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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Child & Family Development (CFD)
Minimum Required GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Other Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: Internship College Designation: COE
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
South Africa


Traveling to South Africa not only offers opportunities for immersion in rich cultural and historical experiences but also allows students to work under the direction of Lionhearted Kids in bringing psychosocial care to underserved communities in Cape Town. This program offers opportunities for service learning in environments that push students outside their comfort zone and expand their understanding of the world. Learning takes place within and outside the prescribed course objectives as students experience the history, beauty, culture, and daily life of Cape Town, including Robben Island, hiking Lion’s Head and the Table Mountains, a visit to local townships, the Cape of Good Hope, and safari.

Program Fee: $4,660

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation 
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals  
  • Optional Excursion: Shark Cage Diving ($150, including lunch and diving)
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • CFD 499 (3)
  • CFD 790 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Cara Smith
Childhood Education and Family Studies


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
February 15 Introduction to course/practicum expectations
March 22 South Africa History and Culture. Introduction to mindfulness. Assignment: Student Cultural Reports and assessments
April 19 Meeting psychosocial needs in developing countries. Assignment: Psychosocial support activity plans
Assignment: Mindsight Reading Quiz
Program Itinerary   
May 24 Depart Kansas City
May 25 Arrive in South Africa
May 26 Program Orientation, Tour of Cape Town
May 27 Biscuit Mill, District 6 Museum, Robben Island
May 28 Red Cross/ Maitland Orientation, Lionhearted Kids Orientation, Africa Cafe
May 29 Red Cross, Meet and Eat
May 30 Lionhearted Kids Training
May 31 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 1 Lionhearted Kids Training
June 2 Lionshead Hike, Hout Bay Market
June 3 Township Tour & Spice Route
June 4 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 5 Lionhearted Kids Training
June 6 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 7 Lionhearted Kids Training
June 8 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 9 Garden Route Game Lodge and Safari
June 10 Garden Route Game Lodge and Safari
June 11 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 12 Lionhearted Kids Training
June 13 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 14 Lionhearted Kids Training
June 15 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 16 Table Mountain Hike
June 17 Zipline Tour
June 18 Red Cross/ Maitland Cottage
June 19 Lionhearted Kids Training, Meet and Eat
June 20 Red Cross: Last Day, Goodbyes
June 21 Lionhearted Kids Final Training
June 22 Optional Shark Cage Diving at Student Expense
June 23 Final Exploring, Depart Cape Town
June 24 Arrive in Kansas City
Post-Program Meetings Topic

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.