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ENGR 3000: Global Leadership (EDGES) – South Africa – Winter Intersession 2020

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This 3-hour course is credited as an upper-level humanities or social science.

With the goal to train our engineers to be successful in the 21st century global competitive market, this course will provide students with a unique introduction to the importance of diversity and inclusivity as an engineer and a global leader. Students will assess their cultural competency and work on intercultural development, as well as gain competencies related to leadership and professional development through hands-on service opportunities in South Africa. This seminar-based course will also introduce the culture and history of South Africa though classrooms lectures and cultural excursions.

It is open to all MU majors, UM System students, and SEC students.

Dates

The proposed travel dates are tentatively set for January 6 – 16, 2020.

The deadline to register is Thursday, October 3, no later than 5pm.

 Program Highlights

  • Full-day safari drive to discuss conservation efforts in Kruger National Park;
  • Visiting a traditional Shangaan village and sharing cultural experiences with the townspeople;
  • Touring the Soweto neighborhood of Johannesburg and the Apartheid Museum;
  • Summiting Table Mountain in Capetown before visiting Robben Island and hearing about the struggles of Nelson Mandela during the apartheid;
  • and much more…

 General Requirements

No course pre-requisites, but students should have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of travel.

Prior to the official program dates, there will be five weeks of mandatory pre-departure classes held in Lafferre Hall.  These classes will start the foundation of building your cross-cultural competencies, leadership skills, and professional development, as well as introduce you to the culture and history of South Africa.

Program Details

Travel Dates

The proposed travel dates are tentatively set for January 6 – 16, 2020.

  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Capetown, South Africa

Accommodations will be confirmed closer to the departure date.  Typically, students stay in 3-star hotels, lodges, or bed-and-breakfasts and will share triple or quad rooms.

Breakfast will be included daily, while some arranged lunches and dinners are included.  (Four dinners and four lunches.)

While English and Dutch are the most common spoken languages in South Africa, you will likely encounter some of the many indigenous languages that are spoken throughout the country.  Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans are the more dominant of those regional dialects that you may encounter.

There are no course pre-requisites, but students should have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of travel.

Prior to the official program dates, there will be five weeks of mandatory pre-departure classes held in Lafferre Hall.  These classes will start the foundation of building your cross-cultural competencies, leadership skills, and professional development, as well as introduce you to the culture and history of South Africa

A group flight for the program will be arranged for all students, faculty, and staff participating on the program.  Typically, these group flights are arranged out of St. Louis Lambert Airport; however, if you need to flight out of a different location, please complete this form and any flight accommodations will be adjusted.

If you find out that you must withdraw from the program, it is your responsibility to notify the College of Engineering Study Abroad Office.  Penalties for withdrawal are determined based on the date that you have notified the office of your updated status.

Before you leave for any study abroad program, you must have a passport.  Passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end dates of your time abroad.  If you already have a passport, make sure that the dates will align with your program period to ensure that you do not need to renew before leaving the United States.  If you have not already applied for your passport, you will need to do so immediately.

No special visas are required to travel to/from South Africa at this time.

See our itemized budget sheet for the Winter Intersession Program in South Africa.  Please review this information when registering for the study abroad program.  The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates, projected program enrollment, and the information provided to us by local hosts or program coordinators.

You may spend more or less than the figures provided, depending on your personal spending habits.

Please not that these expenses do not include travel or sightseeing activities outside of the program itinerary.

Cost Breakdown

Included Expenses

  • Round trip airfare to/from South Africa
  • All in-country transfers and local transportation
  • Accommodations for all nights
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches, and four dinners (as well as meals to be served during flights)
  • All program activities, company visits, and admission fees
  • MU Tuition and fees

Expenses not Included

  • Airport transfers to/from St. Louis Lambert Airport
  • Any meals not included in the official itinerary
  • Personal expenses not associated with official program activities, such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Passports, passport renewals, or passport applications fees
  • Cell phone services and international data plans

Application Process

Application Checklist – Steps You Complete

  1. Complete your College of Engineering Study Abroad application form.
  2. Receive your acceptance letter and financial planning spreadsheet from the Study Abroad office.
  3. Apply for any applicable scholarships or financial aid.
  4. Apply for your passport (and visas, if necessary).
  5. Complete all post-decision documentation on your MyStudyAbroad.
  6. Pay attention to your e-mail in case additional details are requested to arrange your travel.

 

Steps Completed by the Study Abroad Office

  • Providing your official acceptance letter and financial planning spreadsheet
  • Creating your initial MyStudyAbroad account
  • Registering you for courses through MyZou
  • Registering you for the mandatory health insurance coverage
  • Facilitating or arranging group flights to/from program locations

Finances

See our itemized budget sheet for the Winter Intersession Program in South Africa.  Please review this information when registering for the study abroad program.  The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates, projected program enrollment, and the information provided to us by local hosts or program coordinators.

You may spend more or less than the figures provided, depending on your personal spending habits.

Please not that these expenses do not include travel or sightseeing activities outside of the program itinerary.

Cost Breakdown

Included Expenses

  • Round trip airfare to/from South Africa
  • All in-country transfers and local transportation
  • Accommodations for all nights
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches, and four dinners (as well as meals to be served during flights)
  • All program activities, company visits, and admission fees
  • MU Tuition and fees

Expenses not Included

  • Airport transfers to/from St. Louis Lambert Airport
  • Any meals not included in the official itinerary
  • Personal expenses not associated with official program activities, such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Passports, passport renewals, or passport applications fees
  • Cell phone services and international data plans

Schedule of Payments

Charges for your study abroad program are arranged by the College of Engineering Study Abroad office, and all tuition and fees will be charged to your account in the same way that all other courses are charged through MyZou.

Bills are typically generated on or around the 20th of each month and are due the 15th of the following month (or the next Monday if it falls on a weekend). Students have two options for making payments, the first is to pay the balance in full, which will avoid any finance charges, while the second option is to make minimum payments until the full amount is paid.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Our College of Engineering is committed to your training and development as a global leader in engineering and offers a variety of scholarships to assist students with study abroad costs.  Submit your application now or stop by the Student Success Office in Lafferre Hall W1025 for more information.  Find our available scholarships and more information about financial aid for study abroad programs.

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