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Program Description



SHESC South Africa


Quick Facts

June 30 - July 23, 2019

6-credit program
Program fee includes
  • ASU tuition
  • Lodging
  • Transportation for all program activities
  • Entrance fees to group activities
  • International health insurance
  • One domestic flight in South Africa
  • 75% of meals (N=51/65)
Example Topics
  • Australopithecus to Modern People: Migrations, Habitats, and Food
  • Land formations of Cape Town: Table Mountain and Cape Point
  • Effects of glacials and interglacials on habitats and modern humans (165,000 years ago)
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Apartheid
  • Ecotourism
Exploration and Adventure Activities
  • Cape Point excursion to see dassies and penguins
  • San community tea tasting and language session with ecology tour
  • West Coast National Park hiking, animal identification, Atlantic Ocean whale watching
  • Kayaking in Langabaan Lagoon
  • Examine ancient fossils of human ancestors and other animals
  • Explore African arts and crafts
  • Visit fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind
  • Explore the animals of Kruger National Park collecting data
Do you want to experience what ancient life was like for our ancestors? Do you want to see the Atlantic Ocean from its western shores? Do you want visit the African bush?  How about exploring two very modern and beautiful cities? Then this program is for you!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


SHESC South Africa
SHESC South Africa
SHESC South Africa

Location Details

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—from Table Mountain to beautiful beaches to many historical locations. From Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was in prison, to the remnants of District Six, a location dismantled by apartheid, there are wonderful and exciting places to visit. Further afield we will visit Table Mountain National Park, West Coast National Park, and West Coast Fossil Park to learn about ecosystems of today and how they can be used as analogs to the past and future. 

Often nicknamed Jo’burg or Jozi, Johannesburg was called the City of Gold, because of miners who worked in the surrounding gold mines.  We will again focus on the people and the history of South Africa through visits to the Apartheid Museum and Soweto, where great food can be had. We will also visit Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and hominin sites at the Cradle of Humankind to further explore ecology and evolution.

As already noted, will be visiting game reserves and national parks around Cape Town, near Jozi, and in the far northeast of the country at Kruger National Park, one of the world’s top destinations for biodiversity. Here students will undertake research for the Hominins and Habitats Research Project.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

2.5 GPA
No prior anthropology or ecology experience required
Suitable for non-majors and students from a wide range of backgrounds
Prerequisites will be waived


South Africa has an ancient past, a turbulent history, and now, one of the most progressive constitutions on the planet. One of the earliest fossil human ancestors was recovered here in 1924. Since that time, many other fossil ancestors have been recovered, including the new, enigmatic Homo naledi species from Rising Star Cave.  After this earliest time period, migrations and colonization into southern Africa created strife, marginalization, and eventually apartheid in 1948. Today the country has more than 40 game reserves and national parks protecting a myriad of African wildlife from extinction, but is there a cost to the people who need the environment to survive?  These courses will explore the pre-history and history of South Africa through the lens of ecology, evolution, and social justice.
Students select two of the following courses, one of which must be ASM 338, for a total of 6 credits:

ASM 338: Anthropology Field Session: Hominins and Habitats (3)
ASB 375: Humans and the Environment: What’s the Connection? (3)
ASM 414: Urban and Environmental Health (3)

SHESC South Africa


Faculty Director

Kaye Reed, Ph.D
President's Professor
Director of School of Human Evolution and Social Change
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

Additional Faculty

David Feary, Ph.D
Clinical Professor
School of Sustainability, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University


Kaye Reed

David Feary

Gary Schwartz



SHESC South Africa

Program Housing

Students will share double to quadruple room at hostels and hotels in the cities with showers and cooking facilities. In national parks, students will share small chalets and rondovals (round cabins), some with two bedrooms, with cooking facilities and showers, towels, blankets, etc.  There are opportunities to swim in the ocean or in swimming pools—although remember that it will be WINTER in South Africa and nights can be VERY cold.  Students are encouraged to look online for the national parks to see pictures of accommodations.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $6910

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, all accommodations, excursions, cultural events, program-related transportation, many meals, ASU faculty support and international health insurance. 
Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, a few meals, passport, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.

  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.

  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.

  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.

  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.

  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/30/2019 07/23/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

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