Study Abroad


Culture and Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4471
SAU Course Equivalency:  COMM 233, Topics in Communication (4 credit hours)
Instructors:  Dr. Kevin Sauter, Communication, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota 
Prerequisites:  None
Dates:  Jan. 1-26, 2015. (NOTE: SAU Spring semester begins January 14.)
Location: South Africa (Johannesburg/ Pretoria, Nelspruit, Hluhuwe Game Park, Durban, Cape Town)
Price: $6,505-$6,805 (subject to change)

Program description

This course will explore the roots of apartheid and the transition the country experienced in the move to a democratic government in the 1990s.

We will also look at the cultural dimensions of several of the prominent ethnic groups in South Africa and examine the role that communication strategies and practices play in maintaining civic stability and enhancing interpersonal relationships in the post apartheid era.

Students will travel to several sites in South Africa, including Johannesburg/Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and the Hluhluwc­ Umfolozi game park, and will study the cultural background of Zulu, Africaaner, Indian, British, Xhosha, and "colored" people.

A community-based learning experience will allow students to interact with young people at a school in the Langer Township in Cape Town. Lectures, guest speakers and field trips will expose them to communication strategies in a variety of contexts, such as in business, electronic media, educational institutions, health care, government, etc.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Transportation to most course activities while abroad
  • Lodging
  • Continental breakfast daily (exceptions may apply)
  • Entrance fees for required course activities
  • Planned excursions
  • Administrative costs
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals not included in course fees - approximately $682.50
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1:  Complete the online application
Step 2: Submit a $500 deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Turn in a completed Liability Form to Cosgrove Hall, lower level. 
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment tothe Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full. 

Payment details

  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.
  • Failure to meet deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.