This program is designed to provide participants with first-hand experience of the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa, as well as an experience of the prevention and awareness efforts currently underway by various stakeholders.
July 8 - August 7, 2015
Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to graduate students. Upper-level undergraduate students with relevant interest or experience will be considered. Successful participants must have an interest in HIV/AIDS or experience researching/working in HIV/AIDS-related areas. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 is required.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. Students who apply early have a better chance as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.
Students will live in NMMU approved apartments in Port Elizabeth. The apartments offer access to restaurants, laundry services, shops, public transport, and the beach. All units are fully furnished two bedroom apartments with a shared kitchenette, shared bathrooms, and an open living area. Students will be required to purchase their own electricity and internet access and usage, which is standard in South Africa. Security services operate overnight and there are cleaning services twice weekly.
Courses and credits
Graduate students will enroll in 9 credit hours, selecting from the following courses:
EDCE 6910 Field Experience in Counseling
EDCE 6930 Readings & Research
INST 6930 Independent Studies
Undergraduate students will enroll in 9 credit hours, selecting from the following courses:
EDAD 4200 Comparative Cultures and Education
INST 1100 Modern Africa
INST 2100 Africa’s Children
Students will participate in the following:
*excursions are subject to change.
Additional Information on South Africa
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. Travelers are advised to have two blank pages to enter South Africa.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Yegan Pillay
Office of Education Abroad
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840