Study abroad in South Africa


South Africa

Academic Requirements

Marquette University’s South Africa Service Learning Program is open to undergraduate students from any discipline enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Application Deadlines
and Requirements

Spring semester study: October 1
Fall semester study: March 1

Marquette uses an online study abroad system to facilitate the application process. When you log into the system, you will be able to select the South Africa Service Learning Program, view all application requirements, upload documents, request recommendations and submit questionnaires. All completed applications will be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

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Submit and/or complete the following items within your online application by the above deadlines. Please note that your application is complete when you see a "check" next to each requirement. There is no final "submit" button within your online application.

1. Passport signature document
Sign the passport signature document acknowledging that you understand the following requirements:

  • It is my responsibility to secure and possess a valid passport for the duration of my time abroad, including the six months following my program.
  • It is my responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements and apply for any required visas. (Your study abroad advisor will point you in the right direction)
  • Once I am accepted to a study abroad program and have a valid passport, I will upload a scanned copy of the identification and signature pages of my passport into my MU online study abroad application.

. South Africa (Next Steps) document
This document outlines all requirements, events and deadlines that will take place after acceptance notifications are emailed. You will digitally sign that you have read this document confirming you are responsible for meeting all deadlines listed.

3. Emergency contact info
Enter primary and secondary emergency contact information.

4. Service, work, volunteer experience listing
List all relevant service, work and/or volunteer experience.

5. Motivation essays
The motivational essay responses are a critical part of the application process, as they are the primary way in which you can communicate the academic appropriateness of the South Africa Service Learning Program and your preparedness for study abroad. You will submit your responses through the online system.

Answer each question below in one complete paragraph that is approximately 250-300 words in length.

  1. What are your study abroad goals (think about the pre-advising or Study Abroad 101 session)? How does this program align with those goals?
  2. How will this study abroad program build upon your education to date and connect to your studies when you return to campus as well as your vocation? Please describe the classes you plan to take abroad and how the academic focus of this program relates to your major, minor, and/or demonstrated academic and extracurricular interests including student organizations, service-learning, internships, research or other experiential opportunities.
  3. One learning outcome related to study abroad is increasing one's intercultural competence: the ability to accurately recognize and respond to cultural similarities and differences. What attitudes, knowledge and skills do you currently possess in this domain that will help you during your study abroad experience? How do you plan to enhance these while abroad?

6. Three academic letters of recommendation
The South Africa Service Learning Program requires three letters of recommendation from: 1) a college professor 2) a volunteer or service learning reference and 3) a character reference. Peer and/or family recommendations will not be accepted.

Contact your recommender, share your study abroad plans and gain their permission BEFORE emailing them through the online application system.

To obtain recommendations, enter your recommender's information into the online application. The system will email login details to the recommender, who will then able to complete the online recommendation. The box next to the recommender's name on your application homepage will be checked when the recommendation is submitted.

7. Interview
Once you have completed the application requirements listed above, you will be asked to participate in an interview, in person or through Skype. This interview will be a discussion about the expectations of the program and your reasons for choosing the program.


ADDITIONAL Requirements for Non-Marquette Students

Non-Marquette students can apply to several programs. You will need to submit the following additional forms by mail or through the online application system.

1. Official transcript
Arrange for your university to send an official transcript to Marquette's Office of International Education at the address below.

2. Study abroad adviser recommendation
You must enter your study abroad adviser recommender's name and email into the online application. The system will email login details to the recommender, who is then able to complete the online recommendation. The box next to the recommender's name on the your application homepage will be checked when the recommendation is submitted.

The purpose of this form is to ensure that you understand what your home university’s study abroad processes are such as application process, course approvals or fees. This recommendation tells Marquette that your have connected at least once with your study abroad office or equivalent.

Submitting Documents By Mail

Deliver any required hard-copy documents as noted in the online application system to:

Office of International Education
Holthusen Hall, 4th floor
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881


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