South Africa 2024: Global Perspectives - History and Biology

South Africa is often called the "Rainbow Nation" because of its diverse people groups, religions, and cultures.  It is also a geographically diverse and rich nation, comprised of eight different biomes across the country. The 2024 Study Abroad program to Cape Town, South Africa will be an interdisciplinary experience for students in Biology and World History classes.

The History cohort will learn about key aspects of South Africa's history, its effects on society today, and the ways in which individuals and communities are working towards healing, reconciliation, and equity.  Through a combination of guest speakers, interactive learning experiences, and ethical service learning in Cape Town's vulnerable areas, students will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in local communities and gain insight into the culture, customs and history of South Africa. This program encourages students to understand the value of diversity, with particular focus on multidisciplinary and multicultural collaboration.

The Biology cohort will investigate the intersections between humanity and science in Cape Town, South Africa.  Students will learn about the social climate of Cape Town and the impact of politics and economics on human experiences and behavior, which in turn impact the environment.  Student will also learn about the impact of nature on society.  Students will work closely with marine biologists at Cape RADD through service-learning activities and research that promotes marine biodiversity and ocean conservation. This program encourages students to develop a sense of agency to address vital social and environmental issues.

Study Abroad in South Africa

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Travel Dates

June 7-21, 2024

Estimated travel dates; subject to change.


Program Costs

$4,846: This cost is approximate and includes the application and insurance fee paid to Central Piedmont. Once you are accepted into the program, the leader will provide you with additional information about how to submit payment.

Included in Program Fee

- round-trip airfare
- lodging 
- some meals 
- in-country transportations 
- service-learning experiences 
- various cultural learning excursions and experiences

Not Included in Program Fee

- passport and visa fees (if applicable)
- Central Piedmont course registration associated with the program
- personal expenses (e.g., meals in airports and not included in program, snacks, souvenirs)

  • Who May Participate

    This program is open to all North Carolina community college students, Central Piedmont employees, and community members.

Associated Courses

You must register for the summer 2024 term:

- If you are seeking academic credit for your participation, you must register for Biology 112 or World Civilizations II.

- If you are not seeking to earn academic credit for your participation, you must register for TVL 7800 – a non-curriculum course.


For questions about the Global Perspectives Biology Program, contact Lauren Jackson or Richie Skaggs.

For questions about the Global Perspectives History Program, contact Katrina Johnson or Teresa Hall.

Application Information & Deadlines

Directions: Complete the following three steps to apply to study abroad with Central Piedmont in 2024:

1. Submit your Study Abroad Application using the "Apply Now" link above.  (The Center for Global Engagement will review all applicants for records of conduct, academic infractions, or financial obligations to the college.)

2. Pay the non-refundable $100 application fee. 

3. Submit your recorded video interview.

Note: The Center for Global Engagement will email you directions, after you submit your Study Abroad Application, for paying your application fee and submitting your video interview.

Application Deadlines:

September 22: 1st application deadline

November 10: 2nd application deadline

December 12: 3rd application deadline

January 19: 4th application deadline

Required Next Steps:

1. Review the Required Intake Day Meetings schedule below and save the next meeting available after you submitted your application on your schedule.

October 20, 2023 | 1 - 1:30 p.m.: Intake Day Meeting for first application deadline

December 1, 2023 | 1 - 1:30 p.m.: Intake Day Meeting for second application deadline

January 19, 2024 |  1 - 1:30 p.m.: Intake Day Meeting for third application deadline

February 9, 2024 | 1 - 1:30 p.m.: Intake Day Meeting for fourth application deadline

2. Pay a required $500 commitment deposit within 45 days of acceptance to a study abroad program prior to December 1. 

Note: Acceptance after December 1 may require a larger initial payment or payment in full, depending on acceptance date and program requirements.