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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Durban, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, Sociology, Honors, African and African American Studies, History Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Monuments, Museums, & Memory

South Africa, Summer 2019

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Monuments and museums are crucial in shaping our collective historical memory. Yet, political and social factors influence the way we view them and understand the past. What is the relationship between monuments, museums, and memory in post-apartheid South Africa? How do the arts help us develop an understanding of South Africa’s complicated past and its contested histories? This program will explore these questions through dynamic interactions with South Africa’s vibrant and diverse arts scene. Through visits to museums, historical sites, and monuments, we will learn about South Africa’s history and how the arts have shaped it. We will focus on recent efforts to strengthen black identity in the arts and public culture through student movements such as #RhodesMustFall and compare it to movements in the US such as Black Lives Matter and contemporary efforts to remove Confederate statues from public spaces.

Program Highlights

  • Learn how the arts have contributed to political discussions in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Meet with black artists using art for social change in South African townships
  • Visit the University of Cape Town, where the #RhodesMustFall campaign began


Undergraduate students only. Minimum GPA is 2.25.


6 credits

All students will take a 3-credit Art History course and will have their choice of an additional 3-credit course.

Course Options

Main Course Options (choose 1)
  • Art History- ARTH 206: Survey of African Art (satisfies Mason Core Arts requirement)
  • Art History- ARTH 398: Study Abroad in Art History
Additional course options (choose 1)
  • Honors- HNRS 131: Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives
  • Honors- HNRS 230: Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • African & African American Studies- AFAM 390: Special Topics in African and African American Studies
  • Sociology- SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Conflict Analysis - CONF 385: International Field Experience

Program Dates*

June 26 - July 20, 2019



Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town
Day 2 Academic Program Overview (Morning)
City Tour (Afternoon)
Day 3 Township Visit (Morning)
Group Discussion (Afternoon)
Day 4 Apartheid Political History
Robben Island Visit (All Day)
Group Dinner with artist and activist Lionel Davies
Day 5 Monuments tour (morning)
Rhodes Memorial (afternoon)
Evening free
Day 6 UCT Tour (Morning)
Guest Speaker: Rhodes Must Fall  (Afternoon)
Day 7 Black Arts
Q&A with museum curators
Day 8 Iziko Museums Tour
South African National Gallery
Jewish Museum of South Africa
Q&A with museum curators
Day 9 Cape Coloured Identity
District Six Tour
Bo-Kaap Neighborhood Walk
Day 10 Cape Slavery
Simon’s Town visit/Slavery Tour (All Day)
Group Dinner
Day 11 Vergelegen or Spier Winery Slavery tour (All Day)
Evening free
Day 12 Muizenburg: Rhodes Cottage Museum
Day 13 Morning: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Afternoon: V&A Waterfront
Evening: Free
Day 14 Gallery Walk
Morning: Free
Afternoon: Artist Q&A
Day 15 Fly to Durban
Evening group dinner
Day 16 City Tour Durban
Day 17 uThumbo (Children’s Art Project)
Morning: Depart for Durban Beachfront to participate in Arts project with Durban street kids
Evening Free
Day 18 HIV Conflict & Activism
Morning: Visit local schools
Afternoon: KwaMashu Township—location of HIV activist killed for HIV activism
Late afternoon: Visit Inanda Township—location of competing apartheid political party
Day 19 Nature and Cultural aesthetic
Morning: Visit Durban Botanical Gardens
Day 20 Public Health Crisis
Visit Ithembalanbantu HIV and AIDS Healthcare Center
Day 21 Day trip to Underberg to view Rock Art paintings
Day 22 Travel to Pietermaritzburg to visit sites of political activism (Gandhi) and location where Nelson Mandela is arrested
Day 23 Visit to Cultural Village in Zululand, exposure to different forms of Zulu dance & culture
Day 24 Morning: Durban Beachfront
Evening: Traditional Braai
Day 25 Depart for US
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $5,500

Summer 2019: Coming Soon!

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 17, 2019 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 14, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the Intent to Use Financial Aid or Intent to Use VA Benefits Form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The Intent to Use Financial Aid form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the Intent to Use VA Benefits Form.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  LaNitra Berger headshot
Name LaNitra Berger, PhD
Phone 703-993-2917

GEO Program Administrator

Name Sami Sonkowsky
Phone 703-993-6808
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/03/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/29/2019 07/20/2019

** 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.