Global Affairs

Summer Global Leadership Summit: South Africa

Participants will join a long-standing exchange between NYU and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  Student delegates will travel with NYU faculty and staff to South Africa to join the Global Leadership Summit.  During the two-week summit, participants will join students from around the world to address issues of transformational leadership, globalization, social justice, reconciliation, and negotiating difference.   Additional activities will likely include a visit to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg; and a rural college campus and Golden Gate Highlands National Park in Northwest South Africa. 

Successful candidates for 2015 Global Leadership Summit have been informed.


Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, South Africa

Program Dates:

July 1 – 18, 2015

Application Deadline :

February 15, 2015    (Application closed)                                                    

Interested students should complete the online application.  You will be asked to upload a resume and reply to two short-answer questions.  Six students will be selected to participate based on responses to short-answer questions and/or in-person interviews.  

Who Can Participate:

The program is open to undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or above who are currently in their freshman or sophomore year and belong to one of the following groups:

  • NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Honors
  • The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) FOCUS Mentorship Program
  • The LGBTQ Student Center's First Year Queer and Allies (FYQA) Program


This is a non-credit academic experience, but all participants must participate fully in the activities listed below:

  • Pre-departure orientation and training activities during spring 2015 semester. 
  • All group travel and activities in South Africa from July 1 – 18.  Participants will travel together from NYC to Bloemfontein.  Participants are responsible for travel to and from NYC if they are not remaining on campus during the summer. 
  • Post-travel debrief session during fall 2015 semester. 
  • Presentation at NYU Global Engagement Symposium or related event. 
Sample Program from 2012 Summit


Participants will be accompanied by two NYU faculty/staff members.  


This is a non-credit program with no tuition costs.  The bulk of the program cost is covered by NYU.  Participants must contribute $500 towards the cost of accommodations and airfare.  Additionally, participants should prepare to cover the cost of at least one meal daily and other personal expenses. 


Students will stay in shared occupancy hotel rooms in Johannesburg and shared occupancy student residence accommodations at the University of the Free State.  

Flight, Travel and Visa Information:

Flight: Students travel together with NYU staff on a round-trip group flight paid for by NYU.   Additional travel to and from NYC before and after the program is not provided. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.  In addition, passports must have at least 2 blank pages.  

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 the NYU Office of Global Services for additional information.

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Johannesburg), Lonely Planet Guide (Bloemfontein)


Temperatures in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in July range from 40° to the high 64° and 29° to 64°(Fahrenheit), respectively.

Helpful Links: BBC Weather


If you have additional questions about the program please write to  .