Study abroad in South Africa


South Africa


courses and curriculum

From education to business to nursing majors, students from all disciplines are eligible to study in South Africa. Throughout the semester, you will take four or five courses, two of which are designed specifically for program participants. You can choose the other two or three courses from University of the Western Cape curriculum.

Founded in 1960, the University of the Western Cape is a leading research and teaching institution that was one of the first South African universities to formally oppose apartheid. With 14,000 students and more than 200 degree programs, UWC is a major university committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity and building an equitable and dynamic society. Marquette is one of a select group of U.S. institutions partnering with the university.


The following required courses are taken with fellow program participants on Fridays throughout the semester.

Theology of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice
Explore how people of all faiths are called to play a positive role in bringing about forgiveness, reconciliation and justice. Gain a unique perspective of South Africans’ response to this call, as evidenced in the ubuntu theology of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Leaders in Grassroots Organizations: Community Development and
Social Analysis

Investigate how people empowered by leaders at the community level address their development needs and bring about systemic change through analysis of the economic, social, political, environmental and cultural structures that create poverty and conflict. Test and refine your own developing models of grassroots leadership through service learning placements two days a week.

Elective Courses

Choose two to three electives from a variety of disciplines at the University of the Western Cape. Available courses are listed on the UWC website.

Students may also take courses from the UWC's Institute for Social Development which offers graduate level courses on the social and economic challenges that developing countries have to meet to transform successfully. These courses are designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, developers, researchers or teachers at universities.

A number of courses have already been evaluated for Marquette equivalency:

UWC offers a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, health sciences, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences. Students seeking courses in the social sciences can also take advantage of offerings from UWC's Institute for Social Development.

Your instruction will also come from government, religious, business, civic and community leaders who continue to build this nation, citizens who have dedicated their lives to a new South Africa, people who have contributed to its ability to rise above apartheid to bring about reconciliation and inclusiveness.

You will observe firsthand how people of traditionally divided groups come together to act collectively for the common good — and succeed.



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