Elephants in Africa

South Africa (AAP): Cape Town

The Global Immersion Elective program to Cape Town, South Africa is specifically designed to support the personal leadership and professional development of incoming Undergraduate Business Program students at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The Cape Town GIE centers around two topics: inclusive business and social entrepreneurship. You will start in Chapel Hill with classes during Mod 3, which cover the history, economy, political life and culture of South Africa. The classes also introduce you to the program’s unique approach to learning, which uses on-the-ground experiences, in-depth conversations and a design-thinking approach to personal leadership and professional development.

Your in-country experience in Cape Town will consist of program days full of sessions and visits from early morning until late afternoon, capped on some evenings with group dinners. In the past, students have visited a range of businesses including multinational corporations like Ogilvy & Mather (advertising) and Pick n Pay (FMCG/retail), local companies, small business entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Your global business knowledge will expand through exposure to issues of business and leadership in South Africa and, to some extent, Africa.

This immersion is deeply experiential. You will spend time in conversations with other young people from diverse backgrounds, grappling with real-life issues. South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. Its history of apartheid, during which the black majority of the population was systematically excluded from the mainstream economy by the white minority, has led to stark differences between the haves and the have-nots. 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.” Many executives in South Africa use an “inclusive leadership” approach that is increasingly relevant to the complex global workplace. The primary focus of this immersion is on such inclusive and 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. Your full engagement in this program is essential; you will be required to participate in all Chapel Hill portions of the program and all in-country activities.

This program is led by Lecturer Dave Bond, who is an International Facilitator, Executive Coach and Change Consultant.


GPA Requirement: 3.25
Language Prerequisite: None
Class during program (min): None
Language of Instruction: English

Application Dates

Application opens: August 9, 2018
Application deadline: October 4, 2018
Notifications begin: October 19, 2018