May 17 - June 10, 2017

Required Course: ECON 270: Addressing the Legacy of Apartheid: Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development

Faculty Directors: Geoff Schneider and Erdogan Bakir, Economics


Program Information

Mountain in South Africa This program takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on efforts to address the legacy of apartheid through social entrepreneurship and community development initiatives.   Students will work with community groups that are attempting to address South Africa’s pressing problems: inequality, poverty, inadequate health and education services, etc. And, they will undertake this valuable work in one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Program Course

BU Cape Town

The course begins during the spring semester with three pre-trip classes studying the history of apartheid in South Africa and how that past is tied to current issues in the country.

In Cape Town, students spend their mornings engaged in classes about South Africa's post-apartheid economic development. As the world’s most unequal large country with a recent history of racial oppression, the challenges are immense. And yet, the economic potential is also significant and something that can be addressed with useful economic development efforts. In the afternoon, students travel to their sites of practice (nonprofit, community, and other organizations) throughout Cape Town. These sites of practice allow students to see how the subjects discussed in class are playing out within various communities across Cape Town, and to join with community leaders in their work toward positive change.

The program is open to ALL students from ANY background, and there are no prerequisites.


Island in South Africa The program includes group excursions to various historical and cultural sites throughout Cape Town and the region.  These will include a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned for his opposition to apartheid, as well as museums that offer a glimpse of South African history. We will also visit townships that show the lingering effects of apartheid.  Other scenic trips include Table Mountain, Cape Point, Penguin Beach, and the Cape Wine Country that showcase South Africa's breath-taking beauty. Students will also have some free days to explore the region. There are opportunities for safaris, shark and whale watching, hiking, and much more.

Program Cost

$6,300  (estimate).  Please note that the program cost includes Bucknell University summer school tuition, flights from JFK Airport in New York to and from Cape Town, housing, in-country transportation, all group excursion fees, and almost all in-country meals.

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