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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Creighton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Creighton Service-Learning
Areas of Study: Communication Studies, Education, Fine Arts Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

The City
Cape Town, South Africa is a cosmopolitan located at the southern tip of the African continent. While living in Cape Town, you will become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government-enforced-apartheid. Cape Town's diverse socioeconomic communities will become your classroom and its leaders your teachers. The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In the Cape Town area, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans and English. You will have the opportunity to visit significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid. In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods and diverse architecture.

The University
The University of the Western Cape in conjunction with The South Africa Service Learning Program builds upon Marquette’s strong tradition of service learning. The program offers you the unique opportunity to increase your understanding of the people, history, culture, and traditions of South Africa through integrated academic coursework and direct immersion into the culture through community-based service. To help ensure a positive experience, a full-time resident director is on site in South Africa to guide you and help you delve more deeply into issues you encounter as you immerse yourself in South African society.

Program Duration
The Fall Semester typically runs from Early August until Mid-December. The Spring Semester typically runs from February - July. The academic calendar can be found here.

From education to business to nursing majors, students from all disciplines are eligible to study in South Africa. Throughout the semester, you will take 4-5 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.

From Fall 2018 onward, courses taken while studying abroad will transfer back to Creighton University with a letter grade.  These grades will be factored into your Creighton GPA.  Grade equivalency charts will be published on the study abroad website in early 2018 to help you understand how the grade abroad will reflect on your Creighton transcript.  This change is in contrast to the former "Pass/Fail" grade policy.

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

1. 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.

2. 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:
South Africa-UWC Courses

Service Learning
You will have the opportunity to put your education to work through serving with a community-based organization two days a week during the semester. These service learning sites let you make a difference in the ongoing transformation of South Africa through working on community education, health issues, gender inequities, sustainable living and youth education The selected organizations provide services for and advocate on behalf of people whose voices are not heard and who continue to struggle with injustice and pervasive poverty. They encourage those they serve to empower themselves and to be voices for change. Service learning sites provide opportunities to engage in community education, empowerment, mediation, training, research and more. Past students have worked with local nonprofits that address issues as diverse as HIV/AIDS and other health concerns, family violence, gender inequities, sustainable living, and the education and development of youth. As a required part of the curriculum in South Africa, you will work with a grassroots, community-based organization two days a week. These 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 needs and be voices for change.

South Africa Service Sites

Students studying in the South Africa program live with fellow program participants in the Kimberly House in the Observatory neighborhood of Cape Town. It is located in a lively area near the university with local amenities and shops nearby. Participants share a double room with another student and have communal access to the kitchen, multiple bathrooms, dining room, and living room.

Approximate Housing Cost: $2,300 (Students pay directly to Marquette University, and are not charged for housing at Creighton for the semester)
You can find additional information and photos at the Marquette website.

Financial Information 

Pay to Creighton Pay to Marquette University Student Responsibility Not Applicable
Tuition X      
Room   X    
Fees X   X  
Housing Application Fee       X
Visa     X  
Flight     X  
Creighton Traveler Security Program $100      
Financial Aid
If eligible, institutional aid and federal financial aid are portable. Please consult with the Creighton Financial Aid Office for questions on your specific program and situation.

In Effect for All Fall 2018 Participants and Beyond
Students may only participate in study abroad programs that are pre-approved by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) as part of an employee benefit remission program. Such participants must pay the difference between their employee benefit remission program and the special cost to Creighton University for the study abroad program. Regular registration and fees in addition to the tuition remission fee and any additional fees for special Creighton University programs (i.e. Global Scholars) are applicable during each study abroad semester. Short travel courses are not covered under the employee benefit remission program.

Students pay accommodation, insurance, and transportation to Marquette University. Students are responsible for personal and travel expenses.
For questions, please e-mail, or call the Global Engagement Office at 402-280-2221.
To make a student appointment, please call the Global Engagement Office, or schedule online through Creighton Connect:
     - Go to
     - Click on “Access Creighton Connect”
     - Log in with your and Blue Password
     - Under Services, search “Muegge”
     - Click on “Members”, then “Schedule an Appointment”

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.