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Program Description:
SIT South Africa:
Multiculturalism and Human Rights
SIT Multi
South Africa is truly a multicultural society, with 11 national languages and numerous ethnic groups. While South Africans have seen tremendous change since the first multiracial elections in 1994, they anticipate a long road before achieving equality. South Africa is striving to implement a very progressive national constitution, restructure local governments, deliver basic services to all communities, and come to terms with a high rate of societal violence and a still uneasy racial divide. As a student on the Multiculturalism and Human Rights program, you will explore these issues, meet inspiring individuals and organizations making a difference across South Africa, and contemplate the country’s future path.

Program Details

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
  • Students must take isiXhosa (beginning)

Program Calendar
Fall: early September 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 several homestays designed to introduce students firsthand to South Africa’s cultural diversity. Students spend four weeks with Xhosa-speaking families in Langa Township in Cape Town, one week with families in the rural Eastern Cape (Tsabo), one week with bilingual Afrikaans- and English-speaking families in Stellenbosch, and one week with another bilingual family in Bo Kaap.

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 SA Multiculturism and Human Rights.pdf.

Cara Hardy,

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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.

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SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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.