Quick Info

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : African Studies, Business, Education, History, Political Science
  • : May 5, 2018 - June 9, 2018
  • : In-State: $5,299; Out-of-State: $5,499
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Open to Non-Pitt Students, Open to students from all campuses and departments


Students will enroll in the following two courses. Both courses may count towards the UCIS African Studies certificate.

Need to fulfill a general education requirement? We've got courses for that! Take a look below:

For Arts and Sciences Students:

  • HIST 1722 Fulfills the Historical Change Gen Ed Requirement
  • Fulfills 4 International Foreign Culture requirements including the non-western requirement

For Pitt Business Students:

  • IL 2277 Fulfills the Philosophy gen. ed. requirement
  • HIST 1722 Fulfills a Social Science gen. ed. requirement

Apartheid South Africa captured the international imagination during the second half of the twentieth century as a so-called “pariah” state.  This course connects events from earlier South African history (economic development, military conquest, popular protest, and state formation) with how things played out during and after the apartheid years.  The course will be organized chronologically (but in reverse) and use specific conflicts (strikes, political demonstrations, repression, etc.) to focus on key moments in South African history. It will utilize a large number of primary materials (ranging from manifestos to novels to film) as well as secondary readings from books and articles to generate discussion.  This will further an understanding of the roots of conflict and the creation of identity in modern South Africa.

Fulfills the Philosophy gen. ed. requirement for Pitt Business students. Please note, this course does not fulfill the Philosophy requirement for students in any other school, including Arts and Sciences.

This course, held on the campus of the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, explores and compares the 20th century human/civil rights-related histories of the United States and South Africa, and examines implications these histories have had on the education systems (particularly in a context of social studies) of each country. In their comparative survey of historical, social, and educational contexts, instructors will place special emphases on the philosophies, work, and legacies of key historical individuals including Mohandas K. Gandhi, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, among others. Study will incorporate a critical analysis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), lectures by noted historical experts, visits to sites of historical significance, visits to schools and other learning environments, and group discussions of relevant texts and experiences.

Students will receive an extra credit for their 1-week in Johannesburg to start the program. Grades will be based mostly on presentations and research into the sites visited on excursions). The course will bring together elements from both of the other classes.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

John C. Stoner will serve as on-site faculty co-director. Professor Stoner is Director of Undergraduate Studies and an advisor in the History Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. His research focuses on broader U.S. foreign policy and, in particular, the projection of American power onto Africa during the Cold War and the ways in which various African states (and groups) responded. He will be the instructor for HIST 1722.

Michael Lovorn: will be the on-site faculty co-director. Professor Lovorn is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Pitt Department of Instruction and Learning. He earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Social Studies Education from the University of Tennessee in 2003. His research interests include best practices in history and social studies, historiographical analysis, and humor in the classroom. Michael will serve as on-site instructor for the Comparative and Global Perspectives on Education course.



Housing in Johannesburg will be at a bed & breakfast in the Melville area. Housing in Cape Town will be at a hotel neart the V & A Waterfront area. Students will live with another Pitt student. Each room has a small kitchenette.   


Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,299 $5,499
Arrive in Cape Town Depart Cape Town
May 5, 2018 June 9, 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your South Africa program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 7 credits
  • Accommodations for the duration of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Class related site visits to District 6, Bo-Kaap, Castle of Good Hope and Robben Island
  • Airfare from Johannesburg to Cape Town

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Roundtrip international airfare (~1500-1700)
  • Passport application fees
  • Meals and personal expenses (~1200)
  • Optional excursions

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • There is no language requirement for this program.  Classes are taught in English


Get Ready! Applications open August 28!  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.