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South Africa


courses and curriculum

From education to political science to nursing majors, students from all disciplines are eligible to study in South Africa. Throughout the semester, you will take four or five courses, two of which are designed specifically for program participants. You can choose the other two or three courses from University of the Western Cape curriculum.

The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. The University of the Western Cape has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa's historic change, playing a distinctive academic role in helping to build an equitable and dynamic nation.”


The following required courses are taken with fellow program participants on Fridays throughout the semester.

Bridging the Racial Divide - South Africa
Reflect on the theology of apartheid and explore the process of truth, reconciliation and justice that took place. Also, reflect on the theology of forgiveness and reconciliation expounded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John de Gruchy, and as implemented through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Develop your own theology to move forward in your work, study or life, seeking to understand yourself, others and the world around you.

Leaders in Grassroots Organizations: Community Development and
Social Analysis

Investigate how people empowered by leaders at the community level address their development needs and bring about systemic change through analysis of the economic, social, political, environmental and cultural structures that create poverty and conflict. Test and refine your own developing models of grassroots leadership through service learning placements two days a week.

Elective Courses

Choose two to three electives from a variety of disciplines at the University of the Western Cape. Available courses are listed on the UWC website.

Students may also take courses from the UWC's Institute for Social Development which offers graduate level courses on the social and economic challenges that developing countries have to meet to transform successfully. These courses are designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, developers, researchers or teachers at universities.

A number of courses have already been evaluated for Marquette equivalency:

UWC offers a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines, including education, health sciences, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.

Your instruction will also come from government, religious, business, civic and community leaders who continue to build this nation, citizens who have dedicated their lives to a new South Africa, people who have contributed to its ability to rise above apartheid to bring about reconciliation and inclusiveness.

You will observe firsthand how people of traditionally divided groups come together to act collectively for the common good — and succeed.



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