Studying in South Africa

Studying in South Africa exposes students to a diverse learning experience and a fascinating culture that spans bustling urban districts, cosmopolitan dining and shopping centers and stunning vistas marked by breathtaking natural beauty.

The South Africa Study Away program focuses on journalism, and offers students the opportunity to produce a body of photographic work, a journalistic and documentary narrative, or a South African–focused multimedia research project that includes audio, photography, text and video.

If you do not have a journalism or production background and are interested in pursuing something like term paper–style research, your work must include a media-focused topic that takes advantage of being in South Africa. You’ll also contribute to an award-winning collective social media site throughout the course of program.

Temple University South Africa summer 2014 student Cambriae Bates won an EPPY award for her feature video, Mother Told Me, Speak.

    Seven-Week Program Schedule

    • Week 1: Spend the first week on Temple’s Main Campus, where you’ll attend orientation sessions that include presentations on South African culture, history and politics, as well as instruction on multimedia production reporting, research techniques and social media for reporters.
    • Weeks 2–5: Explore and study in South Africa. 
    • Weeks 6–7: Complete postproduction and research projects on Temple’s Main Campus.
    • Term available: summer
    • Dates: May 17–June 19, 2017
    • Internship: There are no internships, but there is a strong emphasis on fieldwork and research.
    • Courses (6 credits): Foreign Studies in Journalism
    • Faculty: SMC faculty program leader
    • Student life: Stay in housing in the young, trendy neighborhood of Melville, a suburb of Johannesburg. Your stay includes a tour of SABC (South African Broadcasting Corp.) and radio and TV (news and drama) production studios, as well as a safari through the Pilanesbur Game Reserve.
    • Program is open to Graduate students, in addition to undergraduates.
    • Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2017