South Africa

Culture, Society & History of South Africa OSU Sponsored Study Abroad Program


The South Africa Study Program is an extension of an interdisciplinary course (AFAM&AST 5485.01, Southern Africa: Society and Culture) to be offered by the Department of African American and African Studies during Summer session. In this class, students will be introduced to the predominant cultural, social, and historical themes of the region. Students will travel to South Africa to visit and study sites of cultural and historical importance. The sites are selected for their role in the history and politics of their time, and reflect the general social context of South African life. Lectures and demonstrations will be presented throughout the study abroad program. Note: AFAM&AST 5485.01 may apply toward the GEC requirement.

Courses and Credit

Accepted undergraduate and graduate students are required to enroll in AFAM&AST 5485.01 (3 credits) as a condition for participation in the South Africa program. The Office of International Affairs will enroll students in IS5797: Study at a Foreign Institution for TBD credit hours, which upon successful completion of the program will be converted to AFAM&AST 5798. Students will earn a total of TBD semester credit hours as follows:

Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

  • African-American and African Studies 5485.01 (3 hours)
  • Study Abroad in Africa and the Diaspora 5798 (3-9 hours)

Pre-Departure Orientation

All students will be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs. These sessions will offer important information on travel, health, academic expectations, history and culture. The dates and locations of orientation meetings will be provided in the letter of acceptance.


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For information about applying for a passport, go to For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa.


Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University serve as the central information hub for international activities, and support the growing international dimension of Ohio State.

U.S. Department of State
A service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs providing travel warnings/country specific information.

Centers for Disease ControlG
eographic health recommendations.

Contact Us

The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue. Please see our website for information about Getting Started information sessions, Program Exploration walk-in hours, and Study Abroad Coordinator office hours.

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.