South Africa

June 25, 2018 —July 15, 2018
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Musical tradition and social justice intertwine in South Africa's struggle to end apartheid. Today, that musical heritage still rings true as the country comes to terms with the past and moves toward a future in which South Africa's people and natural wonders draw learners from around the world. The program starts in the ultra-modern district of Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. Students start connecting South Africa's past with the present by visiting the Origins Museum at the University of the Witwatersrand, which gives depth to the cultural and historical heritage and origin of all human beings, particularly through its exhibit on the San Bushmen. A visit to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill in Jo-burg bring to life the more recent South African past, while a visit to Soweto, including a stop at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the Nelson Mandela House, convey the seamless interfacing of the past and present.

A flight will take participants from Jo-burg to the oceanfront town of Port Elizabeth. Here students will experience the struggles of regional townships within a modern city, which continually strives to balance beach tourism with the memory of its rich cultural history. The strong academic tradition of South Africa can be experienced at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (enrollment 30,000 and located on a nature reserve) where students will receive part of their instruction.

Next, students will have a chance to explore Africa's largest National Arts Festival in nearby historic Grahamstown, a small university town with a relaxed feel. Of course, no South Africa experience is complete without guided safaris/games drives for all participants —often coming within a few feet of wild animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and monkeys. A picturesque, adventuresome drive on the world renowned "Garden Route" along the Pacific and Indian Oceans will take participants from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape with the vibrant and dynamic city of Cape Town. A climb or cable car ride to “Table Top Mountain” with its breathtaking views, and a ferry to historic Robben Island will conclude this high-impact, educational journey through the history and landscape of South Africa.

Program includes round-trip air transportation from designated US cities to destination and ground transportation to the program sites. No independent air travel is permitted due to program schedule. The US cities will be stated on CCSA web site by the end of September 2017.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Group or Individual Travel Allowed

Option One - Group Travel

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.

Option Two - Individual Travel

If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.

Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).

Check the CCSA website at for your scheduled date/time check-in.

* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
June 25, 2018 —July 15, 2018

Base Price

Estimated Airfare
$2,199 - $2,499
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
February 23, 2018
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Music / History / Sociology

South African Jazz: Music, Culture, & Social Justice
Course Description: The study of South African jazz not only exposes the stunning rhythms, sounds, and musical practices of the country, it also reveals the rich complexity of its people, culture, history, and struggles for social justice. We will explore this correlation by attending concerts, visiting museums, and touring historical sites in the bustling cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. Don't be surprised to see giraffes or zebras in the reserves bordering the highways —or even a vervet monkey sprint across the road—as we drive to Grahamstown for the South Africa National Arts Festival, the biggest celebration of arts on the African continent! Students majoring in music, history, sociology, Pan-African studies and cultural studies will experience how music reflects life in South Africa! From Johannesburg to Soweto or Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown and Cape Town, students will delve into South Africa's musical heritage and meet people keeping the traditions alive and strong.
Prof. David Clark | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Sociology / Interdisciplinary

Music, Youth Resistance, and Social Change in South Africa
Course Description: This course explores how music can impact social change. Analyzing the sultry sounds of jazz, the dynamic energy of hip-hop, and the prolific music of South Africa, we will examine the reach and influence of these and other musical genres on resistance among youth in South Africa and reflect on how anti-apartheid leaders used music in the their liberation struggle. We will focus on recent student protests against mounting costs of higher education and will interview musicians involved in resistance movements at such sites as the National Arts Festival and other spaces promoting and reflecting on social change.
Prerequisite: Students who take the course for Sociology credit should have taken an introductory level Sociology course.
Dr. Angela Scharfenberger | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
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