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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Subject Areas: Biology Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:

Urban Agriculture and Social Innovation in Cape Town, South Africa

Kay South Africa SU19


  • Explore the urban agriculture movement in the Cape Town area and the biological and social intersection with the past, present and future of South Africa
  • Learn through a combination of ecology field research experience, exposure to challenges and opportunities in urban food systems, and a deep immersion in a social context that brings to light the inequities that define many urban areas around the world. 
  • Excursions may include several urban farms, farmers markets, and local restaurants, cooking class with a member of the Indian community, religious festivals, the District Six museum (which explains forced resettlement during apartheid), and exposure to the natural culture, including hikes up Table Mountain and a visit to the Cape of Good Hope region.
  • “This class opened my eyes in ways that will inform my actions for the rest of my life.” – Maggie Schmaltz, 2019 participant
  • Prerequisites: If taken as BIOL 398, students must have received at least C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor
  • Fulfills: BIOL 198 or 398
Course Description
This course will introduce students to the biology of urban agriculture while exploring biological and social connections to the past, present, and future of Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the world. The goal of this class is to try to summarize existing information, identify key research gaps, and assess the scalability and sustainability of the urban agriculture movement while being exposed to some of the social and environmental challenges and opportunities in a major urban center. One main goal for the course will be for students to learn urban agriculture techniques in partnership with urban farmers in a Cape Town township. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in guided independent ecology research projects on one of the urban farms. The course will also visit numerous growing operations and distribution systems throughout Cape Town and will spend time reading and discussing content related to global and local issues related to the biology of food systems.
Location and Tentative Dates
June 1                  Departure from U.S.  
June 2                  Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa
June 27                Depart Cape Town, South Africa   

Housing and Meals
Housing will be in dormitory-style accommodations. There will be some group meals, but exact numbers are still to be determined.

Students will book their own flights for this program and must travel from the U.S directly to Cape Town. Wait for instruction from the program director before booking a flight.

Application Procedures & Deadline 
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Applications will be accepted for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of March 1, 2021.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures. You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Financial Aid/Scholarships 
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.

For more information
On course content and flights, contact the program director: Prof Adam Kay at 651-335-1539,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

This program is currently not accepting applications.