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Program Description:

South Africa:
Social & Political Transformation

The Political and Social Transformation program illuminates South Africa's complexity and diversity and its poverty and richness from both historical and contemporary contexts. Similar to other countries around the world, South Africa is striving to free itself of a legacy of racial discrimination, economic exploitation, and political authoritarianism to build a new democratic and equitable regime. Through coursework and community engagement, you will discover the significant role that Durban, the program's base, has played in South African history, particularly its role in apartheid.

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: late August to mid-December
Spring: early February to mid-May

The semester program consists of four courses, including an independent study project. Courses are taught in English. 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 three homestays. The program's first homestay is in Zulu-speaking Cato Manor, an urban township about five kilometers from the SIT facility in Durban. You will also experience shorter homestays in rural Amacambini and in Newlands. 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 Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University 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 Social & Political Budget Spring 2019.pdf.

Cara Hardy,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU 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.

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SIT South Africa: Social and Political Transformation

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.