AIFS Study Abroad in South Africa, Public Health Program: Summer
Earn up to 7 credits through a variety of courses when you study with AIFS in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This unique academic program introduces students to the health care system in South Africa, covering themes in disease, malnutrition, poverty, and mental and psychosocial health. The course uses readings, presentations and experiential learning, and students have the opportunity to have a community based on-site rotation at the Stellenbosch University Rural Clinic. Enjoy cultural activities such as sporting events, beach excursions, trips to local craft and food markets, a vineyard tour, and hiking trips. A 6-day trip along the famous Garden Route, and a 3-day trip to the beautiful West Coast National Park are included.
AIFS is recognized as the premium provider of study abroad programs. Our all-inclusive program fees cover tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available each year. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS.
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Offering more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support each year!
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Courses and Credits
The AIFS Public Health Care program at Stellenbosch offers courses taught in English in history, political science and public health. For a summary of courses available to students, please see the AIFS catalogue at aifsabroad.com
. Specific Ohio State course equivalences and credits will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process
in full beforehand.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.8 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit applications to both OIA (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page) and AIFS by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the AIFS program fee* and GeoBlue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The AIFS program fee includes tuition, housing, excursions, ten meals per week and in-country orientation.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
*OSU students participating on an OSU-approved AIFS semester program will discount of $400 (each semester);
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. Both the OIA and AIFS applications must be submitted by the Ohio State deadline. The AIFS application can be found at aifsabroad.com
. All AIFS application materials must be submitted directly to AIFS.
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Please review the AIFS scholarship page
for additional funding opportunities.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.