Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind
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. Earn additional credit in Political Science, Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies, or History.
CGEE’s experiential programs will include class visits with community members throughout the semester, such as: members of the African National Congress and opposition parties, church leaders, feminist and human rights activists, and many others!
Courses available include:
- 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, and rural areas of Namibia.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines
- Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
- Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
- any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
- the course approval process
- how to apply to Other Approved Programs
- Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
- Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
- Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
- Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
- Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
- View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
- Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program provider.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA