Programs by Country: South Africa + Dialogue of Civilizations

SOUTH AFRICA: Health and International Medicine (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Leader: Adam Thomas (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Frequently Asked Questions

Term: Summer I


  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations – Regional Engagement: South Africa
  • PT6239 Intercultural Health Care Delivery


In this Summer 1 Dialogue in South Africa, the students will be able to explore the South African health care system as well as attend lectures, excursions, and tours on South Africa culture and history. Students will visit many cities and townships within the country and have access to public and private medical facilities. By the end of this dialogue students will have a better understanding of social and economical impacts on health care systems and delivery. This Dialogue in South Africa will allow growth culturally as well as educationally, and will be a great learning opportunity for any student interested in health care.

SOUTH AFRICA: Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Leader: Dennis Shaughessy ( and Gordon Adomdza (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 7 from 6-7PM in 225 Richards Hall  RSVP HERE
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 14 from 5-6PM in 425 Hayden Hall RSVP HERE

Term: Summer II


  • ENTR3306 Global Development Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR3308 Business Economic History of Modern South Africa


The Field Research Program in South Africa is a hands-on, field based research program which is focuses on social entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa. Developed in 2008 by Professor Dennis Shaughnessy, this academically rigorous program will enable students to learn more about global development and how entrepreneurship can lift families out of poverty.

In Module 1, students will work directly with urban entrepreneurs from township communities to help grow their micro-businesses through the Entrepreneurs Consultation Project. Students will work in consulting teams with local students from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), which is a free business degree program for low-income students from the townships. At the end of Module 1, student teams will present a deliverable on behalf of their entrepreneur; select teams are eligible to receive funding of up to $10,000 USD from the NU-TSiBA MicroVenture Fund to support their entrepreneur’s business. This portion of the program allows students to gain real life "consultation" experience and also provides students with an understanding of real life venture capital for business development, particularly in an emerging market country such as South Africa.

In Module 2, students will study with Professor Gordon Adomdza at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business to learn about human centered design and social innovation for the base of the pyramid (BoP) market. Students will have the opportunity to consult directly for high impact social enterprises and nonprofit organizations in the Cape Town area. There will be a mid-semester break in Module 2 during which students will travel to Johannesburg to visit other large industries, social businesses, and enterprises.

The academic portion of the program includes subject material such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise development, micro-finance, impact investing, and small business management. Classes are supplemented with site visits to social businesses and enterprises in the surrounding Cape Town or Cape Flats area. Site visits also include guest lecturers from local social enterprises and businesses, visit(s) to Robben Island, Parliament and other historical/cultural sites. Students also attend guest lectures by South African historians, politicians, journalists, faculty, venture capitalists, doctors and researchers to engage students in discussion of topics relevant to South African history post-apartheid, and how the country’s controversial history has led to its modern day business climate.

Weekends include student led service learning projects and thoughtful community service. In this service learning exercise, students are encouraged to research which organizations they wish to support, and fundraise towards their project goal; this component of the program enables students to see impact of their own strategic social investing.

Weekends also include excursions, hiking trips, and an overnight safari.

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