Quick Info

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Environmental Science and Geology, Environmental Studies, History
  • : May 4, 2019 - June 8, 2019
  • : In-State: $5,200; Out-of-State: $5,400
  • : January 27, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Open to Non-Pitt Students, Open to students from all campuses and departments


General Education Requirements:

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:
  • HIST 1722 Fulfills the Historical Change Gen Ed Requirement
  • Fulfills 4 International Foreign Culture requirements including the non-western requirement

For Pitt Business Students:

  • HIST 1722 Fulfills a Social Science gen. ed. requirement

HIST 1722 fulfills:
  • Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • Historical Analysis
  • Specific Geographic Region

Students will enroll in 7-credits across threecourses. Courses may count towards the UCIS African Studies certificate.

Apartheid South Africa captured the international imagination during the second half of the twentieth century as a so-called “pariah” state.  This course connects events from earlier South African history (economic development, military conquest, popular protest, and state formation) with how things played out during and after the apartheid years.  The course will be organized chronologically (but in reverse) and use specific conflicts (strikes, political demonstrations, repression, etc.) to focus on key moments in South African history. It will utilize a large number of primary materials (ranging from manifestos to novels to film) as well as secondary readings from books and articles to generate discussion.  This will further an understanding of the roots of conflict and the creation of identity in modern South Africa.  You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change, do not copy) here:  HIST 1722 Draft Syllabus

Earth’s human population has reached 7.5 billion and continues to grow rapidly. As concerns heighten over the ability of the planet to support and sustain life, it is becoming ever more important that we understand the crucial relationship between nature and society.

This course uses South Africa, one of the most culturally and ecologically diverse countries in the world, as an outdoor classroom to highlight the challenges, solutions and negotiations that are central to sustaining life on Earth. By immersing students in communities that showcase unique perspectives, facilitating hands-on experiences and data collection, actively engaging with South African citizens including students, this course will provide participants with skills, experiences and perspectives that are crucial to supporting innovative problem solving and decision-making long after the course is over.  You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change, do not copy) here: GEOL 1300 Draft Syllabus

This course will focus on our first seven to ten days in South Africa. You will visit historical monuments that simultaneous reflect what happened in the past and also continue to shape political, social, and cultural identities that are still being contested today. You will be reading selected texts, preparing brief presentations on the monuments we visit, and reflecting on those sites in your journals.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. John C. Stoner will serve as on-site faculty co-director. Professor Stoner is currently the Executive Director of Academic Affairs for the University Center for International Studies. He previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and an advisor in the History Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. His research focuses on broader U.S. foreign policy and, in particular, the projection of American power onto Africa during the Cold War and the ways in which various African states (and groups) responded. He will be the instructor for HIST 1722.

Dr. Dainelle Andrews-Brown Co-Faculty Leader. She is the Environmental Studies Program Coordiantor and also, a Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor for the Department  of Geology and Environmental Science. She received her PhD (Soil Science) in 2011 at The Pennsylvania State University.  She remained at Penn State as post-doctoral scholar and research associate. Dr. Andrews came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as a lecturer and the advisor and coordinator of the Environmental Studies program. For over 14 years, she has conducted lab and field scale research as it pertains to water and soil quality. Presently, her specific research has focused on carbon, nitrogen and emerging contaminants (mainly estrogens and antibiotics). She has conducted research at two nationally known research site –  The Susquehanna Shale Hill Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and The Living Filter. More recently, her research interests are also centered on [informal & formal] science education. For 15 years, she has taught (or co-taught) a variety of middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in residential and online science-based courses.



Housing in Johannesburg will be at a bed & breakfast in the Melville area. Housing in Cape Town will be at a hotel neart the V & A Waterfront area. Students will live with another Pitt student. Each room has a small kitchenette.   

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,200 $5,400
Arrive in Johannesburg Depart Cape Town
May 4, 2019 June 8, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Other Important Dates: 
Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

You may also be required to attend one or more pre-departure meetings with program faculty


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your South Africa program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 7 credits
  • Accommodations for the duration of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Class related activities/site visits have previously included. Subject to change.
    • Johannesburg:
      • Red Bus Tour
      • Old Fort/Constitution Hill
      • Apartheid Museum
      • Sterkfontein
      • Voortrekker Monument
      • Liliesleaf Farm
    • Kruger National Park
    • Cape Town
      • Red Bus Tour
      • Robben Island
      • Castle of Good Hope
      • District Six Museum
      • Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Airfare from Johannesburg to George
  • Ground transportation from George to Cape Town

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.