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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Course Description

GBL 230 IS   THE CALL OF SOUTH AFRICA   4 S.H.

The Call of South Africa is an interdisciplinary course with an exciting, and rigorous itinerary that allows students to think about the role of literature and the arts in a democracy as they study comparatively the anti-apartheid struggles of South Africa and the United States. Students will come to know intimately the contradictions of a land that is a cultural, spiritual, and political symbol of hope and freedom for people everywhere. It is easy to be seduced by South Africa’s breathtaking beauty, but beneath lies a long history of racial oppression and apartheid against which the enduring and resilient spirit of her people continue to rage. The world watches and hopes for South Africa’s ability to forge “the rainbow nation” of Nelson Mandela’s dreams. The Call of South Africa is a service-learning program that provides interaction with community partners guided by the expertise of professors and community-based practitioners, working together with students to address community needs. Students will prepare for their exciting experiences by studying some of the issues the community faces, participate in service activities that are reciprocally beneficial to the communities and the students, and engage in projects devoted to the public good. This course is an approved service-learning course.

Prerequisites: ENG 110 and GBL 230. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Literature or Society requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts toward minors in African and African-American Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Housing

Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Tentative Itinerary

  • Ascend Table Mountain & Signal Hill
  • Bargain at some of South Africa's markets
  • Conduct research related to a subject of your choosing
  • Explore museums
  • Interact with extraordinary South Africans
  • Learn about South African industries
  • Learn about South Africa's historic peoples
  • Participate in a short work immersion experience
  • Savor the flavor of township life
  • Safari through a South African national park or Game Reserve
  • Tour Cape Town & Cape Point
  • Visit Nelson Mandela's cell and tour Robben Island 
  • Discover "the call of South Africa," an experience of a lifetime

This course will consist of some moderate hiking, daily class meetings and group activities, including visits to  marketplaces and museums. January is summertime in South Africa, so the weather should be mild.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities, weather, and scheduling issues.


Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 4, 2017:  Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs.  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.

Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.


Pre-departure Course: GBL 130 

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information 

The fall pre-departure course will take place on Thursdays (beginning September 7, 2017) from 8-9:40 A.M., location to be announced


Cancellation Policy

To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • September 15 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at bursar@elon.edu or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Additional Links

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email--they are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


For More Information

Program Leader 1: Prudence Layne
Department of English
CB 2338, Alamance 305D
336.278.5618
playne@elon.edu

Program Leader 2: Bernard Curry
Departments of Sociology and Anthropology
CB 2035, Lindner 209B
336.278.6444
curryb@elon.edu

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)
global@elon.edu

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Testimonial:
That a successful and happy life doesn't need to be defined by how many materials one has. I learned how much I enjoy service and the impact it can leave on your life.
     — Matthew Bedard, Winter 2014
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 03/16/2017
03/28/2017 01/02/2018 01/26/2018
NOTE:
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.


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