South Africa | CAS International Programs and Education Abroad | Kent State University

This course is an adventure into South Africa, designed to introduce students to the South Africa savanna and Cape floral kingdom (fynbos and Succulent Karoo).

Students will learn how to apply modern field-observation techniques to generate and test problem-solving hypotheses. Students will visit field sites (Wits Rural Facility and Cape Town) and collect data for field projects of their own design. Students will be introduced to their projects and background information on South Africa in the 1C Fall 2018 Special Topics: South Africa Prep Course: BSCI 40195-008 (mandatory). In the 4C Spring semester 2019 course, students will conduct data analysis, form conclusions, and share results with their classmates, in addition to completing written reports for reach of their field projects.

This field experience course is ideal for undergraduate students who have taken introductory ecology or similar field-based course, and for graduate students interested in field-study techniques or teaching methods in ecology.

Please note: This course will require extensive physical activity including hiking and carrying field equipment. Participants should expect weather in the upper 70s/80s°F, with a considerable amount of time spent in the sun.

Field course to south africa: johannesburg and cape town

5 credit hours (1C Fall 2018, 4C Spring 2019)

Program Dates: December 27, 2018 - January 10, 2019
Professor: Dr. David Ward

Cost Breakdown

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Administrative Fees
(includes GeoBlue Health Insurance and OCDE fees)



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Estimated Total Cost



Program Fee Includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, activity and entrance fees, and meals
2 This total does not include vaccinations and tuition. For students enrolled in the Fall/Spring semester, the credit hour will be included your total Fall (1 credit) and Spring (4 Credit) semester credit hours. Additional tuition charges may apply, depending on the credit hour cap.
Estimated Personal Cost (not included): passport ($135), snacks, souvenir shopping, free time activities, etc.

Updated October 08, 2018.


Application deadline: September 16, 2018
Acceptance by: September 24, 2018
Non-Refundable Deposit ($250): September 16-28, 2018
First payment due: October 15, 2018 
Final payment due: November 15, 2018

*Payments are to be made online through the program website. You may start your payments immediately upon acceptance on this program. There are no exceptions for late payments and failure to make a payment by the deadline will result in forfeiting your seat on the program.

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Students MUST attend one of the Office of Global Education's mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions: 

  • Friday, November 9, 2018, Bowman Hall, room 137, 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

  • Friday, November 30, 2018, Bowman Hall, room 137, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Contact Information

Dr. David Ward |
Professor and Herrick Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Alyssa Mazey, M.Ed. l
Assistant Director of International Programs and Education Abroad