South Africa Student Life

Program Highlights

  • Study topics ranging from mass media, social media and the rapidly changing political, social, cultural and economic issues in post-apartheid South Africa. The overall theme for the 2015 program is “South African quality of life 20+ years after apartheid.” Student can explores issues such as infrastructure, health, environment, education, etc.
  • Produce mobile media news content through written text, audio, video, photo or research a related topic
  • Take classes in communications or journalism with a focus on news and documentary production or a focus on media research
  • Live in the trendy Melville neighborhood, of the northwestern suburbs of Johannesburg, where journalists, artists, students and musicians frequent the many sidewalk cafes ad restaurants
  • Visit sites such as the Apartheid museum, World Heritage sites and media organizations based in Johannesburg
  • Live in the heart of Cape Town, near the V&A Waterfront, a popular shopping, dining and entertainment area
  • Visit sites such as the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Table Mountain, the District Six museum and media organizations based in Cape Town.

Housing and Accommodations

Participants in the South Africa Program will live for two weeks 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. For the final two weeks program participants will live in accommodations located near the famed Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This area is centrally located and near many of the historical sites such as Robben Island, Table Mountain and the District Six museum.

Field Trips and Events

Students will have the opportunity to visit historic and cultural sites in Johannesburg and Cape Town

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”), Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison), Victor Verster Prison in suburban Cape Town (prison from where Nelson Mandela was released), District Six museum (about an area where people of all races lived together during the 60’s and 70’s) as well as the newsrooms of media organizations based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Trips and excursions may also include some of the following:In-country orientation, tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town and walking tours of Melville and V&A neighborhoods

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