In partnership with Stellenbosch University, the International Programs Center has developed UNCG in South Africa – a novel initiative to support first year student success that will culminate in a summer study abroad program in Summer 2024.
IPC’s very own Logan Stanfield (pictured left), Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange, is spearheading the development of this incredible opportunity and traveled to South Africa this spring to finalize the programming efforts. “UNCG in South Africa is going to be an amazing opportunity for our students because Stellenbosch is a phenomenal university and partner in a beautiful part of the world. I am also excited that this group will have lots of extra support for any first-time travelers. One of IPC’s goals is reaching a greater number of students who have never been abroad before and maybe wonder if study abroad is meant for them – because it definitely is!“, says Stanfield.
Throughout their first year, UNCG in South Africa participants will engage in a series of pre-program sessions designed to support student success, strengthen ties to UNCG’s campus community, and prepare for a four week summer study abroad experience in the Western Cape of South Africa. The program is built to support UNCG’s academic core by requiring all students to enroll in Stellenbosch courses that have been pre-approved to fulfill select UNCG degree requirements. In addition, all students will take a course in South African Political History to contextualize their time abroad.
Another benefit for participating students will be tailored scholarship support, as each student will be coached to apply for at least one scholarship. Students that have no past travel experience are especially encouraged to apply, as the program is designed specifically to support first-time travelers. A visit to Robben Island (site of Nelson Mandela and other leaders’ imprisonment), world-famous scenic places like Table Mountain and Cape Point, ecological preserves home to wildlife ranging from African Elephants to African Penguins, and visits to artisanal marketplaces are just a few of the historical and cultural highlights planned for students. Recruitment for the program will begin at Spartan Orientation and Registration (SOAR) in June 2023.