to count as a History or Political Science elective, you  will need to talk with department chair when you are back to have the "Elective" changed to Pols or Hist prefix. You will also need to request that appropriate chair designate that the course as fulfilling foreign culture.)

Elective Classes: You can choose two classes for the rest of the program:

Bio-Diversity: Plants for the People of the Western Cape = BIOL upper division elective, GE 2  or LE-K1

Visual Controversies in South Africa, Past and Present = CJ upper division elective

Challenges For Democratic Consolidation = POLS upper division elective

Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication = CJ 301

Growth, Unemployment and Inequality in South Africa: Past and Future Challenges = ECON upper division elective, GE 3 or LE-K2

Marketing = MKTG 330

Present Imperfect: Negotiating Identities in Literature and Film = ENGL 330

HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective = SW upper division elective, Foreign Culture

Ethics, Science and Culture in Philosophical Perspective = PHIL 291

China in Africa = POLS Elective Upper Division

IMPORTANT: A minimum of 5 students must register for a course before it can be offered.

Option 2: Doing Business in Southern Africa

This course aims to help students investigate the unique institutional and policy conditions in Southern African countries which will not only allow future entrepreneurs and managers to understand the challenges that will confront their businesses, but also allow them to identify the opportunities that this rapidly growing region offers.

Note: Business studies background is recommended, although not a requirement

The classes you will take are:

Introduction to South Africa's Political History (2 USA credits) = GE 5 upper division elective, Foreign Culture

Doing Business in Southern Africa (5 USA credits) = BSAD upper division elective

Option 3: Public Health

This course introduces students to the health care system in South Africa and takes a thematic approach. The course includes an experiential component that introduces students to health care facilities in the Western Cape Province.

The classes you will take are:

Introduction to South Africa's Political History (2 USA credits) = GE 5 upper division elective, Foreign Culture

Public Health (5 USA credits) = ENPH upper division elective


For students in catalog years through 2015-2016, three credits of the Foreign Culture requirement can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

For students in catalog years 2016 and later, this program can fulfill an integrated learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments.  Email  for details.

The program typically runs mid- June to mid-July. You will receive the exact dates the semester prior to departure.

updated 10/18/16 cnb