South Africa: Writing in Action

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

Gain professional researching and writing experience with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) while taking action to help them address social problems in Cape Town, South Africa.

Program Highlights: 

  • Gain workplace writing experience in an international context
  • Intern for NGOs in Cape Town (such as African Impact Foundation, Grandmothers against Poverty and AIDS, for example) who are in need of grant writing, organizational storytelling, or promotional materials
  • Explore natural wonders and rich cultural history of Cape Town through field trips, which may include a community tour, a wildlife safari, Cape Point Peninsula, Boulder’s Beach, Table Mountain, and Robben Island

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2022

Estimated Program Dates: May 2022 - July 2022
Application Deadline: July 23, 2021 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: May 2023 - July 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023


WRT 357: Professional Writing in International Contexts (SWS) (3-credits) AND 
WRT 491: International Internship (3-credits) 

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues requirement. Reflection required


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Cost and Scholarships


Program Fee: $4,542


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,504)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Additional meals ($300)
  • Passport fees ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,796


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: 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 all majors. Must have completed WRT 150. Participants must bring a laptop.

2.0 GPA required.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2022
Samantha Dine
Program Director
Christopher Toth
Program Director
Spring/Summer 2023
Samantha Dine
Program Director
Christopher Toth
Program Director

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