Stay in traditional mud hut villages, in the mountains or on a lush subtropical coastline. Pay tribute to the village chief; consult an herbalist-diviner about your ancestors; take out the goats and sheep at sunrise with your host family; cheer at an Afrikaner rugby game. Make friends, have late-night heart-talks, write a creative travel essay, and above all be prepared to see your own life differently.
Financial Aid: Need-based aid may be available.
Glen Retief, Ph. D., Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
Karla Kelsey, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Hasanthika Sirisena, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
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To find the last program fee, click on "Budget Sheet" above. Note that program fees are recalculated before every program.
The GO Short Program Cost includes international flights, meals, activity fees, and transportation in the host country.
Some estimated additional personal expenses may include laundry, toiletries, purchase of personal items and resources.
Please note that you are responsible for getting to the departure airport.
The South African night sky, with the Milky Way clustered in vanilla constellations accentuating the spherical shape of the globe, was one of the most awesome images my eyes and soul have ever experienced. This trip projected me so far out of my comfort zone, forcing me to reanalyze my position in a global community. From the kindness of my host mama, who crafted me a coin purse on her hand-cranked sewing machine, to the magical taste of warm melkkos, an Afrikaans dessert, my time in South Africa was humbling, inspiring, and truly unforgettable. --Jillian Mannarino
I was touched by how warmly we were received, and how at home we were made to feel. Watching soccer on a Sunday afternoon on a simple green field in South Africa remains one of the happier memories of my life.—Bobby Mitchell
About GO Short
Through intentional programming, students make the most of their short-term study abroad on GO Short programs. You will study away with Susquehanna faculty/staff leading a small group of Susquehanna classmates, all of whom have participated in the program’s preparation (i.e. GO Prep) course in the semester prior to departure. After an intensive, active program, there is a reflection course for the program to optimize your cross-cultural learning. As these programs run during winter or summer breaks and are 2-6 weeks, they are great opportunities for students to study away without committing to a full semester.