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AIFS Summer Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/15/2018 04/30/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
AIFS Program at a Glance - Summer
  • 4-week summer program in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • No previous African language study required
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, meals, excursions and cultural activities, day trips, and more. Optional AIFS Flight package available.
  • Earn 6 credits for the General Elective Program
  • Earn 7 credits for the Public Health Care Program, Doing Business in Southern Africa Program
  • Courses offered in art, communication, economics, geology, health care, history, literature, marketing, political science, sociology
  • The local AIFS Resident Director and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies
  • Comprehensive Insurance and assistance package
  • Transcripts issued by the Stellenbosch University and mailed directly to the student’s home university one month after the end of the program.

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University has four campuses and a student population of 19,000, a third of whom are post-graduates. 98 percent of the diverse University population speak English as their first or second language.

The late former President Nelson Mandela, accepting an honorary doctorate from the University in 1996, said:

“This occasion says much more about South Africa and South Africans than about the individual to whom the degree is being awarded. This occasion is testimony to the fact that we South Africans have struck out on the road toward building a joint future that we are in the process of breaking down divisive bulwarks of the past and building a real nation united in all its rich diversity.”

Mandela wrote a personal note to AIFS students wishing them the best as “future leaders of the world.”

The majority of South Africans at the University speak English, and English is the common language of the international student population of 400.

The University houses a modern, extensive library collection cataloged on a computerized database. Part of a network of five mutually-supported academic libraries in the Western Cape province, the library is electronically linked to major library databases worldwide. Its architecture is distinctive in that the library is entirely underground.

Academic Overview

Attendance Due to the intensive nature of the programs, students must attend all lectures and excursions to earn academic credit. Please note that students will have class most days from 9am – 5pm. Evaluation takes place in the form of written assignments that must be submitted during the program or up to one month after the program’s end.

Course Load and Program Structure Courses are taught in English and meet for 30 academic hours per course plus field trips and outside work.

All students must take Course 1: Introduction to South Africa’s Political History for 2 credits.

General Elective Program students then choose a second course in week 2 (2 credits) and a third course in weeks 3 and 4 (2 credits).

Doing Business in Southern Africa students must then take the Doing Business in Southern Africa course for 5 credits through the end of the summer program.

Public Health care students must then take the Public Health Care course which includes the HIV/AIDS course for 5 credits through the end of the summer program.

Credits and hours: The University recommends the following credits. The number of credits awarded is at the discretion of the students’ home institution.
  • General Elective Program: 6 U.S. credits, 300 U.S. level
  • Doing Business in Southern Africa Program: 7 U.S. credits, 300 U.S. level
  • Public Health Care Program: 7 U.S. credits, 300 U.S. level

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Stellenbosch University and mailed directly to the student’s home university one month after the end of the program.