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Study Abroad

South Africa Service Learning, Marquette University

Cape Town, South Africa

Program Summary

Marquette University’s South Africa Service Learning Program, in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape, offers students the unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the people, history, culture and traditions of South Africa through integrated academic coursework and direct immersion in the culture through community-based service. The program’s curriculum accommodates students from all academic disciplines.

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Academic Calendar Dates

Early July–late November (Fall Semester)
Late January–mid- to late June (Spring Semester)

Submit an application before the Application Deadline.


University of the Western Cape (www.uwc.ac.za)

Founded in 1960, the University of the Western Cape has played a key role in ending the oppression of apartheid and is today a major South African university committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity and helping to build an equitable and dynamic society.

Cape Town

Marquette’s South Africa Service Learning Program is based in cosmopolitan Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent. While living in Cape Town, you will come to know South Africa’s rich history and experience an emerging nation rebuilding itself following decades of apartheid. Cape Town’s diverse socio-economic communities will become your classroom as you learn paradigms of emerging leadership and model of reconciliation, forgiveness and community advocacy.

Cape Town is the third most populous city in South Africa, forming part of the metropolitan municipality of the City of Cape Town. It is the provincial capital of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located. Cape Town is famous for its harbor as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Often regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities because of its geography, Cape Town is one of the most popular South African destinations for tourism.

According to the 2001 Census, the city has a population of 2.95 million. Cape Town's land area of 2,499 square kilometres (965 sq. mi.) is larger than other South African cities, resulting in a comparatively lower population density of 1,158 people per square kilometre (2,999/sq mi).

Curriculum Type

If you participate in Marquette’s South Africa Service Learning Program, you will study with South African professors who are experts in their fields at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Student take the following courses while on the program:

  • Theology of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice
  • Community Development and Social Analysis
  • Three elective courses at UWC

Service Learning

You will also study through action. The service component of your learning will engage you directly in the ongoing transformation of South Africa. It will offer you an academically grounded global reach as you research, reflect, analyze and act on complex global problems in an international setting.

You will work with a community-based, grassroots organization two days a week throughout the semester. Chosen organizations provide services for and advocate on behalf of people whose voices are not heard--people who continue to struggle with injustice and pervasive poverty. They also encourage those they serve to build their own capacity to address their needs and to be voices for change.

For examples of service learning placement sites, visit http://www.marquette.edu/abroad/southafrica-service-sites.shtml.

Types of Accommodation

Students will live in community in housing arranged by the program.

Program Cost

Semester Costs for Academic Year 2015–2016

  • Total: $22,140
  • Tuition: $18,360
  • Housing: $2,300
  • Transportation in Country: $1,200
  • OIP Fee: $100

Aid Transfer

Loyola Scholarships and Grants (Semester/Year Only), Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP)