Summer and Winter School

Summer and Winter School

December 2019; January 2020; May 2020; June 2020

1 to 5 weeks

3 months prior to departure

December to February; May to July

South Africa


  • Academic and Cultural Integration
  • Accommodation
  • Dedicated Program Coordinator
  • Educational field trips
  • Exploration (free) time
  • In-country Logistics
  • Local Transportation
  • Most meals
  • Optional excursions
  • 24/7 in-country support and more!

Based on program requirements

Traveling Scholar’s Summer and Winter Programs are grounded in theory and are experiential in nature. All of our programs will offer you a culturally, immersive educational experience.

The Summer and Winter programs are planned and designed in such a way that you will engage with the local environment for your benefit as well as the benefit of the local community.

Traveling Scholar programs are accredited by our university of record and comply with the requirements of credit transfer. Students will be able to obtain 3 – 6 US credits (this depends on the program and the number of lecturing hours). With more than twenty years of experience in hosting international students in South Africa, it is important for Traveling Scholar to expose you to a real African experience.

Programs are designed to immerse you in the African culture and can be 1 to 5 weeks in duration. You will also meet students from all over the world while you learn, walk around the city, interact with the friendly locals, explore your surroundings and experience the culture and natural beauty first-hand.

Accommodation and most meals are arranged. You can opt to stay in self-catering accommodation, a Bed and Breakfast or hotel. Breakfast or lunch is usually eaten together with the group each day, and Traveling Scholar staff or students from the local university and other visiting scholars regularly join in.  Programs vary in their design, but all programs offer you some degree of free time to explore or just relax.

Traveling Scholar will be offering the following programs from December 2019:

Doing Business with Africa

The principles guiding a business environment, where first-world business practices and developing world business requirements co-exist will be the main focus. The program will provide you with a clear understanding of the role and place of innovation and entrepreneurship, within an informal economic setting. You will be exposed to a variety of economic sectors, including manufacturing, agri-business, aquaculture and the service industries.

Help a small business grow (Social Entrepreneurship)

South Africa’s economy consists of the so-called first and second economies. This program brings the skills of the first or developed economies to the informal and developing economies. You will learn and apply your business knowledge in a unique South African environment, while making a difference on the ground.

Searching for Florence Nightingale in an African city

Our Medical Health Sciences program focuses specifically on the Nursing Sciences; however, depending on your requirements the focus can be modified to include other medical fields of study. You will experience healthcare in a developing country while providing help in understaffed public hospitals and healthcare clinics. The majority of practical learning will be conducted in South Africa’s townships.

Back to basics: A South African rugby experience

In a competitive sport like rugby, results matter. The aim of this program is to promote the comradery within a team environment while developing skills for a solid playing foundation. The outcomes will offer growth in social and cultural aspects but also produce stronger and fitter athletes. Valuable knowledge regarding nutrition and important medical information will also be covered throughout the duration of the program.

Story of a South African Farm

The program will provide you with the opportunity to discover how society, plagued by inequalities, function. The setting is ideal for students studying Anthropology, Art, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, History, Literature Studies and Photojournalism. This is an immersive experience where you will live among diverse South Africans while being exposed to South Africa’s urban and rural environment.

Walking with elephants

You will gain first-hand experience of the unique environmental issues that define the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The program delivers a broad exposure to the environmental diversity of the Province with a focus on the area and sustainability of one of Africa’s largest mammals, the elephant. The program is largely field trip-based with visits to ancient caves, overnight stays and visits to modern National Parks.

Discovering the wild inhabitants of Africa

The Eastern Cape Province is one of South Africa’s most undiscovered places. In this Province, the wilder inhabitants can still be experienced in their natural environment. This program is ideal for those interested in Bush Fire Management, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Studies and Game Range Management.

Seas the day: Rediscover the value of the ocean

Across the globe, our oceans are under pressure due to climate change, overfishing and waste pollution. This program explores, in an inter-disciplinary manner, the role of the ocean in society, with a specific focus on sustainable development as defined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Wine not: The art of wine

Located in the premium winemaking Province of South Africa, the Western Cape Province, the program will allow you to discover everything about what makes grapes grow, how wine is made and where South African wines feature in the global market. You will also complete an official wine tasting course and live and work on a top-class wine estate.

Application management Consultation with a dedicated program development specialist
Academic and cultural integration into all programs Pre-departure advising, orientation and virtual online team introduction
Airport pick-up Onsite orientation and official welcome event
In-country coordinator (First-Aid trained and 24/7 support) Complete in-country logistical management
Local transportation organised Accommodation and meals
Classroom or lecture space Educational field trips
Cultural excursions Unique African tourist activities
Industry and company visits Guest lecturers
Volunteer and service learning activities Program evaluations and assessment
Other features as requested Safety and security briefing