South Africa

One Health, Global Communicable Diseases: an African exposure

2018 registration is now open!

Pre-med students only!

Mondays-Fridays from 9:00AM to 4:30PM

 VERY IMPORTANT : New set of policies for Honors Study Abroad Programs!  PLEASE check them at the bottom of the page.

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 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 will analyze the social and economic determinants that are contributing to the expanding impact of infectious and non-infectious diseases.

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, Robben Island, Cape Town, and Mozambique!

WHEN WILL YOU GO?
Summer A:  May 11 – June 1, 2018

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a spring course component (3 credits.) Classes will take place on Fridays from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. The trip is during summer A (3 credits.) These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
$3,900.00 (+ 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 served basis! Only 12 spots available! 

Follow these instructions:

  1. Bring your current Degree Audit printed out and $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, and constitutes a serious commitment 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. Upload  the Class Registration Form to abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The non-refundable $175 OSA administrative fee will be charged with your first payment.
  6. Below is the schedule of payments** to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:

Payment Schedule:

 
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
Cambodia-Vietnam
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
$1,500
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,400
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,900

*Non-refundable
**If you fail to make your first payment by the October 1st deadline, you will forfeit your paid administrative fees.
***Non-refundable after February 14, 2018

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 APPLY.

Make an educated decision! Check the Japan & South Africa Honors Hour from Tuesday, October 17, 2017 HERE! (Search for Luli’s presentation at the end of Wednesday’s: HERE!)

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.

 

NEW STUDY ABROAD POLICIES:

Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments:

  • Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on my.fiu.edu, Financials section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
  • Students that fail to complete payments within 2 weeks after the deadline will not be allowed to
    participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation:

  • ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 15, 2017, 11:59pm, for summer 2018 programs and August 1, 2017, 11:59pm, for winter break session 2017 programs (Honors Costa Rica). Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • The documentation required by OSA is at abroad.fiu.edu. It includes: Medical Form, Course Registration Form, copy of valid passport, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
  • The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
  • Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
  • Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated, and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 5, 2017 (AND JULY 20, 2017 FOR COSTA RICA):

The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 19, 2018, and October 30, 2017 respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

  • Students must clear any existing holds by April 30, 2018 (and December 1, 2017, for Costa Rica.) Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality:

  • Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics:

  • Students have to be in good Honors academic standing (see http://honors.fiu.edu/students/policies/) in order to secure a spot in an Honors study abroad program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be
    awarded.

Behavior:

  • Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct), and the student risks dismissal from the Honors College in accordance with the posted dismissal policy for misconduct.
  • By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.