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South Africa Service Learning
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: Marquette University 
Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/15/2018 TBA TBA
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Instruction Language: English Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: Afrikaans/Elementary, Afrikaans/Intermediate, Xhosa/Elementary, Xhosa/Intermediate
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Fields of study:
African Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Literature, Peace and Justice Studies, Political Science, Service Options, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies, Women's Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Eligibility-Class: 04 Junior
Credits/Term: 12-18
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Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Housing Options: Group House
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Meals/Dining:
Prepare own food
Service or Volunteer Opportunites: Service or Volunteer Opportunities
Program Description:
Program Description:

South Africa-Cape TownTHE CITY

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 techers.

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.

 

ACADEMICS

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.

Required Courses
The following required courses are taken with fellow program participants on Fridays throughout the semester.

1. Theology of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice

Explore how people of all faiths are called to play a positive role in bringing about forgiveness, reconciliation and justice. Gain a unique perspective of South Africans’ response to this call, as evidenced in the ubuntu theology of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

2. 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.

Elective Courses
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.

A number of courses have already been evaluated for Marquette equivalency:
South Africa-UWC Courses

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.

Service Learning
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 and to 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.

As a required part of the curriculum in South Africa, you will work with a grassroots, community-based organization two days a week. These organizations provide services for and advocate on behalf of people whose voices are not heard — people who continue to struggle with injustice and pervasive poverty. They also encourage those they serve to build their own capacity to address needs and be voices for change.


South Africa Service Sites


HOUSING

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 tudents 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.

VISA & TRAVEL

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Marquette University's South Africa Service Learning Program


Marquette’s South Africa Service Learning Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent.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, and in the Cape Town area, you will hear predominantly Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.

You will study at the Desmond Tutu Peace Center and the University of the Western Cape. As a participant in Marquette's South Africa Service Learning Program, you will take four or five courses, two of which are taken at the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and are designed specifically for program participants. You will choose the other two or three courses from the University of the Western Cape's curriculum. All courses are taught by South Africans who are experts in their field.

Inspired by the spirit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre seeks to engage emerging leaders on the African continent and beyond in studies leading to the implementation of constructive, collaborative and principled models of leadership at all levels of society. For more information on the Centre, please navigate here: The Peace Centre.

The University of the Western Cape founded in 1960, played an important role in ending the oppression of apartheid as one of the first South African universities to formally oppose segregation. Today it is a major university committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and helping build an equitable and dynamic society. For more information on the University of the Western Cape, please navigate here: University of the Western Cape.

Not only will you learn through traditional course work while in Cape Town, you will also learn through action. The service learning component of your experience will engage you directly in the ongoing transformation of South Africa. It will offer you an academically grounded global reach as you research, reflect, analyze and act on complex global problems in an international setting.

You will work with a community based grassroots organization two days a week throughout the semester. Chosen 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. The organizations also encourage those they serve to empower themselves to address their needs and be voices for change. More information on the available service options may be found by navigating to: Service Options.


Cape Town

While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of apartheid's government enforced segregation. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom as you learn paradigms of emerging leadership and models of reconciliation, forgiveness and community advocacy. You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African sites, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid, historic District 6 in the city's center and Table Mountain. You also will have the opportunity to experience the musical traditions, artistic expressions, powerful literary voices, traditional foods, diverse architecture and spectacular natural species unique to South Africa.


Program Curriculum

Courses: Some of the disciplines offered at the University of the Western Cape include: Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, Finance, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion and Theology and Women and Gender.  For specific course information for the program, please contact Marquette University: Marquette University Study Abroad.


Housing

Named the Kimberely House, the apartment is fully furnished and contains a complete kitchen, a living room with TV, computers and internet access. At the Kimberely House, students are responsible for cooking their own meals and often share the responsibilities as a group. For a brief tour of the Kimberly House, please navigate here: Kimberely House.



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