South Africa: Teacher Assisting

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2018 program. Updated 2020 program information will be available in summer 2019. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change.

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - The College of Education at GVSU collaborates with the University of Stellenbosch School of Education to offer education students a six week teacher assisting experience in area elementary or secondary schools. GVSU students will first complete their required coursework and the first 10 weeks of their teacher assisting in a West Michigan school. During the South African school vacation, GVSU students participate in travel and touring throughout the Cape Peninsula, one of the most beautiful regions on the planet.

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The next application period opens August 1, 2019

2.5 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2019

Estimated Program Dates: March 2020 - April 2020
Application Deadline: November 30, 2020 (Opens August 1, 2019)

(6 weeks)

*Disclaimer: Program dates for 2020 may slightly differ from dates provided

2020 Program information will be available in August 2019


South Africa

EDI 330/331: Methods and Strategies of Teaching (5 credits)

EDF 310: Organizing and Managing Classroom Environments (3 credits)

EDR 320/321: Content Area Literacy (3 credits)

EDT 370: Technology in Education (if needed)

*Special education majors contact faculty director for course sequence

**Fulfills General Education Global perspectives and fulfills 1 General Education Issues requirement (reflection required). Students must take 1 GVSU Issues course before or after going abroad in order to completely fulfill the Issues General Education requirement.

Language of Instruction: English


Students will live with host families.

Cost and Scholarships

South Africa

2020 Program information will be available in August 2019


Program Fee: $5,100


  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Field trips
  • All transportation while in South Africa

Other Expenses

  • GVSU winter tuition
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $5,568


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to students admitted into the GVSU College of Education eligible for teaching placement.

2.5 GPA required. 

Non-GVSU students are not eligible for this program.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2019
Sandra Miller
Program Director

"Going to South Africa was easily the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It forced me to step out of my comfort zone and do something that no one thought I could. It also allowed me to gain a better global perspective that I believe will enhance my future students and classroom." -Kyra Lundy

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