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Stellenbosch, South Africa Summer Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.8. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. 

Courses & UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

The academic programs consist of lectures, group discussions and field trips.  They are taught by Stellenbosch University faculty and other South African experts. 

Courses for summer 2018 will be available in late October. Historically, courses have not changed dramatically from one summer to the next. 

UWEC students can choose from one of the three course options to take during the summer school program. The UWEC equivalencies from summer 2017 are listed below. Course descriptions and outlines for each course are available on the Stellenbosch University website.

Option 1: General Elective Programme: 
The lectures cover a variety of topics, including History, Politics, Economics, Philosophy, Art, Literature, Marketing, Geo- and Bio Diversity and Sociology. 

The term is divided into 3 blocks. During each block, students take one class. During the first block all students take the mandatory Introduction to South Africa's Political History. In the next blocks students can choose two classes from a list of possible electives. Students take three classes for a total of six U.S. credits. Each class is worth 2 U.S. credits.

Required Course: Introduction to South Africa's Political History = GE 3 upper division elective or LE-K2R2
Note: If you would like the course to count as a History or Political Science elective, you will need to talk with department chair when you are back to have the "Elective" changed to Pols or Hist prefix. You will also need to request that appropriate chair designate that the course as fulfilling foreign culture.)

Elective Classes: You can choose two classes for the rest of the program. (IMPORTANT: A minimum of 5 students must register for a course before it can be offered):
  • Bio-Diversity: Plants for the People of the Western Cape = BIOL upper division elective, GE 2  or LE-K1
  • Visual Controversies in South Africa, Past and Present = CJ upper division elective
  • Challenges For Democratic Consolidation = POLS upper division elective
  • Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication = CJ 301
  • Growth, Unemployment and Inequality in South Africa: Past and Future Challenges = ECON upper division elective, GE 3 or LE-K2
  • Marketing = MKTG 330
  • Present Imperfect: Negotiating Identities in Literature and Film = ENGL 330
  • HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective = SW upper division elective
  • Ethics, Science and Culture in Philosophical Perspective = PHIL 291
  • China in Africa = POLS Elective Upper Division
Option 2: Doing Business in Southern Africa
This course aims to help students investigate the unique institutional and policy conditions in Southern African countries which will not only allow future entrepreneurs and managers to understand the challenges that will confront their businesses, but also allow them to identify the opportunities that this rapidly growing region offers. Note: Business studies background is recommended, although not a requirement

The classes you will take are:
  • Introduction to South Africa's Political History (2 USA credits) = GE 3 upper division elective, or LE-K2R2
  • Doing Business in Southern Africa (5 USA credits) = BSAD upper division elective
Option 3: Public Health
This course introduces students to the health care system in South Africa and takes a thematic approach. The course includes an experiential component that introduces students to health care facilities in the Western Cape Province.

The classes you will take are:
  • Introduction to South Africa's Political History (2 USA credits) = GE 3 upper division elective, or LE-K2R2
  • Public Health (5 USA credits) = ENPH upper division elective

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, three credits of Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

The program typically runs mid-June to mid-July. You will receive the exact dates the semester prior to departure.