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  • Program Terms: Summer II
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  • Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2018 Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

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Program Overview

Students will intern for 2 months during the summer in Cape Town. Internship placement is available in a variety of fields, including business, health, non-profit management, and travel & tourism. South Africa is a relatively new destination for our partners, so students of all majors are encouraged to apply as placements are being developed regularly. Throughout the internship, students will take an internship seminar that focuses on educating their cohort about popular business practices and challenges in South Africa and discussing the cultural differences between the work environments of Cape Town and the U.S.

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Location

Placement will be available in Cape Town, South Africa. The city is home to dynamic industry leaders that are eager to host our interns. As the capital city in the Western Cape province, Cape Town is an ideal location for students pursuing hospitality and tourism placements. It is also the cultural and economic hub of Cape Colony, so it is also a great location for business placements.

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Academics

Academic Eligibility
2.5 GPA, Good Academic Standing. 

Academic Program
Our partner organization is able to place students in many different sectors including general business, finance and accounting, tourism and travel, marketing, nonprofit management, and health. A full list of available sectors can be viewed online.

Academic Credit
Students must arrange to earn credit through their department prior to beginning the internship. Most academic departments have an internship or independent study course that they may award credit for when students complete these types of opportunity. Please discuss the process of earning credit with your study abroad specialist prior to applying.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost
Program budget for summer 2018 is still being negotiated. Please schedule an appointment with the study abroad specialist indicated at the bottom of this page to get discuss a cost estimate.

Scholarship
Students are encouraged to check with their individual college and department to see if scholarships for study abroad may be available. Please also view our scholarship page on the website for additional funding opportunities.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead! Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget. 

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Housing

Students will be housed in furnished group housing, near modern conveniences and public transportation. Bedrooms may be single or shared, and students will share bathrooms and kitchens. Students expect a commute of 30-45 minutes, depending on their internship placement.

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Itinerary

Summer 2018 dates are not yet available. Students should expect the internship to begin mid-June and end mid-August.

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Contacts:
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2425F Ellsworth Hall
(269) 387-5890
joseph.rasich@wmich.edu

Host Institution Information (external links)
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Country Information (external links)
Lonely Planet - South Africa 
Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - South Africa
Culturegram - South Africa
StudentsAbroad

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