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South Africa - Winter 2019

South Africa Study Abroad Applications are now closed

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Join SMC professors Wilfred Doucet and Janet Harclerode on a study abroad program to learn more about the rich history of South Africa during the Winter 2019 session. South Africa is home to diverse populations, modern international cities, and breathtaking natural beauty. You will study at the University of Cape Town and visit historic Johannesburg and several local township communities.

The program includes a safari in Kruger National Park and visits to historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, District Six in Cape Town’s city center, Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid, and much more. You will also have the opportunity to participate in at least two service learning projects designed to provide direct immersion into the culture through community-based experiences.

Successfully completing the program earns 6 units of SMC credit that is IGETC, UC/CSU transferrable:

  • English 2: Critical Analysis and Intermediate Composition* (3 units)
    *Prerequisite English 1

  • Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics (3 units)

Note: You may still enroll in the trip even i​​f you have already completed either of the above courses.     ​
Alternative courses will be offered for those who have completed the above courses.

Students who successfully complete a minimum of three academic units while attending a SMC Study Abroad program will fulfill SMC’s Global Citizenship graduation requirement for the Associate degree.

Course Descriptions

English 2 – Critical Analysis and Intermediate Composition* – 3 units

Professor Wil Doucet, IGETC Area Transfer: UC, CSU

*Prerequisite: English 1

Course Objectives: English 2, Critical Analysis of Literature and Intermediate Composition, helps students develop their critical thinking and writing skills beyond the level of English 1. Through critical analysis of fiction, poetry and drama, we will examine the ways in which literature both represents and expresses our experiences as individuals and as members of communities, including the global community.

Student Learning Outcomes: The student will identify the ways in which prose narratives, poetry, and drama are shaped by an author’s social, historical, moral, psychological, and/or philosophical assumptions, so that the student can recognize and examine in writing the assumptions and values that frame his or her own critical responses.

Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics – 3 units

Professor Janet Harclerode, IGETC Area Transfer: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the study of language by providing a basic overview of the field of linguistics and its three dimensions of language structure: the sound system (phonetics and phonology), vocabulary (morphology), and grammar (syntax) and the way linguistic structure and context give rise to meaning (semantics and pragmatics). In addition we will consider how social practices shape and are shaped by language use (sociolinguistics) and how language is acquired and learned. The goals of the course are to provide a grounding in linguistics as a field of study, to provide basic analytic skills for viewing and discussing language from a variety of perspectives, and to bring students to a greater awareness of the relevance of language in our daily lives. While in South Africa students will observe examples of the concepts studied in advance of the trip and analyze their observations of language use, written language, language policy, and regional and social variation in language from a linguistic perspective.

Faculty Biographies

Info Sessions

  • October 11. 2018 - Rm 153 in HSS Bldg Main Campus - 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
  • October 18. 2018 - Rm 153 in HSS Bldg Main Campus - 11:15 am - 12:30 pm​

Program Details

Program Steps

  • Classes at SMC: January 2 - 10 and February 5 - 7, 2019

  • Dates in South Africa: January 11 - February 4, 2019

  • Online Application Opens: August 1, 2018

  • First Deposit: As soon as possbile to secure your space

  • Second Deposit: Friday,  October 19​, 2018​ by 12 noon (students need to have a total of $2000 paid by this date)

  • Final Deposit: Friday, November 9, 2018 by 12 noon

  • Refund: Last day to request a refund is Friday, November 9, 2018

Program Cost: $5150

* Program fee: $5150  includes RT airfare LAX to South Africa, housing, transportation, some meals, travel insurance, and some excursions while in South Africa. Program fee DOES NOT INCLUDE: Tuition for classes, personal spending money, excursions and meals not cited in the itinerary, passport, visa, books/supplies, and inoculations.

REFUNDS: No refunds after final deposit is paid- Friday, November 9, 2018


SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships from $500 to $2000 will be awarded to defer some of the cost of Study Abroad South Africa. The scholarships are need based.

Scholarships cannot be applied to the first two deposits totaling $2000 due by Friday, October 19, 2018. Students are notified if they qualify for the scholarship by the end of October. 

Requirements for the Global Citizenship Scholarship are:

  • Be a full-time Santa Monica College student in Fall 2018 (currently enrolled in at least 12 units) or part-time with a minimum of 6 units during Spring 2018 semester and 6 units during Fall 2018 semester or 3 units in the summer session 2018 and 9 units in Fall 2018.

  • The application for Global Citizenship Scholarship is embedded in the application for South Africa Study Abroad. Please note that you need to meet with Stacy Neal (neal_stacy@smc.edu), Director of Financial Aid no later than Tuesday, October 26th. Permanent Residents/U.S. citizens, you need to have completed a FAFSA prior to this meeting. If you are an F-1 international student, there is a form that Stacy Neal can provide you regarding your economic situation.

Eligibility Requirements



You must be 18 years old or older by November 9, 2018.

SMC Student

You must be an SMC Student, you'll need to enter your SMC Student ID on the application.

If you are not an SMC student, please apply here: www.smc.edu/admissions

Your current GPA must be 2.0 or higher

You must have taken and passed with a grade of C or better, or currently be taking English 1 this Fall 2018. If completed at another college transcripts may be required.


You must have a valid passport by October 19, 2018.

Apply for a US Passport at travel.state.gov​

If you hold a U.S passport, you do not need a visa to travel to South Africa.

If you are a permanent resident or SMC F-1 Visa student, please contact the Los Angeles Consulate of South Africa to find out visa requirements.


You must make all required payments by the deadlines below

You must pay the program fee in full

You must pay for your course tuition and fees. These are not covered in the Program Price. These may be covered by Financial Aid. Please check with the financial aid office regarding applying aid to your tuition and fees.


Online Study Abroad application

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Application Requirements


Complete the online  Study Abroad Application and submit Payment 1 of $1000** to the Int'l Education Center-This deposit will reserve your space on the trip.

Hours of acceptance for deposits: Mon-Thurs  8am-3:30pm, Fri 8am - 12 noon. 

as soon as possible to secure your space​

Payment 2: Submit a payment of $1,000** to the Int'l Education Center. Once you make this payment you will have a total of $2000 on deposit.

Hours of acceptance for deposits: Mon-Thurs  8am-3:30pm, Fri 8am - 12 noon. 

October 19, 2018

Bring your passport, PDF Filemedical release, and PDF Fileoverseas release to the IEC

October 19, 2018

For students applying for the Global Citizenship Scholarship-Meet with Financial Aid Director Stacy Neal  October 26, 2018
Payment 3: Submit your payment of $3150 to the Int'l Education Center
(Scholarship amount will be credited and determine the amount of this final payment)
November 9, 2018

Course tuition and materials


*All payments must be in the form of personal credit card, check, cashier's check, or money order. The account holder name and address must appear in the upper left hand corner of the check. The memo line should contain your name and SMC Student ID Number. All checks must be made payable to "Santa Monica College". If your check is returned, the Auxiliary office will place a hold on your account and assess a $25.00 returned check fee, to be paid directly to Auxiliary. You will need to make a new payment in a different form of payment; a returned check may result in the loss of your space on the program.

**Please note the SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship cannot be used to cover the first  $2,000 of installment payments. If you are a recipient of the SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship it will be credited toward the balance of $3150. You will be responsible to pay any remaining balance by the deadline.

Online Application