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Program Description


South Africa, Group of People

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This unique Global Sustainability Study Abroad class will immerse students in the social/cultural, environmental, and economic challenges facing South Africa with its legacies of colonialism and Apartheid, and with the 1994 ratification of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. We will focus on the social/cultural, environmental, and economic conflicts and opportunities in and around Kruger National Park, associated with the government’s Wildlife Economy policies, from both sustainability and conservation biology perspectives.

Quick Facts

  • June 6 - 20, 2019 
  • Participants eligible for the Walton Scholarship
  • Visits to UNESCO Kruger National Park, Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Canyons Biosphere Region, Tshulu Trust, and other NGO’s and conservation groups
  • Overnight homestays in Ha-Makuya villages
  • Enjoy an authentic bush barbecue surrounded by hippos and crocodile
  • Field seminars and discussions of flora, fauna, soil types, geomorphology, and social history as well as guided commentaries on savanna ecology while moving through regions in open game drive vehicles
  • Practical hands on training sessions, such as the use of water quality testing equipment
  • Earn 3 SOS or BIO credits; both undergraduate and graduate credits are available
  • Earn 1 credit for the mandatory pre-departure course


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Location Details


Almost eight million people call the “Joburg” metropolitan area home, and the diversity that abounds there is a testament to the history this city has witnessed. It is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's constitution. Joburg recently hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is where the Springboks beat the All Blacks to take the Rugby World Cup in 1995 – a defining moment in post-Apartheid South Africa.

WITS RURAL FACILITY, University of Witwatersrand (Bushbuckridge Region)

Wits Rural Facility (WRF) is a base for rural-focused research, student training, and community outreach in the Bushbuckridge region of Limpopo, South Africa. WRF is situated about 300 miles from Johannesburg and is very close to the Kruger National Park. The facility has an abundance of birds and wildlife. It is also close to a rural area that is typical of the old homelands and settlements of South Africa under the Apartheid government.

OLIFANTS RESEARCH CAMP in Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and will allow students to get in touch with nature in a unique way. Students will spend two nights at the Olifants tourist camp where they will get to experience an authentic bush barbecue in the middle of nowhere next to a starlit river with hippos and crocodiles.

TSHULU TRUST CAMP in Ha-Makuya (Venda Region)

The camp is located on a bluff overlooking the Mutale River and surrounded by lebombo ironwood groves, baobabs, and mopane woodland. The Tshulu Trust Camp is off-grid. All the lighting is solar, and cooking and water-heating is on a gas system.

MAKALALI GAME RESERVE (Bushbuckridge Region)

Makalali Game Reserve is home Africa's "Big Five" and more than 1,000 other wild native animals. 

Tentative Schedule:

  • Johannesburg
  • Fly to Hoedspruit and on to the Wits Rural Facility
  • Wits Rural Facility
  • Olifants Camp in Kruger National Park
  • Tshulu Trust Camp
  • Makalali Game Reserve
  • Depart for US or other travels

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 Payments and Withdrawal Policies

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

  • Sustainability & Biology undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) students will be eligible if they are in good standing in their program.
  • Recommended undergraduate courses include SOS 110 & SOS 326, or BIO 320 or BIO 322.
  • Sustainability & Biology graduate students will be eligible if they are in good standing in their program or have been admitted into the graduate SOS program.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduates

Students that do not meet the listed qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, if space is available.


Students will enroll in the following course for a total of 3 credits: 
  • SOS/BIO 494/598: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
In addition, all students must register for a mandatory 1-credit pre-departure course in the Spring 2019 B Session:
  • SOS/BIO 494/598: Preparation for Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
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Faculty Directors

Dr. Daniel L Childers 
Professor, School of Sustainability
Office: WGHL 342
Phone:  480.965.2320

Dr. Scott Collins
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Phone: 505.239.5987



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Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared rooms at centrally-located hotels, research facilities, or field camps in each location. Faculty will be housed in the same locations as students.  Students will also stay 2 nights with local villagers in Ha-Makuya, near the Tshulu Trust Camp.  In most locations, meals will be included.  For our class discussions we will use conference rooms either in the hotels, at Wits Rural Facility (University of Witwatersrand), or in space provided by our hosting organizations.


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. This program includes safari rides and spending time in undeveloped villages in rural Africa. Participants will be required to traverse potentially uneven terrain and navigate small homes in the villages.  There may also be a great deal of walking, regular use of public transportation, and getting in and out of shuttle vans. 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 $6,100.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for three credits, program housing, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, most meals, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, passport , some meals, independent travel, and personal items.

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.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2019 06/20/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.