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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Durban, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/16/2018 06/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Faculty Led: Yes
Program Description:


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"Tell me about your experience working with diverse populations."

Do you have a compelling response to this common interview question? Here is your opportunity to do something that will strengthen your cross-cultural experiences and make your resume rise above the rest! Spend three weeks learning from, working with, and building meaningful relationships with individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorder in school and community-based settings in South Africa. These experiences will serve to help you identify your own cultural biases and assumptions, strengthen your cultural awareness, sensitivity, and responsiveness, and add to your skills in working with diverse populations. 

Check out the video from 2016's program!

Location: Durban and Cape Town, South Africa

With a population of almost one million people, Cape Town is layered with rich, diverse cultures and multicultural activities. Planned cultural activities include: tour of nearby Langa township, which provides a glimpse into the day-to-day life of South Africans; Riding the aerial cableway to explore Table Mountain, the most iconic and most photographed attraction in South Africa; Take a ferry to Robben Island and tour the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years (tour is given by former political prisoners); Go on a safari!

There will also be time for optional excursions, such as shopping, exploring the national botanical garden, visiting a penguin colony, and hiking Lion's Head, a mountain in Cape Town known for its spectacular views and launching point for paragliders. 

May is "winter" in South Africa-temperatures range from high 40s to high 60s, and it rains nearly 2.75 inches in the Western Cape this time of year. Such a climate makes Cape Town the home of rich biodiversity, as an estimated 2,200 species of plants grow around Table Mountain (this is more than exist in the entire United Kingdom!).


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Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Completion of at least one academic semester at UW-Stout at the time of participation
Good academic & behavioral standing
Prerequisite: HDFS 401/601: Autism and Family Life: Living with the Spectrum, or instructor consent 

Note: No prior experience supporting people with disabilities is required. 

Course Information:
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive 3 credits for HDFS-426/626 Autism in South Africa
Speak with your academic advisor to ask how this course will fit into your program plan. This course can help students fulfill university requirements in the following areas:

 Global Perspective
This course will be taught by:
Dr. Jennifer Reinke 
Heritage Hall 124



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Accommodation: Students will be housed at Green Elephant Backpackers Hostel in Cape Town.

Meals: Some group meals will be provided to participants during the program, students will be responsible for purchasing all additional meals throughout the program. Please notify the faculty leader or the Office of International Education of any dietary needs or restrictions. 

Travel: Group flights will be purchased for all participants and the faculty leader. These costs are already included in the program fee. If you require any deviations from the group travel plan, the faculty leader and the Office of International Education must be notified prior to the application deadline in order to accommodate you. Participants will be responsible for any additional costs associated with a deviation from the group. 

Passport and Visa: Please visit the Education Abroad website for information on passports and visas.  


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The Cost Estimates at the top of this program website are used to determine the costs for the term you would like to go abroad. For information on financing your education abroad program visit the Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships link on our website. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.