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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
01/25/2019 05/04/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted by: OTS

Academic Focus:
South African Ecosystems and Diversity, Field Research in Savanna Ecology, Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa, and History & Culture of South Africa. Please see list of majors.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: early September to mid December
Spring: late January to early May

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.

Students must have completed two semesters of college-level Biology or Ecology prior to the study abroad term.

Program Information:
OTS South Africa offers a unique experience for students interested in ecology and fieldwork. Participating students are exposed to South Africa's rich biology and cultural diversity, a country that allows a deep examination of issues related to ecology and conservation. Experts in the field lead groups allowing for an immersive experience and close-bonds between participants. Students interested in OTS South Africa should be flexible and willing to commit to the structured schedule of the program.

The program also hosts two tracks, one in the Kruger National Park, and another in the Cape. Both cohorts start in Nylsvley, a site close to the arrival point in Johannesburg, for orientation and introductory work before heading off to their prospective sites. All coursework is the same, except for the capstone topic. Students in Kruger Park will complete their capstone work in the savannas of the park whilst students in the south will focus on fynbos, marine and freshwater systems of the western Cape.

Students enroll in four core courses and earn 16 credits hours for the semester: South African Ecosystems and Diversity, Field Research in Savanna Ecology, Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa, and History and Culture of South Africa. Science courses will be taught by OTS faculty and distinguished visiting scientists. Prominent South African historians, artists, and cultural theorists will lead the course on History and Culture of South Africa. The program is physically and intellectually demanding full immersion in hands-on scientific and cultural studies.

All 4 courses are blanket approved as ENVS 385 courses and each transfer back with 4 credits. Click here to see
Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List.

Courses are:
South African Ecosystems and Diversity
Field Research in Savanna Ecology
Conservation and management of Protected Areas in South Africa
Special Topics in History

Credit and Grade Translation - OTS South Africa

Living Arrangements:
Students live in dorm-like housing and cabins in the park and when the program travels to the various field stations. Running water is available but accommodation is basic.

A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheets. (
Spring, Fall)

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: the Gilman Scholarship, Fund for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), the NSEP Boren Scholarship, and others. For more information, please
click here.

OTS also provides internal scholarships that are made available for student application upon acceptance into the program. However, funds are limited and are awarded on a rolling basis so apply early!

Program Resources:
For more information on Emory University's Structured Independent Language Study Program (SILS) please click here:

Kate Dawson, Emory College Study Abroad Advisor:

This program is currently not accepting applications.