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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Grahamstown, South Africa; Plettenburg Bay, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Fall
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: English, Global Development, Reconciliation, Travel Writing
Program Type: Study Abroad Internship: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hostel/Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Number of Credits: 8
Service Learning: Yes
Program Description:

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South African Literature and Theatre
Winter Global Seminar (December 2020)

Program Overview

This three-week program immerses students in South African culture, history, literature, film, and theatre. Students will earn eight credits during this experiential form of learning with opportunities to visit a children's home, meet with locals and talk about life during Apartheid and the changes in the new democracy.  We will visit the museums of Cape Town and attend a writer's festival, with guest speakers and visits to local communities. This experience will include travel across the country to hike to the tip of South Africa, visit the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, wander in the African crafts market, and lastly, ride in jeeps on safari in Aquila Game Reserve.

Here are some highlights of South Africa Study Abroad program:

  • Homestay in Gugulethu
  • Visit to Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela's cell
  • Go on safari to see lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, and other animals in their natural habitat
  • National Arts Festival: 2,000 performances—theater, art, film, music
  • Shopping in the International Markets of Grahamstown
  • Visit to District 6 and the Slave Museum to learn the history of this area
  • Excursion to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town
  • Sit in the sand at the tip of Cape Point
  • Drive along the Garden Route, a beautiful stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa

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Students participating on this program will earn 8 fall quarter credits upon successful completion of the program*. 

ENG 3382: South African Theatre and Literature (5 credits)
Introduces students to the literature and culture of South Africa. Examines the work or a variety of authors and playwrights. Requires original research based on viewing performances in South Africa. 
Attributes: Ways of Engaging, Arts and Humanities B, Upper-Division 

ENG 4953: Travel Writing (3 credits)
Offers an intensive writing experience in a small workshop setting. Genres, themes, and locations vary. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits. Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course 

*Credits earned in South Africa are part of fall quarter.  The combined 8 credits abroad + 10 credits on campus will reach the normal full time tuition rate.


This program is scheduled to run in 2020. Exact days have not been determined.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart Seattle for Cape Town on group flight
Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa. Orientation and welcome dinner
Day 3: Class time in morning, visit to Holocaust Museum and National Art Museum
Day 4: Cape Point excursion
Day 5: Homestay in Gugulethu
Day 6: Homestay in Gugulethu
Day 7: Visit to Table Mountain and District 6 Museum
Day 8,9: Linawo Children's Home
Day 10:  Class time in morning with guest speaker
Day 11:  Travel to Aquila Game Reserve for safari
Day 12:  Visit to Robben Island
Day 13:  Travel to Plettenberg Bay
Day 14:  Class and group video project
Day 15:  Morning Kysna, Travel to Grahamstown
Day 16:  Grahamstown Theatre Festival
Day 17:  Exam, Grahamstown Xhosa Church Service
Day 18:  Guest Speaker
Day 19:  Free Day
Day 21: Travel to Plettenberg Bay
Day 22: Travel to Cape Town Airport for late evening flight

Housing and meals

Students will be housed in shared rooms at centrally located hostels and dorms for the duration of the program. Some accommodations are equipped with Wi-fi in designated areas of the building, where others may have ADSI cable connections. Wi-fi access is not guaranteed in all accommodations.

Daily breakfast will be included at each accommodation. Some group meals are included, but students should plan for most of their own meal expenses. We estimate that you should budget for approximately $150 per week for meals. There will be plenty of affordable restaurant options, as well as markets where inexpensive meals can be purchased.  




Estimated Program Costs
Estimated Program Fee:  Credits:

Program fee includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare to Cape Town, South Africa
  • All ground transportation in-country
  • Housing and daily breakfast
  • Some group meals
  • Safari
  • Group activities and excursions and all associated entrance fees
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program

Not included in program fee:
  • Tuition (8 credits) is included in regular fall tuition
  • Personal spending money (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
  • Trip interruption/cancellation insurance - cost varies
  • Most meals - (approx. $450)

The South Africa Summer Program may be eligible for some financial aid, including state and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying.

Booking Flights

Participants on this program will be traveling on a group flight from Seattle to Cape Town, South Africa. If you wish to return to a city other than Seattle, it may be possible to arrange a different flight home. Individual return flights are dependent on availability and cannot be guaranteed. If we are able to change your flight, a $50 change fee and any additional airfare cost will be applied to your student account. It is important to note that once we purchase your flight, the fares are non-refundable and you will be responsible for costs incurred on your behalf according to the terms of the Study Away Financial Contract.

Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to complete a flight information form and we will begin to book flights. You MUST have a valid passport for flight bookings, so if you do not already have a passport, please apply now!




Kimberly Segall
Professor of English; Co-Director of Social Justice & Cultural Studies;
Director of the South Africa and Spain/Morocco Study Abroad Programs
Phone: 206-281-2040
Office: Marston 234

Kimberly W. Segall, associate professor of English, is the faculty director of the South Africa Summer Program, which began in 2003. Dr. Segall received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, specializing in South African cultural studies. Awarded a research fellowship, she lived in Cape Town, South Africa from 1999–2000, and directed a testimonial theatre production called “Khumbulani / Remembrance,” working with 14 Xhosa participants, who were former political prisoners under apartheid.

Dr. Segall’s research on South African literature has been published in several different venues and in a book titled Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa (Syracuse University Press). She teaches African literature and postcolonial studies courses at SPU. To date, she has led this study program four times.

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office


This program is currently not accepting applications.