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  • Program Terms: Summer II
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  • Restrictions: WMU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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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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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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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 may arrange to earn credit through their department prior to beginning the internship, or they can earn elective credits through the internship provider's school of record. Most academic departments have an internship or independent study course that they may award credit for when students complete these types of opportunities. Please discuss the process of earning credit with your study abroad specialist prior to submitting an application.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Program budget depends on how credit will be earned for participation. Please schedule an appointment with the study abroad specialist indicated at the bottom of this page to get discuss your plans and obtain a cost estimate.

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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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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Internship Begins: June 3, 2020
Internship Ends: August 3, 2020

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Ryan Rounds
Study Abroad Specialist
2425F Ellsworth Hall
(269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)

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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.