Nation-building and Decolonizing the Mind in Southern Africa
Students learn about historical and present-day challenges in creating national identity, an inclusive multi-party democracy, and a model for development. Studying Namibia and South Africa’s model and approach to such issues provides a useful context for understanding globalization and nation-building struggles throughout the world. Gain hands-on work experience in a development agency through an academic internship for credit.
Courses & Internships
- Learn about the challenges posed by underdevelopment, globalization, extreme inequality, and the legacies of apartheid.
- Frequent guest speakers, excursions, and hands-on active learning to immerse you in the community and culture.
- Complete a for-credit internship at a local nonprofit that serves the community in which you are studying.
- Participate on a program run by an organization dedicated to social justice, which uplifts the voices of underrepresented and marginalized peoples in all programs.
- Host family stays with welcoming and friendly families in each country. Gay and lesbian-friendly homestays in Windhoek available upon request!
- Political and Social Change in Southern Africa (Political Science 353)
- Environmental connections: Environment and Sustainability in Southern Africa (Environmental Studies 100)
- Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S. (History 327)
- The Politics of Development in Southern Africa (Political Science 354)
- Religion and Social Change in Southern Africa (Religion 376)
- An internship or an independent study for credit in: Cross-Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, or Religion
- Yoga (Recreational Wellness 118)
Students will stay in the CGEE house for a portion of the semester, a 10-minute walk from downtown Windhoek. A vibrant capital city; students will find traditional and international cuisines, art galleries, contemporary shopping malls, live concerts, and public gardens where festivals are held throughout the year. Students can travel anywhere from an outdoor craft and food market in Windhoek’s township areas to a movie theater in the suburbs for one low taxi fare. Students are sure to run into many friendly faces as they explore the various cultural and entertainment activities that this community has to offer. Students will also have host family stays throughout the semester in both rural and urban areas of Namibia and South Africa.
In addition to the Windhoek portion of the program, students will also have the opportunity to travel, with built-in excursions (included in the cost of the program) to Johannesburg, Cape Town, and the Eastern Cape in South Africa, as well as short trips to Etosha Game National Reserve, the Atlantic Coast, Lüderitz, and rural areas of Namibia.
For More Information
Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must have at least sophomore standing and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. You should consult with your academic advisor and the Office of Global Education as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to start planning for study abroad. Valpo students can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The application is facilitated online through the Terra Dotta application management software. Upon beginning your application, you will be able to view requirements to complete an application laid out in a to-do list style page. Once an item is complete, a check box will be marked so you can easily identify which items are still outstanding.
Once all items are marked off, you will be able to submit your application. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in.
- Meeting with Study Abroad Advisor
- $75 Application Fee
- Read & E-sign Visa Application Responsibility
- Submit your Study Abroad Course Planning Worksheet
- Electronic Signature Consent
- General Questionnaire
- Passport Information
- Personal Statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- General Academic Recommendation
- Academic Advisor Form
Applications will be reviewed by the language department alongside the Office of Global Education staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
- Academic Year & Fall semester: March 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
- Spring semester: October 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
Students are welcome to meet with the program advisor at any time to assist with planning. Students are able and encouraged to start planning well before they would complete an application, and it's very common that they are working with study abroad staff a semester, or even a year or two beforehand. It's important for them to understand how study abroad courses will fit into their degree program, and start considering cost and funding information and the initial scholarship search.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Once students are officially accepted, post-acceptance items will also be facilitated through the Terra Dotta software in the same fashion, though additional requirements may be requested via e-mail. It's important to the Office of Global Education's preparation process that students are engaged throughout the process and being mindful of all requirements, shared information, and deadlines.
All study abroad program participants are required to complete pre-departure orientation. This will include a mix of online modules and information as well as meetings to ensure students are as prepared as possible. Of course, students are welcome to meet with their study abroad advisor as many times as they'd like to ensure they are on track and things are clear and to ask questions as they come up.
See the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee to Valparaiso University for the term(s) abroad. Any scholarships or financial aid apply, except for aid that requires on-campus participation (work-study and some athletic and music scholarships). Room and board will be charged per the rates set by Augsburg CGEE. Program fees include tuition (16 credits), full room and board, all program-related excursions, in-country costs and airport transfers.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines.
Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert - Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
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Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.