South Africa

(Flyer here – Update in Progress)

One Health, Global Communicable Diseases: an African exposure

Registration Date TBA


Make an educated decision! Attend the South Africa Study Abroad Honors Hour on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 3:30pm in GL 100!

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 Mozambique!

WHEN WILL YOU GO?
Summer A: TBA

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?
TBD

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. Once registration opens, 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 your program of choice.  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  the Class Registration Form you’ve received on the day you secured your spot.
  5. An extra $175 will be charged with your first payment. These are OSA’s administrative fees.
  6. Below is the schedule of payments** to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:

**Failure to make your first payment by the October 1st deadline will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student.

Payment Schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE!):

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
  
3rd Payment (*)(***)
  
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Mon, May 1, 2017
$800
Tue, Aug 1, 2017
$500
Sun, Oct. 1, 2017*
$500
$1,800
France
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Italy
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Spain
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$900
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,500
Vietnam/Cambodia
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,400
Japan
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$900
$2,900
South Africa
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
TBD
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
TBD
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
TBD
TBD

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your three payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor,) same way you pay for your regular classes. In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program, we strongly recommend you go in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: Late fees will apply.

Watch last semester’s Honors Hour HERE! (It’s the second one after Japan)

For information about Study Abroad scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (PC 113) at 305.348.1913 or edabroad@fiu.edu.

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