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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
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Course Description

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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.

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.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 130

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 will meet on Thursday, April 5 from 4:15 - 5:15 in Mooney 210.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Thursdays from 8:00-09:40 AM. Location TBA.


Additional Prerequisite Course


Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.


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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.

Cancellation Policy


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


The tentative dates for the program are TBD.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



Call to South Africa
  • 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 and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in 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.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

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!


Program Leader 1: Prudence Layne
Department of English
CB 2338, Alamance 305D

Program Leader 2: Rodney Parks
University Registrar, Assistant to the Provost, and Assistant Professor
CB 2106, Alamance 102

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)



Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

This program has made me more aware of some of the poverty in our world and allowed me to experience it first hand in a way that no classroom could allow. It has truly made more more appreciative of each blessing I have.
     — Zachary Strohmeyer, Winter 2015
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.