May 30 - July 27, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This internship program offers hands-on experience working with one of several non-profit and non-governmental organizations in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition students will learn about contemporary South Africa in a conventional seminar taught by UK faculty. Offering experience in nearly every facet of the non-profit and non-governmental sector, this internship will increase student awareness of how to build other non-profit organizations, how to develop environmental education and youth leadership, support victims of domestic violence, build a sustainable market for artists from underprivileged communities, develop a curriculum for elementary math and science educational reform, and more.
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to gain practical and transferable 'real world' skills, those who want a meaningful internship experience with independence and the possibility of designing and leading projects and those who want to make a difference within underprivileged communities in a developing nation in Africa. Outside of the internship and coursework, students will visit sites of historical and contemporary significance, including a visit to Nelson Mandela's jail cell on Robben Island, tour a 17th century wine farm, learn about the colonization of the Cape and have an opportunity to learn how to cook traditional Cape Town curries while gaining an appreciation for the cultural diversity of South Africa. This internship program is for the serious-minded student with an adventurous heart and a social conscience who wants something a little different than the typical study abroad experience.
- Experience the rich and multifaceted culture of Cape Town, South Africa.
- Work with non-profit organizations to improve their services and outreach in the community.
- Gain professional skills and work experience through internship placement.
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This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, but priority for admission into the program will be given to upperclassmen. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in EXP 396: Experiential Education (3 credit hours) and A&S 300: Special Course: Culture of Transformation in South Africa (3 credit hours)
- Note: EXP 396 requires a learning contract which should be completed prior to leaving the U.S. Please contact the EA Advisor for this program for more information.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in furnished, self-catering flats near downtown Cape Town. Housing will be within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and scenic local attractions. Students will be responsible for all meals on their own with the exception of a few group meals.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.