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Study Global Health and Social Issues in South Africa

South Africa in 2016

Scholarship Application Deadline: February 19, 2016
Program Application Deadline: March 4, 2016
Payment Deadline: March 18, 2016

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Special Scholarship Available

Students may fill out the Study Abroad Application online.


Dr. Arif Ahmed, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Mr. Mike Wood, former health administration faculty member with wide international experience will be leading the trip to South Africa.

Dr. Ahmed
Mr. Wood

Course Scheduling

**International Academic Programs (IAP) Pre-Departure Orientation for Bloch School Faculty-Led Summer Programs (For travel during the months of May, June and/or July 2016) has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am in BEH 324.

Orientation: in April 2016
One post-trip session will be scheduled for June, 2016
Course Number: PA 5587/497 (3 Credit Hours)

Trip Overview

This interdisciplinary course (3 credit hours) focuses broadly on global health and social issues from the perspectives of national and international policy, economic and cultural issues, and activities that can alleviate the world-wide burden of disease and disparity. Intensive pre-trip sessions include discussions on South African economic, political and social history in a 21st century context, recognizing the extraordinary dynamism of this very important country. Upon return to Kansas City, students will reflect on their experiences via formal presentation and report.

Students with an interest in health care as a clinical, political or economic topic, public policy, social services, etc. are invited to participate in this unique opportunity.

Some activities will be arranged or held in conjunction with events at the University of the Western Cape and include visits to health facilities and social services in townships and rural settings.


Students are responsible for the following program costs:

  • $850 deposit* to be submitted with the program application. The deposit, less $100, is refundable until accommodations must be finalized (in mid-February). If an application is rejected, the entire deposit will be refunded. This deposit covers accommodations, all program-related local transportation, and a few group meals.
  • $25 subscription fee to StudioAbroad, the application software used by International Academic Programs.
  • 3 hours tuition (Consult UMKC website or talk to your Academic Advisor to find the exact amount).
  • Roundtrip International airfare to/from Cape Town (Approximately $1,500-$2,000 depending on the route and time of purchase).
  • Meals in Cape Town (Approximately $250).
  • Miscellaneous expenses including local transportation costs not related to program activities and entry fees to cultural sites (Approximately $100).
  • Passport costs, if you do not have a passport already.
  • University required HTH Health Insurance (Approximately $50).
  • Visa Fees: No visa fee is required for U.S. citizens. Non U.S. Citizens please consult the South African Embassy/Consulate website for visa requirements and fees.

*Due to currency fluctuations and rising prices, students may be required to pay additional funds prior to the trip.

Additional Independent Travel

Students can participate in an optional, non-credit independent excursion to a South African game preserve, to the beautiful wine country or to the breathtaking seacoast near Cape Town. While such independent options are not a formal part of the program, the course leaders will be available to suggest how interested students might best take advantage of this unique opportunity. Interested students will work directly with vendors to secure the bookings and make payments.

Visit the Study Abroad South Africa Facebook page for additional information or download the trip FAQ sheet.

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5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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