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South Africa: Intern Abroad in Higher Education & Educational Leadership

Intern Abroad Program

This program is closed and no longer accepting applications. Visit the Graduate Study Abroad page to learn about alternative study abroad opportunities for graduate students. If you have any questions, please write to

Teboho Moja

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

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.


Cape Town and Pretoria, South Africa

Program Dates:

July 9 - 30, 2023

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


Students register for one of the summer internship course numbers listed below for 3 credits: 

  • HPSE-GE 2121, Section 099 (Class #3918) - 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 #3917) - 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 #3916) - 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.

Students who would like to complete a total of 6 credits may also register for:

AMLT-GE 2073, Section 099 (Class # 3914) - 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.

Alternatively, students may opt to take AMLT-GE 2073 only, or 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.


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. 


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.


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.


3-Credit Track: If you choose to register only for an internship course section:

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $6,060
  • Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $687
  • Housing & Activity Fee - $2,100
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included
  • Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,847

6-Credit Track: If you choose to register for both an internship course section and the AMLT-GE 2073 course section:

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (6 credits) - $12,120
  • Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $909
  • Housing & Activity Fee - $2,100
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included
  • Estimated Direct Cost Total - $15,129

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 graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

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

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.


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

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