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SU 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.


The American University: Nairobi program is for students interested in a hands-on experience in dealing with public health issues on the ground in an urban, east African environment. All students 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. The program’s flagship course, “Community Health”, gives you the opportunity to go out and do a community diagnosis survey. Students will have the opportunity to shadow the doctors, accompany healthcare providers on home visits, organize and digitize medical records, and participate in various public health education campaigns in communities where they work. (fall only; application deadline is March 1)


In the Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management program, offered through SIT, classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems, including rainforests, dry spiny forests, alpine and transitional forests, savanna, gallery and littoral forests, mangroves, and coral reefs. The program is based in Fort Dauphin (Tolagnaro), a town of approximately 50,000 people.


The Augsburg College Southern Africa Studies program examines crucial issues from the perspectives of new democracies of southern Africa. The program begins and ends with a traveling seminar to South Africa, as Namibia won its independence from South Africa in 1990.

South Africa

The OTS at Duke University: African Ecology and Conservation in South Africa 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.