South Africa & Eswatini

The CIE is excited to announce this brand new program in partnership with Kaya Responsible Travel. Join us on this program to two vibrant and unique African countries to study South Africa's rich and diverse history and culture, jump into the classroom at local primary schools in Eswatini, and get off the beaten path while learning about animal conservation.

South Africa: South Africa is a land of incredible beauty and breathtaking landscapes that range from the lush forests of the Garden Route to the desolate Karoo semi-desert. This “world-in-one-country” diversity is reflected in the people of South Africa with its eleven national languages and array of different cultures, customs and religions. However, it is also a country that faces challenges that can often seem insurmountable, prevalent in areas such as: high unemployment rates, corruption, poor educational outcomes, poverty and the legacy of Apartheid. It is against this backdrop that students are invited to engage with the fascinating history of South Africa during their experience abroad.

Eswatini: Recently renamed from its colonial name of Swaziland, Eswatini is one of the smallest countries in Africa, as well as one of the only remaining monarchies on the continent. Teeming with culture, wildlife and adventure, its landscape is diverse, with mountains running along its Mozambique border, savannas in the East, and rainforests in the Northwest. A majority of our program will be based in one of Eswatini's most beautiful valleys, Ezulwini, the Zulu word for paradise. It is here that King Mswati III lives in a grand residence and rules the Kingdom with his Queen Mother or Ndlovukazi/She-Elephant. Eswatini has been badly hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and in 2010, it was estimated that close to 200,000 children had been orphaned. Additionally, around 66% of the population is unable to meet their basic food needs, with 43% living in chronic poverty. Thus, this destination provides a great opportunity for students to learn first-hand about these issues related to education and public health.

Program Highlights:

  • Explore the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, and dive into the history of Apartheid while also learning how that harsh history still shapes the country's identity and culture. A visit to Nelson Mandela's former home and other historic sites, along with a stop for some local cuisine will certainly be a highlight of the day!
  • Work alongside education and public health professionals in rural destinations throughout Eswatini. This is a great opportunity to work in the classroom in another country, and may inspire future research ideas and help build confidence and first-hand experience in a new setting.
  • Experience the wonder of Africa while visiting Malolotja Nature Reserve, one of Eswatini's largest and most popular parks to experience wildlife. One of the best ways to take in the incredible views here is on an unforgettable ziplining tour!
  • Meet and learn from locals throughout our journey - tour Lobamba village, visit local craft markets, learn how Swazi candles are made, and listen to traditional stories around a bonfire! 
  • Take in the sights and sounds at Bushfire Music Festival, a fundraiser festival that benefits local Swazi non-profits focused on health, education, and environmental issues.


Qualifying freshman, sophomore, and transfer students can use their SPARK Grant for this short-term study abroad program.

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    At A Glance

    Term: Summer A 2025

    Program Level: Undergraduate

    Program Types: Experiential Learning

    Major(s): Open to all majors, and of particular interest to the following majors:

    • Anthropology
    • Community Youth Development
    • Education
    • Global Sustainability
    • International & Global Studies
    • History
    • Museums, Archives & Public History
    • Music Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Political Science
    • Public Health
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Sports & Entertainment Management

    Language Requirement: None

    Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5