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World Partner Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

To begin your application, click the link in the appropriate program title, and then ‘Apply Now.’ Most program applications are due March 15 for fall and October 1 for spring. Please note that some programs have early application dates –  check the individual program pages for details.


American University: Nairobi: Understand issues of public health in Kenya and the developing world in general. You’ll gain hands-on experience dealing with public health issues on the ground in an urban East African environment. You’ll participate in a public health-related internship in Nairobi and take required courses related to public health and Swahili at both the University of Nairobi and the AU Nairobi Center.

Program type: Hybrid and field-based


Madagascar’s unique evolutionary path has produced an immeasurable contribution to the world’s biodiversity—more than 80 percent of its flora and fauna are endemic. In the  Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management program,
classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods encourage you to analyze environmental issues in a vast array of ecosystems.

Program type: Field-based

South Africa

The Organization for Tropical Studies: African Ecology & Conservation program is designed for biology majors but open to students from all disciplines. The program is based in Kruger National Park in eastern South Africa. Field study and research exercises at several camps within the park expose you to the different types of savanna that are home to the park’s abundant wildlife.

Program type: Field-based

Fordham in Pretoria offers you a structured and supportive environment for study and engagement with the South Africa people and their history. You will tackle ethical questions about justice, faith, personal beliefs, poverty, and social change. The program is based at the University of Pretoria, the leading research university in South Africa. There are a number of field trips
and excursions to Soweto (one of the largest townships in Johannesburg), Nelson Mandela’s house, and a weeklong visit to Cape Town.

Program type: Hybrid

Offered through SIT, the Social and Political Transformation program illuminates South Africa’s complexity and diversity from both historical and contemporary contexts. South Africa is striving to free itself of a legacy of racial discrimination, economic exploitation, and political authoritarianism to build a new democratic and equitable regime. Through coursework and community engagement, students will discover the significant role that Durban, the program’s base, has played in South African history.

Program type: Field-based

The Community Health and Social Policy program, offered through SIT, focuses on topics such as the relationship between traditional healing and state-of-the-art medicine, prenatal care, access to health care, and health education. The program emphasizes the role of research, the influence of the media, the roles of the state and private enterprise, and the agency of community members. The program is based in Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city.

Program type: Field-based

South Africa is striving to implement a very progressive national constitution, restructure local governments, have all levels of government working to one cohesive end, deliver basic services to all communities, and come to terms with a high rate of societal violence and a still-uneasy racial divide. Students on the Multiculturalism and Human Rights program, will explore these issues. The program is based in Cape Town.

Program type: Field-based


As a result of two decades of economic and political reforms, the private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations in Uganda are vibrant and expansive. Based in the capital city Kampala, the Development Studies program will explore social issues that come with these transformations, along with topics related to development theory, foreign aid, and the sustainability of Uganda’s recent advances.

Program type: Field-based