Globalization, Environment & Society: Study Abroad in South Africa

About the Program

A junior year environmental study-abroad program, the Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Consortium Program offers its students a unique opportunity for focused study on the theme of "Globalization, Environment & Society." The program has been designed by the environmental studies faculty of these three liberal arts colleges in consultation with the University of Cape Town.

Students from the three Consortium schools, as well as those schools under cross-registration agreements with the three schools, may apply for the January-June, 2018 semester.

Learn more:

Planning Your Courses at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Consult these UCT course listings:

For undergraduate courses (i.e. those with prefixes in the 3000 range), only courses with the 'F' suffix must be chosen (this means first semester). Other suffixes e.g. S, W or H mean that the course is NOT suitable. For most postgraduate courses (4000-level) the semester is not specified (X and Z is the commonest suffix and it does not relate to semester offered) and it is usually not finalized, until the academic year in question, in which particular semester the module is actually offered. For the two compulsory 4000-level modules (i.e. Globalization and the research project) it is of course the first semester. Students accepted to the program should make their motivations on a curriculum that is structured as follows:

  • EGS 4034Z Globalization, Environment & Society
  • EGS 4029X Research Project in Environmental & Geographical Science
  • XXX 3000F Option 1
  • XXX 3000F Option 2

Read a sample report [pdf] produced by an independent study team.

University of Capetown

University of Cape Town with Table Mountain in the background.

To Apply

Students in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford-Swarthmore-UPenn African Studies consortium should contact Prof. E. Carr Everbach (, 610-328-8079) for more information.

Accepted Students

Once accepted, students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore must sign and have notarized a special "hold harmless release" form. [pdf]

All accepted students will need to complete the UCT application, provide a resume, an official academic transcript, and six photos:

These should all be sent to Rosa Bernard, Off-Campus Study Office, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081 by April 13, 2018.

UCT as seen from Table Mountain
UCT as seen from Table Mountain.