COURSE OVERVIEW The itinerary of the 2016 has yet to be finalized. In 2015, we visited two of South Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities: Johannesburg and Cape Town. We visited a number of businesses where students had the opportunity to observe firsthand about uniquely African challenges and opportunities. We also visited the Kruger National Park to learn about the game industry and anti-poaching efforts. We designed the tour so that there was something of interest for all of our Isenberg students, regardless of individual major, as well as other students interested in Africa or business. We also visited cultural and historical sites and museums, learned about the racial and political trauma inflicted on South Africa in the name of commerce, and observed how the country and its people are redefining their country in the two decades since becoming a democracy.
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
IMMERSE yourself in the culture, history, politics, and business practices of South Africa
EXPERIENCE two of Africa's most cosmopolitan cities
SEE first hand how South African businesses operate
LEARN from passionate, knowledgeable professors
EARN 4 credits (and the Global requirement for Management majors)
ENJOY a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience in Africa
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THIS COURSE? Any registered student at UMass, the Five Colleges, or other accredited college or university.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The program will cost $5,995 based on a minimum of 25 students participating and includes: • Round-trip bus from Haiggis Mall to JFK in NYC • International roundtrip flight from JFK in NYC to South Africa • Transportation in South Africa (bus & domestic airfare) • Accommodations • Daily breakfast, most lunches, and most dinners • Entrance to museums and attractions • Wild game drives • Three day “Lead Like Mandela” seminar at Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Additional costs: Spending money and some meals
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM DATES? The 2016 trip will depart via roundtrip bus from Haiggis Mall to JFK airport in New York on Monday, May 9 and return to Haiggis Mall via JFK on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
The class will meet at least seven times during Spring semester. I will conduct a Doodle poll to find a time to meet – probably in the evenings.
DO I NEED A VISA OR SHOTS? U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need visas to travel to South Africa. Citizens of other countries should consult with IPO or their country’s consulate about visa requirements. You should discuss other shots with your physician.
WHERE WILL WE BE VISITING? The course has been designed to appeal to all Isenberg students, regardless of individual major, as well as other students interested in Africa or business. We begin in Johannesburg/Pretoria, move on to the Kruger Park, and finish the trip in Cape Town. We will likely experience talks from Deloitte Africa’s Chief Innovation Officer, a Marketing agency, venture capitalists, and NPO officials. We will visit Fairview Winery and Cape Brewing Company and the Timbavati Game Reserve. Cultural and historical sites will include Robbin Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for most of his incarceration), Constitution Hill Museum (former prison which is now home to the High Court), and the Apartheid Museum. There will be at least three service opportunities (e.g. in 2015, we spent a day working alongside school children planting trees at a Cape Town area school, created a vegetable garden at an orphanage in Soweto, and built a computer lab in the Timbavati Game Reserve). Students will also participate in a three-day “Lead Like Mandela” seminar at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO APPLY? Submit your application by November 1, 2015 through IPO.
If accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due two weeks after acceptance.
WHO IS LEADING THE COURSE? Prof. Michael Schurter, Instructor of Business Communications, who has been travelling to South Africa since 1999.
Enrollment in these programs is by application. The programs are open to all Isenberg students and span over fall, winter and spring semesters. Students earn three credits for each of these options.
If you would like to learn more about semester or yearlong exchanges, stop by the International Programs Office in Hills South, Room 455 early in the spring semester to discover the options available to you.