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 staff to South Africa to join the Global Leadership Summit.  During the 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 include visits to local cultural sites.


Bloemfontein, South Africa

Program Dates:

July 1 – 16, 2018

Application Deadline:

Sunday, February 18, 2018                                                   

Application Closed.

Four 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 first-year, sophomore year, or junior 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 2018 semester. 
  • All group travel and activities in South Africa from July 1 – 16.  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 2018 semester. 
  • Presentation at NYU Global Engagement Symposium or related event. 
Sample Program from 2012 Summit


Participants will be accompanied by one NYU staff member.  


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 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 Control, Lonely Planet Guide (Bloemfontein)


Temperatures in Bloemfontein in July range from 29° to 64°(Fahrenheit).

Helpful Links: AccuWeather (Bloemfontein)


If you have additional questions about the program please write to