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  • Locations: Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Winter Intersession
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Required: 2.8 Housing Options: Apartment, Hostel, Hotel
Program Term: Winter Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: RWU Areas of Study: Biology
Program Location: South Africa Global Engagement Opportunities: Research
Program Description:
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Program Description

The course is designed to educate students in the role of maintaining biodiversity and use of conservation practices that will have ramifications throughout the society.  South Africa is a wonderful laboratory to study this, as this is an emerging nation.  It has just been over twenty years since apartheid and the country is moving forward to incorporate environmental concerns into a society that is shifting and trying to develop new societal and cultural norms.  As students travel through the country, they will begin to see the role of biodiversity and conservation in the society and its role for change.
We will study the role of biodiversity and conservation different vegetation regions and associated animal populations found in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.   Students will learn about the biodiversity and conservation practices found in the Eastern Cape. Students will also visit a number of South African National Parks and nature reserves. Students will also observe restoration of field sites and observe sustainable agriculture practices.  Students will have lectures and discussions regarding conservation and biodiversity practices in relation to cultural practices in South Africa.

Program Capacity: 8
Required Credits: 3


Open to Juniors

  • 1 year Bio & 1 year Chem OR Consent of Instructor
  • Good academic and judicial standing
Application Deadline: October 1st

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Academic Details

Courses Offered:

  • TBD: Research in South Africa-This is a research field course to study Spekboom Thicket community found in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  There are several on-going research projects that students will be able to participate on, both in the field and lab, and in addition perform their own short term project.  Student will learn about the biodiversity found in the Eastern Cape. Students will also learn field techniques and learn to use field equipment. Students will also visit a number of South African National Parks.


Student Accommodations will consist of National Park Rooms located in traveled areas

Program Dates

January 3, 2020 - January 21, 2020

Financial Details

Program Fee: $3,893
  • Includes Tuition, Lodging, National Park Fees & all Meals
  • Does not include airfare

Payment Deadlines:
October 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
November 30: Remaining Balance

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Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below.  Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.

The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit 

The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)

More Information

Faculty Leader:
Professor Lonnie Gurlanick, Biology
Office: MNS 234

Health & Safety Abroad:
Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to South Africa. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.

All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.