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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: J-Term, Summer
  • Restrictions: SNC applicants only
  • Program Cost:: J-Term, Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Experiential Housing Type: Hostels, Homes, or Hotels
Language of Instruction: English Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:
south africa


PSYC 289: Psychology in South Africa with Dr. Ray Zurawski will examine the ways in which psychological abnormality is explained, assessed, diagnosed, and treated here in the United States and abroad in South Africa.  Although biomedical and psychological perspectives on abnormality will be covered, the course will emphasize cultural perspectives and cultural differences within and between countries. Classroom lectures and discussions will be supplemented by interactions with mental health providers and visits to mental health clinics and treatment facilities. Weekly meetings will be held on campus throughout the pre-departure (Fall 2017) semester. This will be followed by a three-week term abroad, during which you will have the opportunity to live and learn in Cape Town, South Africa, a city well known for its enthralling history, vibrant cultural diversity and scenic beauty.

View the course presentation (PSYC289.pptx). 


This Global Seminar is organized as a 2+2 model. You will enroll in a 2-credit course during the Fall 2017 term, which serves as preparation for your #SNCadventures in South Africa. You are encouraged to attend the four optional Pack+Prep sessions facilitated by Study Abroad during the Fall 2017 term. You are required to attend the mandatory orientation. Please see the Events page for dates, times, and locations. 


In South Africa, site visits may include experiences at clinics and public universities. Cultural activities may take you to locations such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Kommetjie (a Norbertine Chapter house), and Stellenbosch. The itinerary is still being solidified. 

As a result of completing the course, you will: 
  • Be able to describe the ways in which psychological abnormality and normality are differentiated by mental health professionals, and to list several reasons why it is a) difficult to do so and b) necessary to do so
  • Be able to identify, differentiate, and critique the ways in which various forms of psychological abnormality are assessed and diagnosed
  • Be able to identify, differentiate, and critique biomedical, psychological, and sociocultural explanations and treatments for various forms of psychological abnormality
  • Be able to able to describe ways in which demographic variables (gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity) are related to the diagnosis of psychological abnormality and access to treatment
  • Be able to describe intra- and cross-cultural similarities and differences in the way that psychological abnormality is assessed, diagnosed, explained and treated in the United States and in South Africa
  • Be more informed consumers and more compassionate citizens regarding the diagnosis and treatment of psychological abnormality
PSYC 100 is a pre-requisite for the course. After successful completion of the 2-credit Fall 2017 and the 2-credit J-Term 2018 portions of the course, you will satisfy the Beyond Borders core curriculum requirement (C-BB). 


During your stay in South Africa, you will reside in either a guest house, hotel, or hostel--or a combination of the three. Apart from a small number of group meals, the majority of meals will be your responsibility. 

Visa Information

A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of the country where you wish to study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose and for a designated period of time. A student visa is not required for this Global Seminar.

For more information, please contact the Faculty Director, Dr. Ray Zurawski, or Dr. Jeremy Doughty

Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change. 

Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experience:
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Overall Learning::
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Program Reviews:
Summer 2017 Participant
This program really taught us all about everything we would want to know about South Africa. I only wish there was a little more preparing for the academic part that we would be doing abroad during the semester at SNC. Maybe by beginning to work on the project before we leave or learning more about the specific places we would be visiting.

Jasmine Yasmine Tremaine Babineaux, Summer 2017 Participant
This program not only offered an amazing opportunity to explore Cape Town, South Africa, it allowed me to reflect on my many blessings. This program stretched you out of your comfort zone if you allowed it to. The most rewarding part of this experience was hearing from locals about apartheid and the segregation that still has a prominent influence in the country as a whole.

Karley Kay Dochterman, Summer 2017 Participant
I would recommend this program to other SNC students because it's an experience that pushes you outside of your comfort zone and your personal bubble into situations that are very different from what you know here in the States. Living and studying in another country, even for just two and a half weeks, changes your perspective on the things that you have at home and what others in different parts of the globe do not. This trip has been the best experience I've had at SNC thus far and I hope that anyone else who chooses to participate loves it as much as I did. This trip has opened my eyes to what the rest of the world has to offer and because of it, I am so excited to be able to explore other parts of the world that I haven't seen yet!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2018 04/01/2017
04/14/2017 01/04/2018 01/19/2018
NOTE: Dr. Zurawski will confirm the travel dates in South Africa following the application deadline. This program uses a 2+2 model. You will enroll in 2 credits during the Fall 2017 semester and 2 credits during the J-Term 2018 term.
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 TBA TBA

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