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 two key topics: Inclusive business and leadership. 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 13-28, 2018. 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 GE, CitiBank, Ogilvy, and Nandos, local companies, small business entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
    This program consists of classes in mod 4 and an on-the-ground experience in Johannesburg and Cape Town, May 13–28, 2018.

    View the 2015 itinerary.

    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

    This program is offered during the following terms: Summer

    Summer dates are May 13 – May 28, 2018

    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.

    These classes are held in the McColl building from 5:00pm–7:30pm on the following dates:
    February 22
    March 1, 22
    April 5, 19, 26

    The on the ground program (May 13–28, 2018) consists of 10-12 hour days filled with company visits, academic sessions, debriefs, and some cultural exploration.

    Application Dates

    Application opens: November 1, 2017

    Round 1* Applicants:
    • Round 1 application deadline for Summer 2018: November 21, 2017
    • Notification for Round 1 applicants begins: December 13, 2017

    Round 2 Applicants:
    • Round 2 application deadline for Summer 2018: January 18, 2018
    • Notification for Round 2 applicants begins: February 2, 2018

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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 5 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 13-28, 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 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 »
  • South Africa Summer 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 Program Fees1
    $ 3,500

    Study Abroad Fee2 $ 700

    GeoBlue Health Insurance: Student Coverage $ 22.72

    Cashier Billed Subtotal $ 4,222.72

    Out of Pocket Estimates
      International Airfare $2,000

    Personal Expenses3 $ 300

    International Cell Phone Plan
    $ 60

    Out of Pocket Subtotal $ 2,360
    Grand Total $ 6,582.72

    Special Notes

    1 Includes ground transportation, accommodations (including breakfast and wireless internet access), lunches and dinners as outlined on your itinerary, cultural activities, gratuities for guides and baggage handling (as part of ground transportation)

    2 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.

    3 Includes 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.

    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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