Global Affairs

South Africa: Educational and Social Reform

Examine South Africa’s post-apartheid social and educational reforms. Through visits to schools, universities, and communities in rural and urban settings, you’ll learn from people who are grappling with reform issues on a daily basis, explore the country’s diverse cultures, and gain an understanding of the challenges faced by its leaders and policy makers. Researchers, government officials, and other experts will share their own experiences in lectures and discussions.


Cape Town and Tshwane (formerly Pretoria), South Africa

Program Dates:

July 7 - August 5, 2016 

The program will begin in Cape Town and conclude in Pretoria

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Sunday, December 8, 2015

Round 2: Sunday, February 9, 2016

Round 3: Sunday, March 22, 2016

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Higher Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • International Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for 2 of the courses listed below for a total of 6 points.  All students register for AMLT-GE2073, and students may choose between AMLT-GE 2063 or HPSE-GE 2121.  Students should consult with their academic advisor for approval. 

AMLT-GE 2073 Section 099 (Class Number: TBA) - International Perspectives: Education and Social Reform in South Africa (3 points).

AMLT-GE 2063 Section 099 (Class Number: TBA) - Field-Based Project on South Africa's Reforms (3 points).

Builds on the lectures, site visits and readings of AMLT-GE-2073 and provides students with an opportunity to study a topic of interest relevant to social transformation and educational reform in South Africa. The first part covers the practical side of identifying appropriate study topics and sites for their projects. The second part is the actual field based project when students work with/meet/interview those in the setting, culminating in a formal paper on their experiences and what they have learned. 


HPSE-GE 2121 Higher Education Studies, Administrative Work and Field Experiences

Individually designed internship program to meet special needs of doctoral candidates. Experiences may combine supervised work assignments at metropolitan universities, colleges, or community colleges with research studies to be completed in connection with such work responsibilities.

Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology

2013 Sample Syllabus


Teboho Moja, PhD, MEd

Clinical Professor, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, New York University. Dr. Moja, a South African educator, has played a major role in educational reform in South Africa following the transition to democracy. Her background provides students with an unusual entrée to South African culture, the higher education community, educational administrators, and policymakers.


2016 Graduate Tuition: $1,538 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: if enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2016 Housing Fees: TBD

2016 Activity Fees: TBD

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunk, Vayama, Google Flights and for student rates.


Students will stay in shared occupancy rooms at a centrally-located hotel in program cities.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Cape Town typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to South Africa of less than three months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Cape Town)Lonely Planet Guide (Pretoria)

Weather: Temperatures in Cape Town and Pretoria in July tend to be cooler than New York, ranging from 40° to the high 60°s (Fahrenheit). 

Helpful Links: BBC Weather