Global Programs

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 8 - August 5, 2015 

The program will begin in Cape Town and conclude in Pretoria

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Round 2: Sunday, February 8, 2015

Round 3: Sunday, March 15, 2015

More about deadlines and how to apply

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 the courses listed below for a total of 6 points. Students should consult with their academic advisor for approval.

AMLT-GE 2063 Section 099 (Class Number: 1987) - Field-Based Project on South Africa's Reforms (3 points).

AMLT-GE 2073 Section 099 (Class Number: 1988) - International Perspectives: Education and Social Reform in South Africa (3 points).

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.


2015 Graduate Tuition: $1,479 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:

2015 Housing Fees: $1,150

2015 Activity Fees: $850

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: KayakHipmunkVayama 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