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Change in Modern South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa (3 weeks)

Livingstone, Zambia (2 weeks)


Professor Ivan Evans
Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., June 29, 2018
Arrival: Sun., July 1, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 2, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., July 2, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Fri., Aug. 3, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) before 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 1 in order to take advantage of airport pick up and a flight that departs from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) after 6:00pm on Friday, August 3 since you are scheduled to be arriving back in Cape Town from Zambia at 1:30pm on August 3. Students who arrive outside of these suggested times will be responsible for paying their own expenses for transportation and housing.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the  the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Wednesday, January 10, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409
  • Wednesday, February 14  5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409

Why you should go

Why? Because it’s a two-for-one program that offers contrasting but authentic African experiences! Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, Cape Town became and remains one of the most popular tourist cities in the world. The city is famed for its natural beauty, a distinctively relaxed cosmopolitan milieu, and the storied role it played in the decades-long struggle against Apartheid. The Global Seminar offers an ideal environment for students to combine a deep acquaintance with South African history with a well-structured sojourn into the cultural life of a sophisticated African city.  Post-Apartheid policies have steadily chipped away at the legacies of the past, replacing the divisive core of Apartheid with a communal ethos that heralds a broad, inclusive nationalism. At the same time, the deeply-engrained urban legacies of Apartheid are everywhere apparent in this bustling city. For three weeks, the Global Seminar therefore presents the city as a living embodiment of complex post-Apartheid South Africa.

Much poorer and less developed than South Africa, Zambia—a two-hour flight from Cape Town-- will be a different and mostly rural experience. Based close to the easy-going town of Livingstone, students will have easy access to Mosi-Oa-Tunya (“The smoke that thunders”)-- the famous Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. For two weeks, students will participate in an experiential learning environmental program as part of a four-credit course, planting hundreds of trees in nearby regions where forests are thinning. Students will participate in music and dance workshops, go on safari and reside in an upscale game lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Just 8 miles from Victoria Falls, Livingstone offers a range of affordable restaurants, museums and other markers that chronicle the country’s colonial and post-colonial history.

Meet the professor

Prof. Ivan EvansIvan Evans is a professor in the Department of Sociology at UC San Diego and provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College College. He is a native South African and graduate of University of the Western Cape, as well as University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of specialization include African studies, with special emphasis on South Africa, race and ethnicity, and social movements. He received the Eleanor Roosevelt College teaching award two years in a row.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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