Quick Info

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : African Studies, Business, Education, History, Political Science
  • : May 6, 2017 - June 11, 2017
  • : In-State: $5,999; Out-of-State: $6,199
  • : Friday January 20, 2017
  • : 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 choose 2 courses from the following list of three course options.;Courses may count towards 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 1687 Fulfills the Historical Change Gen Ed Requirement

For Pitt Business Students:

  • IL 2277 Fulfills the Philosophy gen. ed. requirement
  • HIST 1687 Fulfills a Social Science gen. ed. requirement
  • BUS 1755 Fulfills a Social Science gen. ed., the Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship elective, and the Certificate in Leadership and Ethics functional elective

This course will focus on the increasing engagement of the United States in Africa from the late 19th century up until now. Using a case study approach, students will analyze American foreign policy in Africa and explore the varied effects of those policies. These case studies will include the political realities of decolonization, the Cold War, and economic aid and the social and cultural ties of African Americans to Africa. Given its surroundings, the course will spend a fair amount of time considering the U.S.-South Africa relationship. The course will identify specific crises in American and African history as focal points for study, but will also provide a larger narrative about American involvement in both the colonial and post-colonial development of 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.

For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement, a social sciences requirement, an elective towards the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the functional elective towards the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics.

This course explores service learning as a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. When service-learning is effectively implemented, students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership competence. There are several components of the service learning (SL) approach:

  • SL uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
  • Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, society, and the future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
  • SL identifies in advance and tracks specific learning objectives and goals.
  • Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to a community, organization or other stakeholder group.
  • SL enhances student learning by joining theory with experience and thought with action; it also helps students to see the relevance of academic subject to the real world.
  • SL also builds leadership competence through practice, reflection and active engagement.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

John C. Stoner will serve as on-site faculty director for Pitt in South Africa. Professor Stoner is an undergraduate advisor and a lecturer in the History department at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his PhD in History from Columbia University. His research focuses on U.S. political, social, labor history (20th century), U.S. and the world, sub-Saharan African labor, political history, comparative history, and transnational history.

Michael 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.



Students will stay in shared apartments with access to kitchen facilities.


Pricing And Dates

Summer 2017

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,999 $6,199
Arrive in Cape Town Depart Cape Town
May 6, 2017 June 11, 2017

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


Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for 6-7 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

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 (~2000)
  • 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


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

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.

Walk-In Advising Hours:
MWF 2-4 PM