Marquette's South Africa Service Learning Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent.
While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government-enforced-apartheid. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom and its leaders your teachers.
The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In the Cape Town area, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English.
You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center, and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid. In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods and diverse architecture.
The South Africa Service Learning Program, in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape, builds upon Marquette’s strong tradition of service learning. The program offers you the unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the people, history, culture, and traditions of South Africa through integrated academic course work and direct immersion into the culture through community-based service.
To help ensure a positive experience, a full-time resident director is on site in South Africa to guide you and help you delve more deeply into issues you encounter as you immerse yourself in South African society.
Courses and Curriculum
From education to business to nursing majors, students from all disciplines are eligible to study in South Africa. Throughout the semester, you will take four or five courses, two of which are designed specifically for program participants. You can choose the other two or three courses from University of the Western Cape curriculum.
Founded in 1960, the University of the Western Cape is a leading research and teaching institution that was one of the first South African universities to formally oppose apartheid. With 14,000 students and more than 200 degree programs, UWC is a major university committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity and building an equitable and dynamic society. Marquette is one of a select group of U.S. institutions partnering with the university.
The following required courses are taken with fellow program participants on Fridays throughout the semester:
Bridging the Racial Divide - South Africa
Reflect on the theology of apartheid and explore the process of truth, reconciliation and justice that took place. Also, reflect on the theology of forgiveness and reconciliation expounded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John de Gruchy, and as implemented through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Develop your own theology to move forward in your work, study or life, seeking to understand yourself, others, and the world around you.
Leaders in Grassroots Organizations: Community Development and Social Analysis
Investigate how people empowered by leaders at the community level address their development needs and bring about systemic change through analysis of the economic, social, political, environmental, and cultural structures that create poverty and conflict. Test and refine your own developing models of grassroots leadership through service learning placements two days a week.
Choose two to three electives from a variety of disciplines at the University of the Western Cape. Available courses are listed on the UWC website.
Students may also take courses from the UWC's Institute for Social Development which offers graduate level courses on the social and economic challenges that developing countries have to meet to transform successfully. These courses are designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, developers, researchers, or teachers at universities.
UWC offers a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines, including education, health sciences, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. Students seeking courses in the social sciences can also take advantage of offerings from UWC's Institute for Social Development.
Your instruction will also come from government, religious, business, civic, and community leaders who continue to build this nation, citizens who have dedicated their lives to a new South Africa, people who have contributed to its ability to rise above apartheid to bring about reconciliation and inclusiveness.
You will observe firsthand how people of traditionally divided groups come together to act collectively for the common good — and succeed.
Special Application Instructions
You must complete the LMU Study Abroad Application as well as the Marquette University Application. Please note, the Marquette Application is due prior to the LMU Study Abroad Deadline Date. Visit the host institution site for their application details.
You can find a full list of the courses offered on the host institution's website.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Students in Marquette's South Africa program live with fellow program participants in the Kimberely House in the Observatory neighborhood of Cape Town. Known locally as "Obs," the neighborhood is an intimate community with great energy an funky vibe. It is a popular community with students and lecturers because of its proximity to the University of Cape Town. Everything you need from restaurants to coffee shops to grocery stores are within blocks from the house.
Students share double rooms, a full kitchen and dining room, multiple bathrooms, a living room, computers, and Internet access. Students are responsible for cooking their own meals and often share the responsibilities as a group.
You will have the opportunity to put your education to work through serving with a community-based organization two days a week during the semester. These service learning sites let you make a difference in the ongoing transformation of South Africa through working on community education, health issues, gender inequities, sustainable living, and youth education.
The selected organizations provide services for and advocate on behalf of people whose voices are not heard and who continue to struggle with injustice and pervasive poverty. They encourage those they serve to empower themselves to address needs and be voices for change. Service learning sites provide opportunities to engage in community education, empowerment, mediation, training, research, and more. Past students have worked with local nonprofits that address issues as diverse as HIV/AIDS and other health concerns, family violence, gender inequities, sustainable living, and the education and development of youth.
South Africa Service Sites
Click the link below for visa and travel details specific to South Africa.
Visa and Travel - South Africa
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
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