Global Affairs

South Africa: Intern Abroad in Higher Education

Intern opportunities at the National Department of Education, university, or a non-governmental organization for 4 weeks this summer in South Africa. There is an option to extend your stay by an additional week or two. The internship is offered in conjunction with a required class on Education and Social Reform. The internship may be located in areas such as education, university student activities, or youth support and development through empowerment activities, or youth development through microenterprise training. 


Pretoria, South Africa

Program Dates:

July 8 - August 6, 2018

Durban: July 8 - 12

Pretoria: July 12 - August 6


  • Effective June 19, this program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students in related areas of studies listed below 

Related Areas of Study:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • International Education


Students register for two of the Summer 2018 course numbers listed below for 6 credits total: 

AMLT-GE 2073 Section 099 (Class # 1974) 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.

And one of the following courses:

  • INTE-GE 2802 Section 99 (Class #2021) - Field Study and Seminar in International Education (3 points) Designed for graduate students who wish to serve as interns in international and intercultural settings. Permission to register is based on an evaluation of each student's proposal outlining the nature of the study. Requirements include the maintenance of a log describing activities and a research project based on the work experience. 
  • HPSE-GE 2121 Section 99 (Class #6047) - Higher Education Studies, Administrative Work and Field Experiences (Internship Experience) Individually designed internship program to meet special needs of graduate students. 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.
  • EDLED-GE 2160 Section 99 (Class #6049) - Internship: Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy  In this culminating experience students engage in fieldwork in a community-based or advocacy organization & participate in a seminar to discuss their field-based experiences. Students develop a professional platform, keep reflective journals, & intern under the mentorship of field-based supervisors and the instructor traveling with them.
  • EDLED-GE 2159 Section 99 (Class #2029)  - Internship in Educational Leadership Each student is assigned to a selected superintendent, supervising principal, or official of an educational organization who serves as a supervising administrator. The student’s activities include field experiences in administration & community leadership.


Sample Itinerary- South Africa.pdf

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.


Based on individual academic and professional interests, applicants will rank their top 2-3 choices from the following list of placement options:

For more programs related to specific career or academic interests please contact Maria Ramirez at or contact Professor Teboho Moja at 


International Education participants will work with Internship Adviser, Maria Ramirez to complete internship requirements. Others contact NYU faculty, Professor Teboho Moja, who will be in the country offering classes parallel to the internship.


2018 Graduate Tuition: $1,660 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer 2018 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Summer 2018.

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing Fees: $1150

2018 Activity Fees: $950

The housing and activity fees cover orientation, meals, homestay accommodations for seven weeks, and site visits. Participants pay for their own airfare. 

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.

Students 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: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and for student rates.


Students will stay in shared occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond to the program dates listed above.

Travel, Visa, and Other Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. 

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 linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Durban)Lonely Planet Guide (Pretoria)

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

Helpful Links: BBC Weather

Admitted Student Resources: click here.