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  • Locations: Durban, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 06/08/2018
Rolling Admission 06/20/2018 07/10/2018
Summer 2019 05/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Faculty Advisor: Subban, Jennifer, Dr. Registration Term: Summer C
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:



Program Description:South Africa

 This service learning experience benefits both South African students and WSU students who also learn from the leadership training they will
             The program begins with an examination of the processes and practices of community development, including those advocated by international agencies such as the United Nations Development Program and South African agencies and non-governmental organizations.  WSU students will engage with local government personnel, educators, community residents, and nongovernmental agency professionals as they embark on this journey.  
WSU students will be trained to facilitate a community-based leadership workshop designed to teach high school students to assess their communities, plan service projects, and utilize their personal and community assets to implement them. WSU students will also conduct classes under the direction of Dr. Subban and other professionals who contribute their content expertise.  In past programs, the community based-Leadership training has been implemented in five themed areas: Community Based Leadership and Service, Youth Entrepreneurship, Sports (Soccer), Art (Visual and Poetry), Photography, Music and Film.   An added benefit is that WSU Students will work in the City of Durban (eThekwini), a city committed to innovation and sustainable development. Durban is a vibrant coastal city that offers a range of cultural experiences, excellent for students interested in innovative community development practices.

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Academic Course Information:

Students of all majors are invited to join this program.  Students will enroll in URS 4490 Global Youth Development for summer C term. The class will meet regularly to learn the foundations of community-based youth leadership and participate in a “lab” to gain hands on experience with leadership training strategies.
Additionally, there will be mandatory meetings to learn more about South Africa and the city of Durban. They include conversations about the country’s history and culture, it’s social and political climate, the communities we serve, and ways make the most of your Ambassador experience. 
All study abroad students are required to participate in a mandatory online pre-departure orientation offered by the UCIE before travel to South Africa.

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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Jennifer Subban, a native of South Africa, has a PhD in Urban Studies and is an Associate Professor of Urban and Public Affairs.  She has been involved in a range of community development projects in New Orleans and Dayton.  Most recently she has been working to build community capacity among youth in Durban and has supported local community building efforts.  Her efforts efforts earned her the College of Liberal Arts and the Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service. Dr. Subban also directs the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate which prepares students as nonprofit professionals.  Her work with the youth leadership training builds on the goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute which she delivered to Dayton Area high school students through the Wright LEAD program with assistance from graduate students in the MPA program. Dr. Subban has been implementing this project in Durban every summer since 2010.  She collaborates with local and South African agencies and schools to ensure the project is effective.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Students will live in modest accommodations that accommodate two persons per room. Meals will include individual meal choices as well as meals prepared for the group (when students are working with schools or have working dinners).  Students will have several opportunities to explore local restaurants on evenings and free days.  South Africa has strong influences from many cultures around the world and this is reflected in their cuisine, which includes African, European, Indian and Malaysian influences.
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Getting There:

 Students will coordinate the flight to purchase with Dr. Subban closer to the time of departure.   UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.

South Africa
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Program Costs:

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

 The cost of the program is $2500. This includes lodging, some meals, health and accident insurance, local travel costs, and costs related to cultural
activities and excursions. 
Not included: airfare, some meals, passport application fees, and tuition.

To officially reserve a spot on the program, you will need an application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500 upon application.
$1000 will be due March 1
$1000 will be due May 1
All payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust program price up to 10%. 
WSU financial aid is applicable to this program and scholarships and fundraising opportunities are available.
Talk to Dr. Subban before you decide you can’t afford this opportunity.

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Affording the Program:South African Scenery

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.

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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:South Africa

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with  UHP International Insurance through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator


Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Jennifer Subban
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