SIT Study Abroad: South Africa - Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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Examine historical and contemporary multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in South Africa.South Africa has made legislative strides in righting the wrongs of apartheid, but significant challenges remain. Historically, colonial and apartheid ra... read more

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Not only did I learn a lot about the history of colonialism in South Africa, but I also learned so much about myself. I feel much more confident in who I am now and that was entirely shaped by the conversations I had with the people there. They all offered me so much insight and clarity on my personal path. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about race and was forced to consider how my actions contribute to racism and white privilege. This was extremely valuable and I got more comfortable with my opinions and speaking about race. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I made some lasting connections and learned a lot about a world that isn't always talked about. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
Past Review Culture Exchange
I learned a lot about different cultures in South Africa and learned how to be more flexible with change. - Bates College View Entire Review
I became more assertive and grounded in my abilities and intuition. I learned how healthy friendships and networking is to be maintained and what it take to make them flourish and long lasting. - Spelman College View Entire Review
My experience abroad was absolutely worthwhile. The multidisciplinary approach to learning enabled me to critically examine interconnectedness, particularly concentrating on the shape-shifting omnipresence of white supremacy. My learning was also deeply rooted in relationship building, with folks on and off the program. I feel a... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that the people in your program will make the trip. Try your best to make friends within your program. These are people that you will see 75%-80% of the time so make an effort to get along with them. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a deeper understanding to how interconnected the world is and how powerful the United States is in influencing the well-being of other nations. I found myself in situations where South Africans were displaying all they knew about America's society, culture and values and I could not reciprocate this knowledge about thei... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained so much - I made deep connections with my host families, learned so much about South Africa and its history, I learned the importance of patience and flexibility, taking things one step at a time, and the power and importance of human connection - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
I became more confident, more self and globally aware, empathetic towards others, mature, strong, adventurous, curious about others' lives, and I developed a serious love for traveling and teaching children in less privileged areas. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned so much, not from classes and lectures, but from living in and experiencing South Africa. Living with host families did a lot for my understanding of the various cultures of South Africa. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned an incredible amount about South Africa and got to see a fair amount of the country. Doing my ISP research made me feel independent and confident in my interviewing skills. I made great relationships with my host families and other SIT kids - Tufts University View Entire Review
YES! it was amazing and I would love to go back as soon as possible - Tufts University View Entire Review
I learned how to feel comfortable being uncomfortable and how to work with people who have different backgrounds. I also learned ways to immerse myself in a culture. - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how to advocate for myself. I had a few issues with the program that I had to learn how to cope with and alter on my own or with my classmates. I appreciated greatly the opportunities this program presented that allowed me to actually explore and learn on my own and so I fee like I personally rea... - Bucknell University View Entire Review
Past Review Great Time!
It was worthwhile! - Hamilton College View Entire Review
I learned about myself in a new environment. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Of course it was worthwhile. I think in particular I gained access to new, transformative, and creative research processes. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a ton from my experience abroad. I learned a ton about South Africa, and this helped me to think about the U.S. in a different way. I learned that I can go through difficult situations without my usual support systems and still make it through. I gained independence, confidence in my abilities, more knowledge about the... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned about South Africa's histories of colonialism, apartheid, and the liberation struggle. I had difficult, complex conversations about race, identity, privilege, and history with the other American students on the program. I reflected on current events in Cape Town and South Africa, and related them back to the United Sta... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I loved Cape Town. I learned a lot about issues of race and racism in the transnational perspective. I loved my homestay families, and I had a lot of amazing experiences. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a deeper understanding of 'post'-apartheid South Africa. I learned about the intricacies of operating a multicultural nation - its challenges, complications, etc. I learned about local cultures and their complications with representation in a multicultural state. It was definitely worthwhile. I wouldn't have wanted ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
I learned many lessons, many from experiences that are thus hard to put into words. I learned about South African history, politics, human rights, identity formation, and other topics, as well as about human connection. It was one of the most worthwhile experiences I've had. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I gained love and knowledge and real-life and academic experience I would not trade for anything. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely. I absolutely loved it. It made me more interested in conducting field research. - Austin College View Entire Review

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Examine historical and contemporary multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in South Africa.

South Africa has made legislative strides in righting the wrongs of apartheid, but significant challenges remain. Historically, colonial and apartheid racial discrimination policies categorized people according to race, including Bantu (Black), Coloured (those who were not categorized as Bantu or white) and the minority white. Law created a racial hierarchy with white people at the top of the pyramid, and diminishing rights, access and “human-ness” moving down the hierarchy, which placed Coloured people as a buffer between those categorized as white and black. The cleavages of this legacy remain evident in the lived realities of South Africans.


Starting from your base in Cape Town, you’ll learn how race relations continue to be shaped by a range of contested histories, politics, resistance, activism, and the deployment of rights-based rhetoric. Journey to key sites such as the Steve Biko Centre, where you will study the Black Consciousness Movement, and Robben Island, the prison that held the late South African President Nelson Mandela. You will experience South Africa through the eyes of diverse homestay families in city and rural locations.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

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April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

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The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.

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