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South Africa: Intern Abroad in Higher Education

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

Teboho Moja

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

teboho.moja@nyu.edu

Intern at the National Department of Education, a university, or a non-governmental organization this summer in South Africa. 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.

Location:

Cape Town and Pretoria, South Africa

Program Dates:

Summer 2023, exact dates to be announced.

Application Deadline:

  • Priority Deadline: February 9, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: March 9, 2023*

*Rolling 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 advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related Areas of Study:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • International Education

Course(s):

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

AMLT-GE 2073, Section 099 (Class #TBA) - Education and Social Reform in South Africa (3 credits): 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 098 (Class #TBA) - Field Study and Seminar in International Education (3 credits): 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 099 (Class #TBA) - Higher Education Studies, Administrative Work, and Field Experiences (Internship Experience) (3 credits): Individually designed internship program to meet the 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 099 (Class #TBA) - Internship: Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy (3 credits): 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 099 (Class #TBA) - Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits): 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.

Alternatively, students may opt to take AMLT-GE 2073 and complete a fieldwork course simultaneously: AMLT-GE 2063 - Field-Based Projects on South Africa's Reforms (3 credits). Please see the Educational and Social Reform program page for more information.

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.

Placements:

Based on individual academic and professional interests, applicants will rank their top 2-3 choices of placements. Below is the list of placements that were available in 2018. 

Faculty:

Teboho Moja, Ph.D., MEd; Clinical Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology.

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.

Costs:

Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBA

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2023 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.

Accommodations:

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 inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 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 their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at ogs.outbound@nyu.edu.

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide (Cape Town)Lonely Planet Guide (Pretoria).

Weather: In July, temperatures in South Africa typically range from 45°F to 65°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in South Africa.

Pre-Departure Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.

Policies:

Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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