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South Africa: Educational and Social Reform

As of May 17, 2022, this program is closed and is no longer accepting applications. Visit our Graduate Study Abroad page to learn about our available study abroad opportunities for graduate students. If you have any questions, please send them to

The course will use South Africa’s post-apartheid social and educational reforms as a case study to explore access and equity issues in education. What are the policies in place, challenges in implementing policies, and successes? There will be a comparison made with the US education context while drawing lessons from other countries in Africa. The course covers policies in K-12, higher education, and informal education systems that provide support for success in education. You will 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 policymakers. Researchers, government officials, and other experts will share their own experiences in lectures and discussions.

Teboho Moja

Professor of Higher Education; Department Chair: Administration, Leadership, and Technology

Cape Town & Pretoria, South Africa

Program Dates:

July 10 - 31, 2022

Application Deadline:
  • Priority Deadline: February 23, 2022
  • Regular Deadline: March 23, 2022*

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals with a bachelor's degree 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.


The following courses are offered. Students must take AMLT-GE-2073.099 and have the option to add AMLT-GE-2063.099 for a total of either 3 or 6 credits:

  • Required: AMLT-GE 2073, Section 099 (Class #5400) - International Perspectives: Education and Social Reform in South Africa (3 credits)
  • Optional: AMLT-GE 2063, Section 099 (Class #5401) - Field-Based Projects on South Africa's Reforms (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology

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

Sample Syllabus


Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,600

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2022 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

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: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about scholarships and funding opportunities.


Students 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 with the program dates listed above.

Travel, Visa, and Other Information:

Global Affairs will provide information to participants on pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. Vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please note that the course may begin and end in different cities and that flights arriving in South Africa typically depart New York a day in advance; participants will be provided with the exact details so that they are able to book their airline tickets accordingly. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights. Domestic airline bookings within South Africa are booked centrally (not by the student) and this cost is included in the course activity fee. 

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 (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). Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in South Africa.

Student Resources:

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