South African Studies Program
This is a program based at the Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town. Cape Town is a city of three million people of a variety of ethnicities. It was established in 1652 as a harbor for Dutch ships and is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are courses which focus on South African experiences of moving from apartheid to reconciliation and re-building. South Africa continues to experience the rewards and challenges of those dramatic political and social changes.
Each semester students will take two required courses taken during orientation, South Africa: History, People, and Culture and Supervised Study: An Overview of the Role of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Students then choose 4 other courses, offerings vary depending on semester. Some course offerings are more general and may apply to the GFU general education requirements. Examples are: History of Christianity, Introduction to Sociology, and Cultural Anthropology. Still other courses may be applicable to a major, such as: Perspectives on Transformation, Pauline Writings, Urban and Rural Development, and Psychology of Development. The semester concludes with a service-learning practicum.
Students typically are given the opportunity to spend two weeks in residence in a black township. They also may take trips to such places as Table Mountain, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Mayibuye Struggle Museum, Addo National Park, Robben Island, and Eastern Cape.
The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox University off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad or downloaded here).
• Cornerstone Institute application*
*The Cornerstone application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. There is NO language requirement.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox Univesity while participating at Cornerstone, academic credit is awarded by George Fox. Students will typically take between 15-16 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
Classes are structured in modules which meet one day per week for three to four hours per week, for seven weeks. Students take four modules per week. South African universities use a different credit system than the U.S., with a student earning about 40 hours of credit per semester. These are converted to U.S. credits when transferred to a U.S. university.
Students stay with local families selected by Cornerstone Institute. Two or three American students stay in the host home together unless individual homestays are requested. Institute staff assist in determining the safest and most economical means of getting from the home to the campus, including walking, riding with others, or public transport.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees (an additional fee is required to attend some programs). Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.