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Program Description:
SIT South Africa:
Community Health and Social Policy
The Community Health and Social Policy program focuses on topics such as the relationship between traditional healing and state-of-the-art medicine, prenatal care, access to health care, and health education. You will explore the way that health issues are researched, communicated, and addressed. The program emphasizes the role of research, the influence of the media, the roles of the state and private enterprise, and the agency of community members. In this context, you are challenged to articulate Durban and South Africa’s health complexities in a balanced way. You learn how to be critical consumers of medical research papers and media reports on health. You are also encouraged to think more broadly about the perceived dichotomy between Western and traditional medical practice and to appreciate the importance of acceptability and accessibility.

Check out this blog from spring 2014 student Megan Bradley!

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
  • Students must take isiZulu (beginning)
Program Calendar
Fall: early September to early December
Spring: late January to early May

Courses are taught in English. The academic program consists of four courses, including a language course and an independent study project. Core courses explore development approaches and distributive justice, shaping sustainable social change, and field methods and ethics.  Guest lecturers include local scholars, policymakers and planners, social activists, journalists, development practitioners, and high-level state and government officials. Students will also take part in educational excursions and workshops. Grades from SIT will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

The program features four homestays. The main homestay is a four-week stay with Zulu-speaking families in or close to the township of Cato Manor, near Durban. You will also experience shorter (three-night) homestays in rural areas in Impendle, Amatikulu, and Umthwalume. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

All U.S. Citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in South Africa. SIT will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: 
SIT South Africa Community Health & Social Policy Budget 2019-2020.pdf

Cara Hardy,

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SIT application.

Please note: due to the small number of spaces in each program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date.

Syracuse University
  • Complete SIT application
  • Follow instructions from SIT for supplemental documents
  • Print your SIT completed application or send the SIT confirmation of application receipt to Syracuse Abroad.
SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/01/2021 09/01/2021
NOTE: Program dates are not available at this time. Please contact the international program advisor for this program with questions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.