South Africa Student Life

Housing and Accommodations

Participants in the South Africa Program will live in a Bed and Breakfast located in the trendy neighborhood of Melville, of the northwestern suburbs of Johannesburg. Journalists, artists, musicians and students from the nearby University of Johannesburg frequent the many sidewalk cafes, restaurants and bars. There are several shopping centers within walking distance and two shopping malls a short drive away. Melville is within walking distance of the University of Johannesburg campus, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and numerous media production facilities and newsrooms of media organizations.

Field Trips and Events

Students will have the opportunity to visit historic and cultural sites, including: the Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court (a notorious former prison where thousands of political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained and punished), the Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto (a commemoration of the 566 people who died in the June 1976 student uprisings), the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site (a museum containing three million-year-old hominid fossils, including the skull of “Mrs. Ples”), as well as the newsrooms of media organizations based in Johannesburg.  Trips and excursions may also include some of the following:

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