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South Africa (Winter Session)

The Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Geography Presents:
The 2017 International Field Study in


South Africa Application (PDF) 
Application Deadline : November 1, 2017
Program Date  December 27, 2017 - January 14 , 2018
(Please return filled out application to Ms.Ina Marshall in EN A 220)


Founded in 1679, Stellenbosch boasts a history rich in European and African heritage, as well as some truly spectacular scenery. From the sprawling vineyards to the towering Jonkershoek Mountains, from the Eerste River to the heart of town, Stellenbosch offers a unique landscape for the study of geography, sustainability, and all related fields.

Due to its cultural, economic and biophysical diversity, the Western Cape Province of South Africa is an excellent setting for international fieldwork. Students will be exposed to sustainable development issues in a variety of environments, from the semi-arid Little Karoo Desert to the metropolis of Cape Town.

Students experience diverse landscapes of South Africa along with the majestic Table Mountain and the historic Robben Island.

In this riveting field study abroad, students will also take part in field lectures, research-driven group projects, community-based learning activities, as well as seminar-style discussions.  


Students must enroll in the following course, which is an elective in the Geography major. Each student must also register for an additional three (3) credits at SCSU, via their BannerWeb account.  All tuition must be paid directly to the Student Accounts Office.

GEO 405 - Environmental Justice (3 Credits)

Examination of developments and issues in the field of geography. Special Focus: land use and sustainable developments in South Africa's Western Cape Province.


Requirements and prerequisites are listed in the undergraduate and graduate catalogues.  Instructor permission is required for each course.  A health report, release of liability, and insurance coverage must  be provided by each participant.  Students should have student records free of disciplinary problems.


Student accommodations include double rooms at the Stellenbosch Sustainability Institute. Students also spend two nights in comfortable hotel lodging in Oudtshoorn.


Program Fee Includes:

  • Transportation to and from airports
  • Airfare and lodging
  • Transportation in South Africa
  • Two group lunches and two group dinners
  • Entrance fees to all museums and historical site sin the planned itinerary

Program Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU wintersession tuition and registration fee ($1,672.00), personal expenses, books, snacks, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

Each student is expected to bring a minimum of $750 for food costs; it is strongly recommended that students bring an additional $500 for on-site expenses.

The Program accepts no responsibility for  personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired;  in particular, students are urged not to bring valuable jewelry or expensive electronic  equipment with them.  The Program reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Students who qualify for the Guaranteed Student Loan Program should consult with their  financial aid officer and request additional aid for study abroad.  Students must apply and be accepted to the Program; preference will be given to full-time students enrolled in degree programs.  Students from other colleges and universities are welcome to apply.

A deposit of $1000 is due when the application is submitted to the OIE. The deposit is non-refundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of their acceptance into the program. This guarantees participation in the program and reserves lodging. A last payment of $2,750 is due on December 1,  2017. 

Fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The university reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on December 1, 2017, and there will be no refunds after that date.


Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Interim Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 
(203) 392-5222, or

*Deposits will be refunded in full if this application is rejected by the program Directors.

For further information please contact:

Dr. C. Patrick Heidkamp
Department of Geography
Morrill Hall 118B