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.

Location:

Cape Town and Tshwane (formerly Pretoria), South Africa

Program Dates:

Cape Town: July 9 - 13, 2017
Pretoria: July 13 - August 7, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Round 2: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Round 3: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who Can Participate:

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

Related Areas of Study:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • International Education

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

Course(s):

Students register for the two Summer 2017 course numbers listed below for a total of 6 points:

  • AMLT-GE-2073 Section 00 (Class #TBD) - International Perspectives: Education and Social Reform in South Africa 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
  • AMLT-GE 2063 Section 099 (Class #TBD) - 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.
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology

2013 Sample Syllabus

If you are interested in the Intern Abroad: Higher Education program in South Africa, please visit its program page.

Faculty:

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.

Tuition:

2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 per point plus registration and services fees

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing Fee: $1150

2017 Activity Fee: $850

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Summer 2017 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 StudentUniverse.com for student rates.

Accommodations:

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. Students should purchase a multi-city ticket arriving to Cape Town and departing from Pretoria. Steinhardt Global Affairs will arrange a domestic flight from Cape Town to Pretoria. 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