Global dialogue: South Africa

Location: South Africa
Dates: 13 July – 1 August
Eligible students:

All undergraduate students 

Application close date: 5 April 2019


In partnership with Northeastern University in Boston, Global Dialogues explores the rich history and extraordinary natural environment of South Africa, as well as the dramatic social, political and economic transformations that have shaped the country. We will visit several significant regions of South Africa: Johannesburg, its primary business city; Pretoria, its political capital; Cape Town, its cultural capital; the coastal port of Durban; the largest 'Indian city' in the world outside India, and the world famous Kruger National Park.

Why go on this study tour?

From a turbulent social and political past, South Africa is fast becoming an economic and technological powerhouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Students will be able to experience first-hand the dynamic social and cultural forces that have driven this transition, and explore how lessons learned from recent South African history may be applied to other regions, including Australia. The program has been designed to cater to students from all disciplines, and uses assessment built around a reflective practice modality to allow students to focus their explorations around their own particular areas of interest.


Cultural visits:

  • The Apartheid Museum
  • Robben Island
  • The District Six Museum
  • Table Mountain
  • Cullinan Diamond Mine
  • The Cape of Good Hope
  • Kruger National Park

Company visits (to be confirmed):

  • NED Bank
  • SA Breweries
  • Tiger Foods
  • MTN
  • BMW
  • Rovos Rail
  • Pick n Pay
  • A business accelerator

Academic information

Unit code: Elective:
Can this unit be taken as an elective by students in any Swinburne degree?
MFP20004 Yes


Program cost is approximately $6,500 AUD at time of online listing.

Program cost includes: Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):
Accommodation (twin-share)
Internal flight Johannesburg to Capetown
Some meals
All in-country transport including airport transfers
Selected group visits and outings
Travel insurance (subject to eligibility)
International airfares
Most meals
Spending money
Tuition fees

The following types of fee help and funding are available to help eligible students with the costs towards this program:

  • OS Help Loan of up to $8,149 (as at 2019)

4 X $1000 Faculty Led Program Scholarships available for students participating in this program. Please complete the Scholarship Online Application by the program’s closing date (April 5th). 

Eligibility and selection criteria

Students must have completed at least 50 credit points at time of application.

Information sessions

To learn more about this program, please attend one of the following sessions:

Wednesday 20 March 2019 12:30pm EN214
Wednesday 3 April 2019 11:30am EN308


Dr Mark Finn
Academic Tour Leader
P: 03 9214 5254