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*WCU Winter: Nursing in South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa; Petra, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options:
Hotel/Hostel Max Credits Offered: 3
Area of Study: Nursing Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Faculty/Staff Director: Marcia Welsh
Program Description:
Students will spend the end of December and the first weeks in January studying in South Africa.  South Africa is a nation rich in history and known for its diversity in cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Native peoples, Indians, and Europeans merged on a primitively beautiful area of the world leaving discourse, apartheid, and human suffering in their wake. Presently the nation has begun a democratic and multicultural journey that will set the course of a new South Africa into the 21st century. This study abroad will take the student on a journey that will embrace the cultural diversity of South Africa, explore its breathtaking natural beauty, while engaging the learner in witnessing a changing health care system. Presently there is a newly emerging private sector and a standard government-based public health care system that divides the nation into a two-tiered standard of care. How does this affect the health care of women and children? Students will be able to evaluate health care services, assess needs in high-risk populations, and formulate an understanding through the service-learning and seminar components.  Students will leave this study abroad knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of the individuals they have cared for in South Africa.
While based in Cape Town, service-learning sites will include Groote Schuur Hospital and Mowbray Maternity Hospital, with time on the antenatal, labour ward, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and kangaroo mother care units. Rural sites include the Maternity Obstetrical Units (MOUs) that provide health care to women and children. While in Petra, South Africa, students will be working in local clinics and HIV/AIDs orphanages in the informal settlements.

Cape Town, Petra and Kruger National Park, South Africa
Housing will be provided in affordable hotels within Cape Town.  Cape Town: Hollow on the Square Hotel, Petra: Hostel, Petra Mountain Retreat.  The hotels in Cape Town are all within walking distance of shops, theaters, museums, banks and restaurants.  Students will share a room and have 2 (at rare times there are 3) participants per room keeping housing costs to a minimum while providing a comfortable living arrangement for the students. All breakfasts are included.  All meals are included in Petra and on safari.  There will be 6 group dinners.  Students will be responsible for lunches while in Cape Town and some dinners.  All arrangements are made through Patrick Hamilton Tours.
All instruction for this program will be conducted in English.
All participants will be registered for a Nursing elective course worth 3 credit hours: NSG382 - Global Topics in Health Care Delivery: Women, Infants and Children in South Africa.

  • “Hop-on Hop-off” open bus tour of Cape Town
  • Tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held political prisoner for 24 of his 27 years.
  • Excursion to Cape Point, southwestern most point on the Africa continent, visit to the Cape Penguin reserve and swimming with the penguins
  • Tour of Table Mountain
  • Tour of Langa, one of the largest informal settlements in Cape Town
  • Safari at Kruger National Park
  • Midwifery Obstetrical Units (MOUs) in and around Cape Town as well as public hospitals Level II and Level III.  Service learning will be in the labor and delivery, NICU, nursery, kangaroo care, and postpartum units.
  • HIV/AIDS orphanages and programs in a rural informal settlement in Petra.
  • Tribal Dancing and teaching 
In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay WCU a program fee of $2,128, which includes all housing, group meals, in-country transportation, administrative costs, and excursions/activity fees.  All students will also be billed the $100 Study Abroad Application Fee through the Bursar's office upon submission of their applications. 

Out-of-pocket expenses not included in the costs listed above are:
Round-trip airline ticket: approximately $1,850
Transportation to JFK: $50
Spending on extra meals and souvenirs: $1000
Mandatory international health insurance: $45
Scholarships offered in the Department of Nursing (Mary Kline Conference Day) and the Brandywine health Foundation Nursing Scholarships and Awards as well as the Pennsylvania Nurses Association can all be used towards the cost of this study abroad program.
Marcia Welsh,
930 East Lincoln Hwy # 100, Exton, PA


This program is currently not accepting applications.