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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Oudtshoorn, South Africa; Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English Instructor-led: Yes
Capstone: Yes
Program Description:


The trip to South Africa will bring you to see and experience the wonder and majesty of Africa. We will visit game parks to see native wild life in their natural surroundings, a perfect learning experience. We will be visiting a variety of life zones, both terrestrial and oceanic, each with their unique flora and fauna. We will also encounter local cultures and partake of local foods. And, because of South Africa’s unique political history, we also plan to visit sites associated with Nelson Mandela and learn about the cultural changes of recent years. We will see and learn about the variety of contrasting architectural structures in cities and villages, as many are unique to Africa. This will be a trip not to be missed, a learning experience by submersion into the diversity of flora and fauna, and contact with the real people of the country.

Dr. Bart Bergquist, Professor

Department: Biology
Phone: 319- 273-6213
Campus Address: BRC 37

CAP 3140: Environment, Technology and Society (2 credit hours) 

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the fall semester. Participants will be enrolled in a spring 2018 course. Please contact the program's course leader for more information.



  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing after completing the fall semester). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Itinerary to include the following activities. Please note that activities are subject to change. A more detailed itinerary will be posted at a later date. 
  • Greenmarket Square, Cape Town's best known open air market
  • Company Gardens
  • Save Our Seas to learn about marine biodiversity and conservation
  • Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
  • Hotel Verde tour to learn about how this hotels offers a carbon-neutral stay
  • Cape Malay cooking class
  • !Khwa Ttu San Culture and Education Centre visit 
  • Wind turbine or nuclear power station tour
  • Aquila Private Game Reserve
  • Cape Winelands tours to learn about award-winning wine industry
  • Table Mountain
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The winter break 2017 program cost estimate has not yet been established. We appreciate your understanding as we finalize the program itinerary and receive quotes for services abroad. Once established, the link to the program's cost estimate page will appear just above the brochure "Fact Sheet."

Students will stay in hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program.  Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2017 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 12/26/2017 01/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.