Ubuntu: Fordham in Pretoria, A Service-Learning Program

In the past few decades, South Africa’s transformation has captured the attention of people around the world, and in recent years students have, in increasing numbers, sought educational opportunities abroad in this emerging democratic nation. The vast challenges faced by a society attempting to provide equal access to opportunity and the energy with which South Africans have committed themselves to bring about meaningful changes, provide an ideal environment for a study abroad program. Ubuntu, the Fordham in Pretoria program, offers you a structured and supportive environment for study and engagement with South African people and their history while also offering an array of opportunities to do valuable service and to reflect on your experience.

Based at the University of Pretoria, the leading research university in South Africa, and in collaboration with The Jesuit Institute of South Africa, Fordham in Pretoria offers students opportunities to do elective or major work while being active in service learning. Structured reflection sessions throughout the semester allow participants to consider the complexities and challenges facing Pretoria specifically and South Africa generally.


All participants will take a Core Course that explores the relevant historical and socio-economic issues impacting the local communities, specific demographics and South Africa. In addition, a required module in Sociology, Poverty, and Human Development provides an overview of the macro socio-economic and political context for development in achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as well as a forum for considering and analyzing poverty reduction strategies and their relevance in various community settings. From both a theoretical and experiential perspective, Ubuntu students will explore and critically discuss the place and role of participation, capacity building, empowerment and partnerships in sustainable development. They will also consider various ways of approaching community engagement and service-learning activities.


Each participant will also take two additional courses (modules) from one or more of the following departments at the University of Pretoria:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Drama
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • English
  • Historical and Heritage Studies
  • International Relations, Journalism
  • Political Sciences
  • Social Work and Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Theology


The Service-Learning component of the program will be coordinated by the University of Pretoria. The practice lecturer for the sociology module will work closely with the program’s Academic Coordinator to develop schedules that provide participants a once-a-week full-day opportunity to meaningfully engage with the local community and do service of value.

In addition to the regular monthly service-learning reflection sessions, and as a complement to course work done at the University of Pretoria, the program will feature two reflective weekend retreats in North Pretoria as well as weekly one-on-one spirituality sessions designed to encourage participants to consider their academic and service-learning experience, in relation to larger questions about life, justice, faith and personal beliefs. Placement venues include:

Erasmus Community is a semi-rural settlement of roughly 10,000 people about an hour away from Pretoria with a community organization led by local residents actively engaged with projects in primary education, computer training, nutrition, childcare, agriculture, bridge building and other construction projects.

The University of Pretoria Center for the Study of AIDS sponsors a series of programs to better understand the complexities of the HIV&AIDS epidemic(s) in South Africa. In collaboration with the University of Pretoria, African parlamentarians and international organizations, the Center has developed a range of interventions to address the social drivers, and social consequences, of HIV&AIDS. These include community-level rights, gender, stigma, sexuality and youth programs.

Mercy House is a residence for South African women escaping violent relationships and non-South African women who have been victims of trafficking. The house is run by the Sisters of Mercy, a Religious Women’s Congregation founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland.

Iona Convent School is a primary and secondary school committed to making education accessible to children from diverse skilled working-class backgrounds from previously disadvantaged areas of the northwest and northern Gauteng provinces. Originally founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the school is now entirely run by lay people and has five hundred students.


Fordham London Liberal Arts Program

UNIVERSITY: Fordham University

PROGRAM NAME: Fordham London Liberal Arts Program


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Fordham’s London Centre in Kensington Square is the site of an exciting and innovative fall semester study abroad program. Offered to sophomores, juniors, or seniors, the program allows participants to engage in research while experiencing diverse academic settings.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Fordham’s London Centre London as Classroom program focuses on one 4–credit core course, a 2–credit research module that will require independent work related to but not limited by the course content, and three further courses which will be chosen from the offerings of the Fordham London Centre and direct enrollment in one of five local universities: Queen Mary, University of London; Heythrop College, University of London; City University; University of Westminster; Roehampton University.

The program includes study tours that will enhance the students’ classroom experience. Excursions are planned to Winchester (cathedral, great hall), Stonehenge, Canterbury (cathedral, river tour), Bath (the Roman baths), and Glastonbury (the legendary Avalon). We will also schedule a group visit to a play at the Globe Theatre and a manuscript workshop at the British Library for those who are interested. These activities are subject to change; we will make an effort to incorporate current events (plays, exhibitions) as well as the interests of the student group.

TYPE: Hybrid

DATES: Late August to Mid-December


ELIGIBILITY: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; GPA of 3.0

CREDITS: 15-18

HOUSING: Shared flat with others in program

COST: Please contact your study abroad office for current costs.

DEADLINE: Please see website for current deadlines

WHERE_TO_APPLY: Please contact lalondon@fordham.edu or isap@fordham.edu


WEBSITE: www.fordham.edu/liberalartslondon

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