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SAO Faculty Led Program: GLBL 298: Globalization and Urban Inequalities in Cape Town, South Africa (winter)
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Winter Break
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Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
GLBL 298 South Africa

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Office present
a Fall/Winter Faculty-Led Program:

GLBL 298: Globalization and Urban Inequalities
Cape Town, South Africa

On Campus Class Meetings: Begin 2nd 8 weeks of Fall 2016 term. Wednesdays from 5-8 pm in 19 Temple Buell Hall.
Program Dates Abroad:  January 2-14, 2017
Application Deadline: September 15, 2016

Course Description

Syllabus - 
GLBL S Africa Syllabus WB16-17.docx

In this course students will explore how current, neo-liberal and global economic forces shape and are shaping Cape Town's gendered, racial and spatial landscapes of violent exclusion at the neighborhood and city wide scales. Specifically, we will walk Cape Town’s rich, white urban center and gentrifying suburbs, its poor, black peri-urban townships and informal shack settlements of refugees to map and document how permanent and temporary residents claim citizenship of their city. Students will journal their “walking-in-place” experiences and reflect on how the many, different and interacting social hierarchies of inhabitants struggle for a dignified livelihood and livable space in the city. It should appeal to students from a range of arts and humanities majors including urban planning, geography, sociology, social work, community health,law and civil engineering

Ken Salo
FacultyLeader Bio
Professor Salo teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental racism, land law and urban movements for social justice. He has led study abroad programs to highlight how social movements of the urban poor are struggling against persistent racial, gendered and economic logic underpinning contemporary post-apartheid forms of spatial and social exclusion in Cape Town since 2008.

Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, the SAO will organize a group flight for this course, as long as there are more than 10 participants. All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight.

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How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 study abroad systems fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
All of the application process can be completed online.
All faculty-led program applications require at minimum:
  • 5 short answer personal essay questions (max of 200 words each)
  • Passport photocopy OR receipt as proof of application for a new or renewed passport (passport must be valid)
  • Unofficial Illinois transcript (not required for first semester freshmen)
  • A few short questionnaires and signature documents 
*It is at the program leader’s discretion to require an interview as part of the application process. 
Program Academics & Eligibility

This course is worth 3 credits. 

Application Requirements: Illinois undergraduates
Language of Instruction: English

*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants. 
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Housing & Meals
Housing: Double rooms with other program participants in safe and secure hotels/hostels in Cape Town, incl. Highbury and Devonshire Houses of Riverview Lodge. 
Meals: Most meals per day are included in the program fee. Students will be responsible for any meals/drinks beyond the included meals. 
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Program Fees
If the Illinois Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, you will have 1 week to change your status of accepted to committed. If you withdraw after committing to the program, there is a non-refundable $300 withdrawal fee. Depending on when you withdraw, there could also be additional non-refundable fees. 

2016-17 estimated PROGRAM FEE: $3,100-3,350 (based on 12-16 committed students - see below for overall total)
2015-16 estimated PROGRAM FEE: $3,144 (based on 16 committed students-see below for overall total)
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.
Program Fee Includes: Round-trip airfare (Chicago - Cape Town), airport transfers, housing and meals, orientation programs, program excursions, and international health insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include: Personal expenses while abroad (est. $300) and passport/visa fees (if applicable). These are off budget costs that are estimated and will be expenses that come out of your own pocket. 

2016-17 estimated TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee: $3,400-$3,650
2015-16 estimated TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee: $3,444 (based on 16 committed students)

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Scholarship Opportunities

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination. Non-LAS students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.

You should also apply for the Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship.  For more information, click here.  If you are a non-LAS student, be sure to contact your college about any possible scholarship opportunities.
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Contact Information

For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the faculty leader, Prof. Ken Salo or the Office of Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange (IAGE). The Office of IAGE is located at:
910 S. Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.