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

PAGE: http://www.jesuiteducationabroad.org/members/submit-program/
REFERER: http://www.jesuiteducationabroad.org/

Casa Argentina – Loyola Marymount University

PROGRAM NAME: Casa Argentina
PROGRAM LOCATION: Córdoba, Argentina

LMU’s signature program in Latin America is located in Córdoba, Argentina.  The first LMU study abroad program directly reflecting the Jesuit values and our institutional mission, “Casa Argentina” engages the Ignatian ideal of “well-educated solidarity” on all levels from the types of courses offered to the ways in which students are housed and engage with one another and with host country citizens.  In LMU’s “Casa Argentina” program, you will spend a semester immersing yourself in the complex social, political, historical reality of Argentina, learning to accompany those living on the margins, and challenging yourself to grow and develop as a person for others.

Originally designed by Santa Clara University, “Casa” programs are rooted in four “pillars”: Accompaniment, Academics, Community and Spirituality.  LMU’s Casa program offers a rare and transformative opportunity for students to experience praxis, community living, critical analysis and reflection, and spiritual formation in the dynamic city of Córdoba, Argentina.

All majors are eligible to participate. The program offers several upper-division core curriculum and major courses (e.g. Theology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, etc.). Credits/units are recorded on LMU transcripts. While there is no minimum language requirement for this program and the language of instruction is English, participating students will need to have a basic level of conversational Spanish in order to participate in praxis community life.  Spanish language abilities will greatly aid in the immersion aspects of this program and as part of the required course load students will take Spanish language courses at the appropriate level.
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include a field placement or “praxis site”.  In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Argentine people.  Through this immersive learning environment, you will become more aware of and sensitive to the realities of those who are struggling to end social injustices. Your praxis site will be one of the most important aspects of your study abroad experience.

LMU’s Casa Argentina also collaborates with the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, which is the oldest private university in Argentina.  Founded in 1956 by the Jesuit Order, the traditions of educational excellence and service to others guide all UCC programs.  As a critical partner with LMU Casa Argentina, students will take coursework from both LMU and UCC faculty.  Additionally, UCC has over 9,000 students with whom Casa Argentina students can engage and learn.

Through the communal nature of the program, students will build strong connections with each other, the LMU and UCC faculty, and the local community of their praxis sites.  Included in the program fee is one group retreat within Argentina.

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Partially integrated at the Universidad Católica de Córdoba


Fall:  August – December
Spring:  January – May


ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS: At least sophomore standing, 3.0 GPA (or the Program Directors’ approval)

CREDITS: 13-17 semester units

HOUSING TYPE: Another key element of this program is communal, simple living. Students will be housed in safe, but simple communal situations with one another. The housing costs are included in Program Fee.

PROGRAM FEE: Please contact your study abroad office for program cost.

FEE INCLUDES: Tuition, housing, partial meals (two meals per day typically), some transportation and a program-related retreat.

APPLICATION FORMS AVAILABLE AT: see contact information below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please see website.

LEAD CONTACT : Ajaya Jonas

EMAIL: ajaya.jonas@lmu.edu

WEBSITE: http://academics.lmu.edu/studyabroad/


SJU Summer Program in China

TBC Spring 2011

UNIVERSITY: Saint Joseph’s University

PROGRAM_NAME: SJU Summer Program in China

LOCATION: Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin and Hong Kong

PROGRAM_DESCRIPTION: Saint Joseph’s University Center for International Programs welcomes consortium member students to join its 2013 Summer Program in China June 5–July 4, 2013. Students may select from among the following courses taught by SJU faculty: HIS 358: Contemporary History, taught by Dr. James H. Carter; MKT 331: International Marketing, taught by Dr. Feng Shen; and REL 355: Immortals, Ancestors, Ghosts and Gods: Super Humans in Chinese Religion, taught by Dr. Susan Andrews. All students are charged a program fee (airfare, hotels, some meals, entry to sites, emergency medical insurance…) and summer tuition, per class. The application deadline is February 1, 2013 however, our summer programs often fill up well before the February deadline. CIP accepts applications and deposits on a first-come, first-served basis. For course descriptions, application details, and estimated program fee, kindly contact Mary Anne Kucserik at CIP at 610-660-3477 or at mkucseri@sju.edu

PROGRAM__HIGHLIGHTS: The SJU Summer Program is taught and led by its own SJU faculty and is accompanied by a coordinator throughout the 4 week immersion. The itinerary begins in Beijing to historic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Summer Palace and much more! From Beijing, the group continues on to Nanjing University for class (taught by SJU faculty) and additional visits to Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin/Yangshou and Hong Kong, before returning to the US.

TYPE: Island Program

DATES: June 5–July 4, 2013


ELIGIBILITY: There are no pre-requisites for HIS 358 or REL 355. MKT 331 has a pre-requisite of MKT 101: Principles of Marketing

CREDITS: 3 per class

HOUSING: hotels

COST: Please contact Mary Anne Kucserik at the CIP office at mkucseri@sju.edu

DEADLINE: February 1, 2013

WHERE_TO_APPLY: Please contact Mary Anne Kucserik at the CIP office at mkucseri@sju.edu for materials


Mary Anne Kucserik

EMAIL: mkucseri@sju.edu

PHONE: 610-660-3477

WEBSITE: http://www.sju.edu/int/academics/centers/cip/studyabroad/events.html


Casa Bayanihan

Casa BayanihanPROGRAM NAME: Casa Bayanihan
PROGRAM LOCATION: Manila, Philippines

Casa Bayanihan is one of USF’s newest study abroad programs in Asia. This semester long program offers an opportunity for a student to immerse her/himself in the social, economic, political, and environmental realities of the Philippines. The program is rooted in four pillars: accompaniment, academics, community, and spirituality. Beginning with sustained accompaniment of the poor, Casa Bayanihan integrates praxis experience into rigorous academic reflection. Instructors and advisors then support this reflection through a carefully structured web of spiritual and communal support. Together, these experiences facilitate the transformation needed to develop a “well-educated solidarity.” Continue reading

Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus

PROGRAM NAME: Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus
PROGRAM LOCATION: Madrid, Spain (since 1967)

Originally established in 1967 as a study abroad program, the Madrid Campus is a free-standing campus of Saint Louis University, where students from the U.S., Spain and more than 65 other countries take undergraduate and graduate courses to obtain their degrees. Each semester, visiting (study abroad) students may choose from over 200 courses across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering (ABET accredited), health sciences and business (AACSB accredited), and transfer the credits back to their home university. Continue reading

Loyola in Leuven, Belgium

PROGRAM NAME: Loyola in Leuven, Belgium

Loyola University Maryland offers a program at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven (K.U.Leuven). It is the oldest Catholic university in the world and one of the premier academic institutions in the Lowlands. This picturesque, historically rich university, with a vibrant intellectual and social life was founded in 1425. The K.U.Leuven has almost 40,000 students; almost 6,000 of them are internationals. It is world-renowned for Philosophy and Theology, but our students take courses in many other departments as well.
This program is designed to primarily accommodate Humanities, Social Science and some Business majors. All courses are taught in English. All students must take one 3-credit course in Dutch language as well as a European Culture course. Students take their courses at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven) through PECS, its study abroad Program in European Culture and Society. Continue reading

SCU Burkina Faso: Reading West Africa

PROGRAM NAME: Reading West Africa
PROGRAM LOCATION: Burkina Faso, West Africa

The Santa Clara University Fall Semester Study Abroad/Immersion in Burkina Faso is a study abroad program for students interested in combining academic work on the development challenges of West Africa with immersion and community-based learning experiences in public libraries in small towns and villages in rural areas. Students spend the first six weeks of the program in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the second six weeks in a rural village in southwestern Burkina Faso, a week of travel in the region, and a final two weeks back in Ouagadougou. French is recommended but not required. Students without French background must take an introductory conversational French and West African culture course. Continue reading

The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

PROGRAM NAME: The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

The Beijing Center (TBC) is a study abroad program established in 1998 to provide Jesuit university students with premier comprehensive education about China. Since then, students from more than 25 U.S. Jesuit institutions and from more than 20 other U.S. schools have studied at TBC. Continue reading

JCU Costa Rica Program

PROGRAM NAME: JCU Costa Rica Program
PROGRAM LOCATION: Alajuela & San Luis/Monteverde, Costa Rica

This innovative faculty-led program combines language instruction and cultural immersion with first-hand study of tropical ecology. It is flexibly designed to accommodate both science majors who need to fulfill a language requirement, and Spanish language students who need to fulfill their lab-science requirement (and is available to any other student). Continue reading