Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind
Students learn about historical and present-day challenges in creating national identity, an inclusive multi-party democracy, and a model for development. Studying Namibia and South Africa’s model and approach to such issues provides a useful context for understanding globalization and nation-building struggles throughout the world. Gain hands-on work experience in a development agency through an academic internship for credit. Earn additional credit in Political Science, Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies, or History.
CGEE’s experiential programs will include class visits with community members throughout the semester, such as: members of the African National Congress and opposition parties, church leaders, feminist and human rights activists, and many others!
Courses available include:
Political and Social Change in Southern Africa (Political Science 353)
Environmental connections: Environment and Sustainability in Southern Africa (Environmental Studies 100)
Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S. (History 327)
The Politics of Development in Southern Africa (Interdisciplinary Studies/Political Science 354)
Religion and Social Change in Southern Africa (Religion 346)
An internship or an independent study for credit in: Environmental Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Language and Cross-Cultural Studies, Political Science, Religion, Women's Studies, or Youth/Family Ministry
Recreational Wellness: Yoga (WEL 119)
Students will stay in the CGEE house for a portion of the semester, a 10 minute walk from downtown Windhoek. A vibrant capital city; students will find traditional and international cuisines, art galleries, contemporary shopping malls, live concerts, and public gardens where festivals are held throughout the year. Students can travel anywhere from an outdoor craft and food market in Windhoek’s township areas to a movie theater in the suburbs for one low taxi fare. Students are sure to run into many friendly faces as they explore the various cultural and entertainment activities that this community has to offer. Students will also have host family stays throughout the semester in both rural and urban areas of Namibia and South Africa.
In addition to the Windhoek portion of the program, students will also have the opportunity to travel, with built-in excursions (included in the cost of the program) to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, as well as short trips to Etosha Game National Reserve, the Atlantic Coast, and rural areas of Namibia.
SJU Four Course Policy
It is understood that Saint Joseph's students who participate on the Augsburg College Namibia program will only take four, 4-credit courses that will only count for three SJU credits each. Due to the fact that this may impact a student’s graduation course requirements, Saint Joseph's University will waive one free elective for the student upon their return, provided they meet the following conditions:
The student must have one free elective remaining over and above the ones taken with the study abroad program.
The student will still have at least 120 credits at time of graduation.
The student MUST remain enrolled as a full-time student according to the study abroad program’s requirements.
The student is obliged to successfully complete all coursework on the study abroad program and pass each of the four courses taken abroad.
Students participating on this program will be required to sign a Four Course Policy Form at the time of application. If you do not have a free elective available to waive, please contact the CIP to discuss your options.
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Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program' search to apply to this grant.
Things to Remember before Applying
You must meet with a study abroad advisor before beginning your application.
This program requires a separate application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to the their for deadlines and application requirements.
If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a $300 confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 DAYS of receiving your approval notice.
Dates / Deadlines:
** 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.