May 16 - June 9, 2018

Enrollment in the program is limited, so you are encouraged to apply early. BU in South Africa is open to all undergraduates regardless of major or class year.

We will begin reviewing applications on Oct. 11 and admit students on a rolling basis.


Bucknell in South Africa is a three-week service-learning program based in Cape Town. Students earn credit for MGMT, PSYC, ECON, or IP as we explore how South Africa is addressing the legacy of apartheid through social entrepreneurship and community development.

Estimated Cost $6,500

This amount includes tuition, roundtrip airfare from JFK in New York City, housing, most meals, excursions, and travel & accident insurance. A limited number of scholarships is available to cover a portion of the cost.


Living Accommodations

Students stay at Green Elephant Backpackers in the hip Observatory neighborhood near Cape Town University. It's just a short walk to a smorgasbord of dining options and live music venues.

Required Course

Addressing the Legacy of Apartheid: Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development

Students can enroll in the required course for MGMT, PSYC, ECON, or IP credit.

The course carries the SL (Service Learning) designation and satisfies the following requirements:

  • GBCC (Global Connections) & GLSP (Engineering Global and Societal Perspectives)
  • SLSC (Social Science) & EGSS (Engineering Social Science)

Likely Excursions

  • Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned)
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • District Six Museum
  • Winelands Tour
  • !Khwa ttu San Cultural Center
  • Boulders Beach & Cape Point

Students will also have free time to explore on their own. There are opportunities for safaris, shark and whale watching, hiking and much more.

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