UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Global Immersion Elective Programs

South Africa: Cape Town

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    The global immersion program to Cape Town, South Africa is targeted at the personal leadership and professional needs of incoming Assured Admit students at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The immersion has two key topics: Inclusive business and social entrepreneurship. It starts in Chapel Hill with classes during mod 3 (January – March), which cover the history, economy, political life and culture of South Africa. The classes also introduce you to the approach to learning in this GIE, which is about using on-the-ground experiences, in-depth conversations and a ‘design-thinking’ approach to personal leadership and professional development. The in-country portion of this program to Cape Town is scheduled for March 9-18 (including travel). You will have full program days with sessions and visits from early morning until late afternoon, and group dinners on some evenings. In the past, students have visited multi-nationals such Ogilvy & Mather (advertising) and Pick n Pay (FMCG/retail), local companies, small business entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

    This program consists of classes in mod 3 and an on-the-ground experience in Cape Town, March 9-18, 2018.

    Application checklist

    • GPA Requirement: 3.25 (your GPA will be verified after Fall 2017 grades have been posted)
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): None
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: No 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Spring

      Spring dates are March 9 – 18, 2018

    The program begins with a series of classes in mod 3, in Chapel Hill, on the economy, political life, and culture of the region where you will be traveling in March. Full attendance and participation are required at these classes.

    These classes are held in the McColl building from 5:00pm–7:30pm on the following dates:
    January 17, 2018
    January 24, 2018
    January 31, 2018
    February 7, 2018
    February 14, 2018
    February 28, 2018
    March 28, 2018
    April 11, 2018

    The on-the-ground program (March 9-18, 2018) consists of 10-12 hour days filled with company visits, academic sessions, debriefs, and some cultural exploration.

    Application Dates

    Application opens: August 1, 2017
    Application deadline: October 5, 2017
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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Participants will earn three hours of graded UNC business elective credit and will satisfy the requirements for Experiential Education and will earn 5 points towards the Kenan-Flagler Global Inclusive Leadership Initiative. Students must successfully complete the mod 3 coursework (January - March) and the on-the-ground immersion (March 9-18) in order to receive credit for this course. On the ground in South Africa, you will have full program days with sessions and visits from early morning until late afternoon, and group dinners on some evenings.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    Students will stay in hotels, in double occupancy rooms, in Cape Town.

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  • Student Life

    This program exposes students to issues of business and leadership in South Africa and, to some extent, Africa, with a view to informing your global business knowledge. South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. Its history of apartheid, during which the majority of the population was systematically excluded from mainstream economy, has led to stark differences between the have’s and the have not’s. In this context, many people have started looking for ways to create more inclusive markets and businesses, whilst others are striving to build ‘from the base of the pyramid’ up; executives use an ‘inclusive leadership’ approach that has increasing relevance for the complex global workplace. The primary focus of this immersion is on such inclusive, socially impactful, business approaches. The program aims to give you as much of an ‘insider’ experience of South Africa as possible through meetings with South Africans from all walks of life. This immersion is designed to be deeply experiential – you will spend time in conversations with other young people from diverse backgrounds, grappling with real-life issues. Your full engagement is essential. Students are required to participate in all Chapel Hill portions of the program and all in country activities.« PrevNext »
  • South Africa-AAP Spring 2018

    Disclaimer: These budget figures are subject to change for various reasons, including but not limited to bank fees, UNC tuition and exchange rate fluctuations. In this event, your student account will be amended accordingly.

    Cashier Billed Expenses
      Tuition and Fees
    $ 1,350

    Study Abroad Fee1 $ 700

    GeoBlue Health Insurance: Student Coverage $ 14.20

    Cashier Billed Subtotal $ 2,064.20

    Out of Pocket Estimates
      International Airfare $1,500

    Personal Expenses $ 200

    International Cell Phone Plan
    $ 30

    Out of Pocket Subtotal $ 1,730
    Grand Total $ 3,794.20

    Special Notes
    1 The Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed to your student account only if you accept an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad. In addition, Non-UNC Chapel Hill students will also be billed a $100 registration fee to register the student at UNC for the term of the study abroad program. Again, this $100 fee will be billed to the student account only if the Non-UNC student accepts an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad.

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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