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Program Description:


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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.

Learn About:
  • 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
Meet With:
  • 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:



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
When traveling throughout the region, accommodations include guesthouses and camping (equipment provided).

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
S. Africa excursions



What is Included
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
  • in-country transportation
  • housing
  • all meals
  • program-related travel and excursions
  • insurance
  • tuition
  • fair wages for staff and speakers
What is not Included
  • 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
For students at schools other than Augsburg University: The tuition rate, room and board, and fees for a semester program during the academic year 2017/18 is approximately *$18,615. You may review the cost estimate form for for an itemized breakdown: Fall Semester Cost Estimate; Spring Semester Cost Estimate.

*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.


Scholarships Available

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: Additionally, we offer the following discounts:
  • 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.


What do our participants have to say about their time on the 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,

More visual? Check out CGEE YouTube’s Southern Africa Playlist


Contact Us for Questions

Augsburg students please contact or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level

Students from all other colleges and universities please contact to be connected with a CGEE representative.

Application Instructions

What You Need to Apply: Non-Augsburg Students
  • 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
You can also watch this short 4-minute video if you would like to see what the application looks like:


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
Auggies can talk to an advisor in the Oyate Commons any time with application or program questions. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
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.