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South Africa: Cape Town & Johannesburg

On this Global Immersion Elective program to Cape Town and Johannesburg, your global business knowledge will expand through exposure to issues of business and leadership in South Africa and, to some extent, Africa. The in-country program includes the development and presentation of a team-based deliverable. Examples of recent deliverables include a podcast broadcast and a public marketing campaign storyboard.

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. The primary focus of this immersion is on the inclusive business and leadership approaches that have developed in this context. You will be exploring topics like inclusive business models, social entrepreneurship, grassroots business, social innovation and the role of mobile technology. In 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 participate in this course.

The program starts in Chapel Hill with classes that 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 for personal and professional development through reflection and conversation. In Cape Town and Johannesburg you will experience program days full of sessions and visits from early morning until late afternoon, capped on some evenings with group dinners. You will visit a range of businesses, including multinational corporations like Citibank, Proctor and Gamble and McKinsey, as well as local companies, small business entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

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
  • Non-UNC May Apply? No

Application Dates

  • Application Opens: Nov. 1, 2019
  • Round 1 Application Deadline: Nov. 14, 2019
  • Round 1 Notifications Begin: Dec. 13, 2019
  • Round 1 Enrollment Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
  • Round 2 Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Round 2 Notifications Begin: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Round 2 Enrollment Deadline: Feb. 7, 2020

Program Information