South Africa

One Health, Global Communicable Diseases: an African exposure

2017 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  2018 REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN APRIL 2017

 2017 South_Africa flyer - elephants

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This hands-on field course provides insights into the history, geography, culture, flora and fauna of South Africa combined with a consideration of the modern political, social, and institutional systems which impact regional and national health problems. The country, with its spectrum of diseases and resources, is ideally suited to study challenges and solutions to Global Health issues.

WHO ARE YOU GOING WITH?
Professor Dr. Aileen Marty (For brief bio click HERE)

WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
The program blends anthropology, sociology, human and veterinary medicine, biological sciences, history, geography, and politics towards a holistic understanding of health and safety not only for Africa, but for the world.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Students will experience integrated classroom and experiential learning, providing insights into the fundamental principles of South African culture, medicine, and public health systems. Students will study current challenges in South African medicine and public health; considering the impact of diverse issues such as climate change and environmental determinants of human health; and analyze the social and economic determinants that are contributing to the expanding impact of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Students will learn firsthand about South Africa’s health care system, from primary care in rural communities to large urban referral hospitals. Subject matter will include infectious diseases, epidemiology, virology, zoonosis, sexual health and reproductive issues, environmental health (vector ecology, water quality, waste management, entomology), global health issues (emerging tropical diseases), and traditional and alternative medicine.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Sterkfontein Caves and the Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg, Wits Rural Facility, near Acornhoek, Malaria Control Station, Blyde River Canyon, Skukuza, Kruger National Park, and Swaziland!

WHEN WILL YOU GO?
Summer A: May 9 to May 30, 2017

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a spring course component (3 credits.) The trip is during summer A (3 credits.) These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $3,500 + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Housing for the duration of the trip
– Local transportation
– Admission to national game parks, special reserves, museums, adventure and educational tours, etc.
– Most meals
– Mandatory international health insurance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare (approximately $750 to $850)
– $250 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad administrative fee
– FIU tuition fees
– Passport and other documents if needed
– Vaccinations if needed
– Approximately 7 meals
– Personal expenses

HOW DO YOU REGISTER?

It works on a first come, first serve basis! Only 12 spots available!

Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Bring a $250.00 money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU to DM 233. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in the program.  It is non-refundable, so be aware that you are seriously committing to the program!  Registration will remain opened from Monday through Friday (8:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
  2. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a form
  3. Apply online
  4. Go to the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) in SASC 230, and turn in a $175.00* money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU and the Class Registration Form you’ve received on the day you secured your spot. These are OSA’s administrative fees
  5. Below is the schedule of payments you need to follow after you’ve secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:
    **Failure to make your first payment by the September 6 deadline will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student

FINAL SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS (It has changed!):  

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
 
3rd Payment
 
Program
Date
Amount
Date
Amount
Date
Amount
Costa Rica
Mon, May 2, 2016
$700
Mon, Aug 29, 2016
$500
Mon, Oct. 24, 2016*
$500
France
One week after securing your spot
$1,250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Italy
One week after securing your spot
$1,250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Spain
One week after securing your spot
$1,000
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,000
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Vietnam/Cambodia
One week after securing your spot
$700
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$700
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$600
Japan
One week after securing your spot
$1000
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$1,000
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
South Africa
One week after securing your spot
$1250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Failure to make your deadline payments will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student
* Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 13, 2017


Please bring the first payment to our office, DM 233, and the second and third one to Student Financials either online or in person, same way you pay your regular classes.  The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline.

WATCH THE HONORS HOUR HERE! (It’s the second one after Japan)

For information about Study Abroad scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.1620 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.