South Africa

South Africa Summer
Term: Summer
Internship: none, but strong emphasis on field work and/or research


South Africa Summer

During the summer program in South Africa adventure and academics combine with immersion into sides of that country that most South African never experience. This unique study abroad program offers students an opportunity to produce journalistic and documentary narrative, a body of photographic work or South African-focused research. This program, where student content has garnered international awards, has a journalistic focus with the prime purpose of producing ‘news content.’ This production will be multimedia inclusive of audio, photographs, text and video. The production/equipment format will focus on use of mobile media. The production option will allow students to experience what it would be like to work as a foreign correspondent in South Africa. The program can accommodate students who do not have a journalism/production background such, as students interested in pursuing term-paper-style research. However, that research must have a journalism-media focused topic that takes advantage of being in the country of South Africa. The research option will provide students an opportunity to conduct research on a range of topics related to mass media, communication technologies, politics, culture and economics in post-apartheid South Africa. In addition to these production and research projects, students contribute to an award-winning collective social media site throughout the program. All student participants – production and research – are provided with field trips exposures with engaged institutions and knowledgeable individuals in South Africa to provide information to enhance understandings of that fascinating country.


Summer 2017:  May 19th – June 17th, 2017 (Tentative)
Application Deadline: February 15

Seven Week Program Layout
Week One: You will spend the first week on Temple’s campus attending orientation sessions which will include presentations on South African culture, history, and politics and instruction on multi-media production and reporting/research techniques and social media for reporters.

Weeks Two-Five: In country (The program is centered in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city)

Weeks Six and Seven: Students will complete post-production and research projects at Temple University.

6 credits
Journalism 3751: Foreign Studies in Journalism

SMC Faculty Program Leader

None, but strong emphasis on field work and/or research

Student Life
Housing in young, trendy neighborhoods (Melville in Johannesburg)
Tour of SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) and radio and television (news and drama) production studios
Pilanesburg game drive (safari)