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  • Locations: Port Alfred, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Human Sciences
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Alicia Powers, Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Requirement: Only AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

Human Sciences – Auburn Abroad in South Africa


The College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, in collaboration with Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Port Alfred, South Africa, is offering a semester (9-10 weeks) study abroad experience (12 credit hours) focusing on one of the subjects below:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community engagement
  • Advanced Wine Studies
  • Change and Innovation Management
  • International Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Event Management
  • Lodge Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Strategic Hospitality Management

This study abroad opportunity is open to Auburn University College of Human Sciences students (and other majors on the Auburn campus by approval) that are at least 19 years of age and have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.25 or a graduate grade point average of 3.0. Students who enroll in this program will be required to participate in one or more preparation workshops on the Auburn University campus prior to traveling to South Africa.  During their time in South Africa, students will participate in small group problem-based learning modules and community outreach projects designed to take advantage of the deep history and culture of the region. Click here to learn more about community outreach projects All lectures are in English.

Physical Requirements



You are eligible to apply for this program if you:

  • Are 19 years of age or older.
  • Have a 2.25 grade point average for undergraduates; 3.0 for graduate students.
Students from any major may apply for this program.


Summer 2020
  • February 8, 2020 - Application and Scholarship Deadline
  • March 6, 2020 - First Payment Due
  • April 10, 2020 - Final Payment Due
  • April 26, 2020 – Depart for Port Alfred, South Africa
  • July 5, 2020– Program ends, depart from South Africa


Students should enroll in HUSC 5940 for 12 credits. Students participating in this program should contact Kate Thornton at to enroll in other courses. 

The program fee of $ includes the following (See important dates above for fee payment schedule):

  • Room (double occupancy) and three meals per day on campus
  • Modules and other resources needed to complete course work
  • Airport transportation between Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth, South Africa airport on arrival and departure
  • Transportation to and from your community outreach site
  • Trip cancellation insurance (including your international flight)
  • $1,000 deposit is non-refundable

Activities included in the Program Fee:

  • Community outreach placements and transportation to those placements in the Port Alfred area.
  • Module books and/or textbooks needed to complete course requirements
The program fee does not include:
  • Auburn Abroad fee of $691 (instead of tuition; same regardless of whether you are in-state or out-of state)
  • Airfare to and from Port Elizabeth, South Africa ($1500-$2500)
  • Passport fees
  • Cell phone and usage
  • Personal travel
  • Certification fee of $1600 for student in the Advanced Wine Studies module only and an excursion fee of $600 for students in the Events Management and Advanced Wine Studies modules only.
  • Immunizations


Auburn students will be housed either in campus housing or in housing secured and approved by Stenden University.  All rooms are double occupancy.  All housing is within walking distance of campus.  The cost of housing is included in the program fee.

There are high quality clinics and hospitals near Port Alfred.  Faculty and staff are prepared to work with students at any hour in the event of a crisis or heath emergency.  Students will be given emergency contact information upon arrival, directing them to emergency services and Stenden University staff.


Port Alfred, South Africa

The Stenden campus is located in Port Alfred, South Africa, a town of approximately 20,000 people, on the Eastern Cape (Indian Ocean).  Port Alfred is commonly referred to as the “Heart of the Sunshine Coast.”

Port Alfred boasts not only the climate, the water, the beaches and the historical connections, but it also has top-class shopping malls, sophisticated healthcare, a Royal golf course, intimate small-boat harbour, light industry, international hospitality university and 43 Air School. It has the stunning Royal Alfred Marina - where every homeowner enjoys private water frontage. Visitors can enjoy boat cruises through the Marina canals or even hire a water pedalo or canoe to make the trip. Each year in July, nearby Grahamstown hosts the world-renowned National Arts Festival and Port Alfred welcomes many of the visitors who come to enjoy the music, plays, art, comedy and crafts.

There is so much to do in the region, so many interesting places to go and so much to do while visiting. The warm Indian Ocean and many inland water surfaces offer endless opportunities for bathing, boating, water-skiing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, canoeing and bird watching. Unique in geographical situation, we are surrounded by the most exciting array of game reserves and parks. Not only does Port Alfred have conservations and animals for display and enjoyment, but a proactive, world-class hunting industry.

Life in Port Alfred is social, and there are lots of clubs, restaurants, bars, and societies to visit. Whether you come to rest or are looking for new experiences. Port Alfred claims to be the most exciting, pulsating, desirable and affordable holiday venue for any age. Visit Port Alfred, chances are you'll meet some fascinating locals with plenty of yarns to tell.

Find out more about Port Alfred here:


A valid U.S. passport is required to enter South Africa.  If you do not have a passport, please go to for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for your passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad and must have two totally blank (unstamped) visa pages to enter South Africa. Students who have traveled to 
WHO-designated yellow fever countries are required to present their current and valid International Certificate of Vaccination as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (commonly called a “yellow card”). This requirement is imposed on travelers flying to South Africa via yellow fever countries, even when passengers transiting a yellow fever country do not deplane in the yellow fever country (e.g., flights stopping in Senegal, Ghana, or Kenya), or if the plane makes an unscheduled landing in a yellow fever country. As a precaution, all travelers to South Africa should carry their original yellow vaccination card.



Contact Kate Thornton at


This program is currently not accepting applications.