UMKC Study Abroad Cape Town - South Africa
My time at UWC was
possibly the most profound experience of my professional
education. Culturally, I found South Africans to be
warm, inviting, and almost without limits in their
capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation. The
diversity of Cape Town is extraordinary. I interacted
with Malay, Hindu, Christian, Zulu, Tembu, Xhosa
(Mandela’s tribe) and many more.
Former UMKC health sciences student after studying at University of the
May 25-June 1, 2013 in Cape Town South Africa
deadline: February 8, 2013
intensive pre-trip class sessions: February 23
April 12 &13, April 26 & 27, and a post trip
debriefing in June/July 2013.
Earn 3 UMKC credits in through this intensive,
interdisciplinary health course led by UMKC Health Administration faculty
from UMKC’s Bloch School and hosted by UMKC's
sister institution, University of the Western
Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.
Course Number: PA 5587/470
The course will focus broadly on global
health from the perspectives of national and
international policy, economic and cultural
issues, and activities that can alleviate the
world-wide burden of disease. Intensive pre-trip
sessions will include sessions on South African
economic, political and social history in a 21st
century context, recognizing the extraordinary
dynamism of this very important country. Upon
their return to Kansas City, students will be
asked to reflect on their experience.
Students with an interest in health care as a
clinical, political or economic topic are
invited to participate in this unique
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is South Africa’s second largest
city. It is famous for its spectacular
geographic setting with iconic Table Mountain
overlooking “the Fairest Cape in all the world”.
Forbes calls it one of the most beautiful cities
on the globe. Apart from its physical beauty,
Cape Town boasts great cultural diversity, a
vibrant jazz scene and is at the heart of a
legendary wine producing region. Its
significance in the overturning of apartheid
cannot be overemphasized.
The University of the
Located in a northern suburb of Cape Town, UWC
enjoys a proud history, having grown from a minor
university of the apartheid era for local “colored”
students to become a prominent force for political and
academic freedom in modern South Africa. Archbishop
Desmond Tutu serves as Chancellor of UWC.
In 1986, the University of Missouri became the
first American university to sign an agreement of
academic cooperation with a historically black South
African university. Since that time, both systems have
benefitted from years of student and faculty exchanges.
The School of Public Health at UWC has become a
major resource in promoting optimal health in South
Africa and within the world’s developing nations. It
accomplishes this by preparing well informed policy
makers and public health workers who share “a commitment
to equity, social justice and human rights”. Local
course work and field trips will be led by faculty from
the UWC School of Public Health.
to view the syllabus for the Cape town summer study abroad program
Post course excursion
An optional visit to a South African game park,
or to the wine country
will be arranged for students wishing to extend their
Students will stay in off-campus houses near the
campus to experience Cape Town community life. Single
and shared accommodations are available. Students will
be responsible for their own meals.
Travel to Cape Town
Students will travel independently to Cape Town
and back to Kansas City. Several students may wish to
travel together. Cape Town International Airport is 45
minutes from the UWC campus.
Students are advised to check with their home
academic units or the Financial Aid office regarding the
availability of financial assistance.
UMKC tuition and fees for three credit hours
Program fee-$750 (includes lodging, group
meals, local group transportation, some entrance fees)
Mandatory Study Abroad insurance: $45
Personal Necessities: $100
Passport-$100 (no visa required for US Citizens)
The University of Missouri System requires each
study abroad participant to enroll in the UM HTH
Worldwide Health Insurance Plan for the period of their
program. HTH specializes in study abroad. The UM System
has worked with them to create a comprehensive plan
fitting our specific needs. Insurance is approximately
$50 with no deductible.
Further information can be obtained from: Bloch
School faculty (Mr. Michael Wood
Tel 816-361-9693 or Dr. Arif Ahmed
Tel 816-235-2319); International Academic Programs (email@example.com
Application deadline: February 8, 2013
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Please turn in all application forms and letters of
recommendation to the Bloch School.