OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

South Africa

SAS: Semester At Sea

Program Administrator: 
Semester at Sea
Country: 
Multiple Countries
Host Institution: 

Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.

Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.

Location: 

Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US and International Students
Housing: 
Other
Requirement: 

Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for more information.
See the SAS video to learn more about the program.

Program Costs: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for program cost details
$350 per term OSU Education Abroad Administration Fee

Academic emphasis: 
American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Visual Arts
Art
Biology
Business Admin.
Civil Eng.
Earth Science
Economics
English
Environ. Science
Ethnic Studies
Fisheries & Wildlife
General Science
Geography
History
Housing Studies
Interior Design
Int'l Business
Liberal Studies
Management
Marketing
Music
Natural Resources
New Media Comm.
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Health
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Speech Comm.
Women Studies

CIEE: South Africa, Stellenbosch University

Program Administrator: 
CIEE
Country: 
South Africa
Host Institution: 
Location: 

The Jonkershoek Valley is surrounded by mountain scenery and is just 25 miles from ocean beaches. Stellenbosch sits in this valley, a university town in the Winelands district.

Duration: 
Winter/Spring Semester
Summer/Fall Semester
Language: 
English
Language: 
Xhosa
Class Format: 
Classes with US and Host-Country Students
Housing: 
Residence Hall
Other
Requirement: 

Minimum 3.0 GPA. College-level coursework in geography, ecology, environmental studies, sustainability, community development, or other related disciplines is recommended. Junior standing and above.

Xhosa and Afrikaans are not required, but will be offered courses in the program.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Contact: 
Program Details: 

Visit the CIEE website

Program Costs: 
Academic emphasis: 
Biology
Earth Science
Economics
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Ethnic Studies
Forestry
General Science
History
Natural Resources
Political Science

CIEE: South Africa, University of Cape Town

Program Administrator: 
CIEE
Country: 
South Africa
Host Institution: 

University of Cape Town

Location: 

Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multi-cultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countires in transition: how to successfully operate within a global economy while at the same time grappling with the vast socio-economic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past. CIEE offers three programs: Summer Community Development and Social Justice: Theory & Practice, Arts & Sciences and Service Learning.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Summer
Summer/Fall Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US and International Students
Housing: 
Residence Hall
Host Family
Apartment
Requirement: 

Minimum 3.0 GPA. Junior standing and above. Coursework in African studies recommended. Volunteer experience.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Contact: 
Program Details: 

Visit the CIEE website for more details.

Click here for a presentation from an OSU student that participated in this program.

Academic emphasis: 
Accountancy
Anthropology
Art
Biology
Botany
Chemical Eng.
Chemistry
Civil Eng.
Computer Sci.
Con. Eng. Mgt
Earth Science
Ecological Eng.
Economics
Elec. & Comp. Eng.
English
Ethnic Studies
Geology
History
Interior Design
Mechanical Eng.
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women Studies

SIT: South Africa, Durban

Program Administrator: 
SIT
Country: 
South Africa
Host Institution: 

School for International Training Study Center

Location: 

The Eastern Cape is the program base and offers urban, university, and community settings in which to study. Durban, South Africa's second largest city, is located on the Indian Ocean in an area known for its coastal beauty. A fusion of African, Western, and Eastern Cultures; Duban is home to, among others, the proud Zulu nation, the descendants of British settlers, and the decendants of indentured Indian laborers.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Varies
Requirement: 

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Contact: 
Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Geography
History
Political Science
Pre-Pharmacy
Public Health
Sociology
Women Studies

SIT: South Africa, Cape Town (Multiculturalism and Human Rights)

Program Administrator: 
SIT
Country: 
South Africa
Host Institution: 

School for International Training Study Center in Cape Town, South Africa

Location: 

South Africa is truly a multicultural society with 11 national languages and many additional recognized ethnic groups. The program base is in Cape Town, which is heralded as the most picturesque city in the world with panoramas of mountains and oceans and near perfect climate.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Language: 
English
Language: 
Xhosa
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Varies
Requirement: 

Minimum 2.5 GPA. Xhosa or Afrikaans are not required, but courses in both will be taken abroad.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Contact: 
Program Details: 
Program Costs: 
Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Geography
History
Liberal Studies
Political Science
Sociology