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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Mokopane, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin
Program Director:
Denekas, Christina
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Afrikaans, English
Iowa State
ISU Course:
AESHM 281, AESHM 381, AESHM 581
Program Description:
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AESHM South Africa Summer Study Abroad Program

The AESHM South Africa Summer Study Abroad Program is a two-week program for students from all three departmental majors: apparel, events, and hospitality. The program will provide you with an opportunity to travel to a developing part of the world to (1) experience different cultures, (2) broaden knowledge of fashion, retail, hospitality, and tourism industries, (3) engage in service learning, and (4) collaborate with students from Department of Consumer Sciences at the University of Pretoria.  This summer's program will feature a visit to Cape Town, including historical visits such as Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was in prison, a boat trip to Seal Island (home to the Cape fur seals), a visit to the Penguin Colony as well as Table Mountain. The Cape is also home to many fashion designers and brands which we have the chance to visit.

The Program goals include: 
  • Student civic identity development, 
  • Building cultural competence, 
  • Enhancing student notions of citizenship,
  • Learning about South African fashion, retail, hospitality and tourism industries. 
  • Benefiting not only participating ISU students but also hosting communities:
    • Students from University of Pretoria through cross-cultural exchange and learning about each other’s domestic industries and markets;
    • Children in schools and orphanage houses in villages in the Mokopane area, Limpopo province.
To achieve these goals, the program has four major components:
  • Service learning (first half of the trip);
  • Working with University of Pretoria students who are majoring in the same subjects (apparel and hospitality) on a project determined by the ISU and UP faculty (second half of the trip);
  • Learning about South African fashion, retail, and hospitality industries and markets through site visits, UP faculty lecturers, and working with students.
  • Learning about South African culture and history through interacting with diverse population groups and visiting cultural and historical sites. 
At the end of the program, you will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of South African history and culture;
  • demonstrate an increase in global competence (pre-test at the beginning of the course and post-test at the end of the course will be completed using a global competence scale (Hodges, Watchravesringkan, Neil, Hegland, Karpova & Kadolph, 2011)
  • discuss South African fashion, retail and hospitality and tourism industries and markets;
  • demonstrate an attitude changes such as (a) increased interest in other cultures; and (b) increased tolerance of cultural differences (both qualitative and quantitative pre- and post-course assessment will be used for this purpose as well as student reflections in personal journals; 
  • demonstrate and increased confidence as travelers (e.g., passports, visas, currency exchange, customs, declarations, food, communicating with locals, etc.).
You will be enrolled in AESHM 281, the required 1-credit pre-departure orientation course, during spring 2017 and in AESHM 381N, the 2-credit South Africa travel course, during summer 2017.

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2017 Program Highlights
  • Train local women on sewing equipment, order of operation in assembly line processes of products, marketing of products, garments & product pattern work
  • Help the women in sewing center develop a cohesive product line
  • Visit to Limpopo Ceramics
  • Outreach at Blessman's Del Cramer Feeding center – deliver dresses for girls & shorts for boys
  • Visit Limpopo Clothing, production factory in Polokwane
  • Visit Ubuntu Project, four local women with a micro-enterprise sewing co-op
  • Tour Entabeni, a famous golf and safari resort
  • Elephant experience
  • Soweto visit to Nelson Mandela's former home
  • Hecter Peterson Memorial tribute to Apartheid
  • Visit Voortrekker Monument
  • Visit to Sterkfontein Caves
  • Fly to Cape Town and visit Cape Point, Hout Bay, Table Mountain, and a Designer and Manufacturer
  • Collaboration with the University of Pretoria (UP)
    • Students will work in teams starting Spring 2017 in groups of 2-3 members, a mix of ISU & UP students. They will use social media and Skype to work on two projects:
      • Cultural project: Students will use social and online media to get to know one another's cultures before arriving in SA and have discussion on cultural differences and similarities in eating habits, dress codes, general varsity live, social lives, etc
      • Product development project: Students will analyze products, markets, preferences, etc and will develop a sustainable/green product that is suitable for both US and SA markets
    • Visit to UP student's internship site:
      • SIES!Isabelle design studio
      • Suzaan Heyns design studio and retail store

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Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • AESHM major (apparel, events or hospitality)
  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Must be prepared to dedicate half of the study abroad program to service learning activities in a rural area of South Africa in primitive settings
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, open-minded, flexible
Applicants with the following previous experience are preferred:
  • Internship or other relevant industry experience
  • Students with active involvement/leadership role(s) in ISU student clubs and organizations and/or with a volunteering record
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
  • Two electronic letters of recommendation from ISU faculty members; a least one letter must be from a faculty member teaching in the student's home program (apparel, events or hospitality)
  • 250-word essay describing why the student wants to participate in the study abroad program
  • Resume
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.

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All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

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Costs and Financial Assistance

This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs.  Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary.  However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.

Budget sheet for AESHM South Africa Summer Study Abroad Program 
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships
College of Human Sciences Financial Resources for International Programs

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Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the Summer 2017 program is November 15, 2016. Accepted participants will be notified by December 1, 2016. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than December 8, 2016. Those students who commit to their offers are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If a participant withdraws, he or she will be responsible for a $200 withdrawal penalty and all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. Charges will be applied to the student’s U-bill.

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Contact and Additional Information

Questions about the AESHM South Africa Summer Study Abroad Program should be directed to Program Director Christina Denekas. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office.

This program is currently not accepting applications.