UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Global Immersion Elective Programs

South Africa: Cape Town and Johannesburg

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 Johannesburg and Cape Town has three integrative topics: Inclusive leadership, inclusive business and social entrepreneurship. It starts in Chapel Hill with classes during mod 4, 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 for personal and professional development through reflection and conversation.

    The program in Johannesburg and Cape Town is scheduled for May 12-27, 2019. 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 as CitiBank, Proctor and Gamble and McKinsey, as well as local companies, small business entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. The program includes a live, team project deliverable in country (past examples include: a podcast broadcast and a public marketing campaign storyboard).

    This program consists of classes in mod 4 and an on-the-ground experience in Johannesburg and Cape Town, May 12–27, 2019.

    You can view a draft itinerary to get a sense of the in-country program in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

    Application checklist

    • GPA Requirement: 3.25 
    • 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

    The program begins with a series of classes in mod 4, in Chapel Hill, on the economy, political life, and culture of the region where you will be traveling in May. Full attendance and participation are required at these classes.

    All Round 1 applicants are required to attend a GIE session on December 4, 2018 from 5-6pm to discuss the academic expectations of the program, flight plans, and to ask any questions prior to enrolling in the program. All Round 2 applicants are required to attend the January 22, 2019 session.

    This class meets in the McColl Building from 5:00pm-7:30pm on the following dates:
    March 5, 2019
    March 26, 2019
    April 2, 2019
    April 9, 2019
    April 16, 2019
    April 23, 2019
    April 30, 2019

    The on-the-ground program (May 12-27, 2019) consists of 10-12 hour days filled with company visits, academic sessions, debriefs, and some cultural exploration.

    Application Dates

    Application opens: November 1, 2018

    Round 1 Applicants:
    • Round 1 application deadline for Summer 2019: November 15, 2018
    • Notification for Round 1 applicants begins: December 14, 2018

    Round 2 Applicants:
    • Round 2 application deadline for Summer 2019: January 17, 2019
    • Notification for Round 2 applicants begins: February 1, 2019
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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Participants will be enrolled in a 3.0 credit hour course, earning UNC business elective credit, satisfying the requirements for Experiential Education and earning points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Students must successfully complete the mod 4 coursework (Feb - April) and the on the ground immersion (May 12-27, 2018) 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 Johannesburg and in Cape Town.

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  • Student Life

    The Global Immersion Elective program to Johannesburg and Cape Town will expose you 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, people have started looking for ways to create more inclusive markets and businesses. The primary focus of this immersion is on such inclusive business and leadership approaches. We will be exploring topics like inclusive business models, social entrepreneurship, grassroots business, social innovation and the role of mobile technology. In the conversations about these topics, leadership will be a recurring theme – business leadership, political leadership, youth leadership and your personal understanding and application of leadership as you go through this immersion.« PrevNext »
  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:
    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

      Tuition & Program Fees1

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit
    $0 (US Citizens)

    Passport Application Renewal
      International Cell Phone Plan2 $70
      Personal Expenses3
                Meals Not Provided by Program $100
                Travel Insurance $100
                Local Transportation Not Provided by Program
                Hotel Incidentals (ex. Laundry, Phone) $25
                Shopping/Souvenirs $100
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: $6,813

    1Includes accommodations (including breakfast daily and wireless internet), ground transportation, transportation between Johannesburg and Cape Town, venue rental if required, airport transfers, lunches, and cultural activities as outlined on the itinerary, gratuities for guides and study abroad administrative fee ($700).
    2Cost of plan varies depending on individual cell phone provider. The program expects participants to purchase an international phone plan for emergency purposes. Wifi available at the hotel.
    3Includes meals not included above, local transportation for evenings out on your own, shopping/souvenirs, incidentals in the hotel (e.g. phone, laundry, room service, minibar, etc.), cell phone charges, personal travel insurance, etc.
    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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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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