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Change in Modern South Africa & Zambia

Please Note

This program is still in the planning stages and may not be offered in summer 2023. Contact the Global Seminars coordinators for more information.



Ivan Evans 

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.



This is 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.

Courses may fulfill MMW major and minor requirements. Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • TBD
  • Register here (link coming soon) for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Fri., June 30 or Sat., July 1, 2023
Arrival: Sun., July 2, 2023
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 3, 2023
First Day of Class: Mon., July 3, 2023
Last Day of Class: Thurs., August 3, 2023
Departure for US: Sat., August 5, 2023


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • Consider purchasing carbon offsets for your flight through your airline.
  • You must take a flight that arrives at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) on Sunday, July 2, and connects to a domestic flight from Johannesburg to George Airport (GRJ) that arrives in George by lunchtime in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive outside of these suggested times will be responsible for paying their own expenses for transportation and housing.
  • For the return to the United States, book a flight that departs Johannesburg International Airport on Saturday, August 5, after 7:30 pm, since you will be traveling from Zambia back to South Africa earlier in the day.
  • For the Johannesburg to George flight, you may consider booking directly with Mango Airlines.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information.