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South Africa: Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
NOTE: This program is still pending approval for Spring/Summer 2022. At this time, South Africa is listed as a CDC Level 4. GVSU is not supporting travel to countries at this level. A final decision on program viability will be made no later than January 2022.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - The Women and Gender Studies program in Cape Town, South Africa combines a strong academic program with service to the community. The program, provided in partnership with the Women’s Center, focuses on women and gender issues in the region and explores global feminist perspectives. Participants examine how issues such as reproductive health, education, violence, political representation and Apartheid have intersected to impact the role of women within various societal and class structures.
The substantial service-learning component is provided through SHAWCO, a non-governmental organization based in Cape Town. SHAWCO has years of experience guiding students in their work with adults and children in one of six local township centers that focus on education, health, social and community issues. This format allows students to move beyond the classroom and become a part of the communities they are studying.
In addition to service learning and academic lectures, students will experience the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders National Park, the District Six Museum, the Iziko Slave Museum, Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and an overnight stay at a private game reserve. Students may also tour Soweto and visit the Apartheid Museum, Hector Peterson Memorial and the Nelson Mandela House in Johannesburg.
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Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: May 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Students will register for six (6) credits:
WGS 358: Women and Gender in South Africa(3 credits) AND
WGS 493: Community Collaborative in South Africa (3 Credits)
Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.
Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required.
Language of instruction: English
Program participants will stay in a privately run residence in rooms shared with other GVSU students.
Cost and Scholarships
2019 PROGRAM COST:
Program Fee: $4,240
- Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
- Breakfasts, some lunches and dinners
- Field trips and fees
- All ground transportation
- GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,282)
- Vaccinations ($500)
- Additional meals ($320)
- Personal expenses ($200)
- Passport/photos ($150)
- ISIC card - optional ($28)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,728
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.
WGS JEAN ENRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) : This scholarship was designed to support an upper-level Women Gender Studies major or minor at GVSU.
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: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.
To contact the Financial Aid office, email email@example.com 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.
Open to all students who have completed at least one WGS course.
2.0 GPA required.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.
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