Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind
Students learn about historical and present-day challenges in creating national identity, an inclusive multi-party democracy, and a model for development. Studying Namibia and South Africa’s model and approach to such issues provides a useful context for understanding globalization and nation-building struggles throughout the world. Gain hands-on work experience in a development agency through an academic internship for credit. Earn additional credit in Political Science, Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies, or History.
The Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind program is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution.
- The challenges posed by underdevelopment, globalization, extreme inequality, and the legacies of apartheid
- The impact of gender, race, culture, and identity on democratic processes, human rights issues, and social and economic advancement today
- Members of the African National Congress and opposition parties
- Church leaders
- Feminist and Human Rights activists
- United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives
- Students and professors from the University of Namibia
CGEE believes in experiential education as a key factor to learning and will often bring students on cultural excursions, have guest speakers, and visit local organizations that will tie in the subject matter with real-world experiences and stories.
Students will choose 4-5 courses for the semester:
- Political and Social Change in Southern Africa (Political Science 353) - 4 credits
- Environment and Sustainability in Southern Africa (Environmental 100) - 4 credits
- Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S. (History 327) - 4 credits
- The Politics of Development in Southern Africa (Political Science 354) - 4 credits
- Religion and Social Change in Southern Africa (Religion 346) - 4 credits
- An internship or an independent study for credit in Environmental Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Language and Cross-Cultural Studies, Political Science, Religion, Women's Studies, or Youth/Family Ministry - 4 credits
- Recreational Wellness: Yoga (WEL 118) 1-credit
Have you thought about expanding your resume while you study abroad? CGEE internships offer real-world experience paired with an internship seminar designed to facilitate students’ knowledge of the global workforce. Students that choose a for-credit internship will complete 112 contact hours with the agency, and at least 20 hours of class time.
Examples of previous internships at our Namibia location include:
Hope Initiatives of Southern Africa—an organization providing assistance to children hit by the AIDS pandemic.
NamRights—human rights monitoring and advocacy organization addressing violations in Namibia and the rest of the world.
Outright Namibia—ORN advocates as the voice for the LGBTQIA community in Namibia to address, redress, and arrest homophobic rhetoric in the country.
Pulse Health and Wellness—a health and wellness company offering contextually relevant and accessible fitness and nutrition solutions to women in Namibia
Placements are made with agencies that have expressed a need for receiving a student. In addition to meeting the professional and personal needs of the students, internships are designed to foster reciprocal relationships between the student, the organization, and CGEE. Due to this reason, CGEE cannot guarantee any specific placement for a semester, but we will try to find the right match for each student and organization.
Credit available in:
- Cross-Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Religion
Watch videos of previous placements with students at our YouTube Channel!
CGEE believes in learning from the community, which is why we include homestays with local families on the program. You will have multiple homestays on this program – a mix of both rural and urban homes across the two countries. Showing students different family environments is important for learning about the diversity of life and culture in South Africa and Namibia.
Students will have multiple homestay experiences on the program, including:
- a weekend homestay in Soweto Township, South Africa
- a week-long homestay in an urban household in Windhoek
- a homestay in rural Namibia
Our Study Center
When you are not staying with a host family or traveling, you will live in our study center in Windhoek. The CGEE house is a 10-minute walk from downtown Windhoek, where students will find traditional and international cuisines, art galleries, contemporary shopping malls, live concerts, and public gardens where festivals are held throughout the year. Students can travel anywhere from an outdoor craft and food market in Windhoek’s township areas to a movie theater in the suburbs for one low taxi fare. Students are sure to run into many friendly faces as they explore the various cultural and entertainment activities that this vibrant community has to offer.
Take a virtual tour of our study center in Windhoek on YouTube.
CGEE programs are highly experiential by design. We like to get you out of the classroom and into the community! Our classes include guest speakers, trips to visit local groups, museums, businesses, and more. We also include fun excursions in the area to help you learn even more about the history, culture, and region!
All of our excursions are included in program fee, so you will always have amazing activities to join, with no hidden costs! Our Southern Africa program takes students to a variety of excellent areas such as:
- Etosha Game National Reserve
- Namib Desert
- Walvis Bay
- the Atlantic Coast
- rural areas of Namibia
- A one-week educational seminar in Johannesburg
- A one-week educational seminar in Cape Town
- A visit to the Eastern Cape
What is Included
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
- in-country transportation
- all meals
- program-related travel and excursions
- fair wages for staff and speakers
- flights to and from the program - while CGEE arranges group travel for our semester participants, you will pay out of pocket for your ticket
- personal spending money
- for souvenirs, occasional dining out and events, or for more extensive travel during spring/fall breaks, if you choose to do so.
- Books and other supplies
*Please note: your school may charge other fees or tuition rates, depending on their study abroad policies, or whether Augsburg CGEE is an approved program at your school. Please talk to your school’s study abroad advisor to learn more about how costs and financial aid for study abroad work at your institution.
For Augsburg University students: The tuition for a semester program during the academic year 2017/18 is equivalent to one semester at Augsburg University. You will also receive an automatic scholarship of $1,500 for this program. All of your financial aid package, including scholarships, will apply to this program. Augsburg students will receive a personalized cost estimate form (including your financial aid award) once you have started your application. For more questions about study abroad/away financial policies, please come to one of our information sessions.
We have a variety of scholarships and discounts available to students participating on a CGEE semester program. Each application is linked below for more information:
- Students of Color Endowed Scholarship
- Yackel Endowed Scholarship
- Diversity Scholarship
- Early Award (Need-based) - see if you qualify for an award before you are accepted into the program!
- Returnee Discount
- Automatic discount of 10% off a second semester program for students who combine two semester programs during their college career. There are no forms to submit for this discount.
- Summer Discount
- Students who participate in a full semester program in Mexico will receive a 10% discount off a summer session (before or after the semester program). There are no forms to submit for this discount.
- Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Member Discount
- Award of $500 tuition discount. Students who qualify must submit a PJSA Membership Confirmation Form to receive the aid. This discount cannot be applied to the Social Work in a Latin American Context program.
“Incredible experience! The program as a whole was very hands on and we were always working with people in the community, listening to speakers, and gaining knowledge of the local perspective. I learned a lot about myself, Namibian culture, and the role of building an international community.” - Hannah, Bates College, Political Science major
“The program is awesome, from the visit to South Africa to the stay in Namibia. It is so well organized that we could only so much within such short period of time. The staffs are amazing as well, they are more than just our professors, RA and cook; we built a meaningful relationship/friendship which just add to the experiential learning.” - Clara, Lafayette College, Sociology major, International Affairs minor
Want to hear more?
Read our reviews at third-party website, goabroad.com.
More visual? Check out CGEE YouTube’s Southern Africa Playlist
Augsburg students please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level
Students from all other colleges and universities please contact email@example.com to be connected with a CGEE representative.
- A copy of your transcript (unofficial and electronic are accepted)
- An approval form, signed by your study abroad office
- Answer the short essay questions
- Read and review policy information and resources
What You Need to Apply: Auggies
- Attend an Info Session (or watch online)
- Review the CGEE Policies and forms (in the application)
- Answer the essay questions
- Review, sign, and submit your cost estimate form
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2019||10/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||02/10/2019||06/08/2019|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.