The Economic and Business Environment in South Africa

August 2-17, 2018

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies,

The Department of Economics,  and The J. Mack Robinson College of Business,
Institute of International Business

The Program

Come join us for this exciting two-week long learning excursion to South Africa. This GSU Faculty-led program will explore the economy and business environment in South Africa. An important feature of the program is that it allows for significant interactions with South African university students; which allows our students to share their ideas and gain an appreciation for South African perspectives. Time is split between the Pretoria-Johannesburg area and Cape Town. Site visits include the Apartheid Museum, Sun City, Lesidi Cultural Village, Soweto Township, the Mandela House, Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope. In addition, we will also spend a night in a game park and go on a safari!


The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State University. All majors are welcome. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program directors.

Courses and Credit

Participants who successfully complete the program’s Study Abroad with Peers in South Africa: Economy and Business in Emerging Markets course will receive 6 semester hours of course credit at GSU. Undergraduate students should register for (IB4410/EC4620) and graduate students should register for (IB8410/EC8620). Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Cost & Financial Aid

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,800, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.

Price Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Group cultural events
  • One additional group dinner
  • Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price Does NOT Include

  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport
  • Additional meals
  • Personal expenses and excess baggage claims

Payment Schedule

January 22, 2018- $1,500 deposit with application

February 2, 2018: $1,500

March 23, 2018- $1,800 (Remaining Balance)

(All payments are non-refundable after receipt)

Financial aid is available to help fund this study abroad program. Students are highly encouraged to apply for the Georgia State University International Education Fee (IEF) Study Abroad Scholarship Program. For more information on this and other scholarship opportunities, please view the Study Abroad Scholarships page or contact Study Abroad Programs, Office of International Affairs, 404-413-2529.

To Apply

Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing and begin an online application. Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application. 

Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances. Note: Three class sessions in Atlanta prior to departure
Day 1  Morning--Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)
Afternoon--Soweto Township

Day 2  Morning—Tour of Pretoria
Afternoon—University of Pretoria Meet and Greet—All Participants (i.e. students, lectures, business and government discussants)

Day 3  Morning—Lecture-- University of Pretoria
Afternoon—Site Visit: Coca-Cola South Africa

Day 4  Morning—Lecture-- University of Pretoria Afternoon—Site Visit: Eskom SA Limited (GA Power-Southern Company)

Day 5 Morning and Afternoon— Department of Trade and Industry, Pretoria
Afternoon: Brand South Africa

Day 6. Morning— Site Visit  : Kimberly-Clark Corp. SA
Afternoon—Lesidi Cultural Village

Day 7 Palanesburg Game Park

Day 8 Company Visit (Financial, insurance, IT or other important sectors)

Day 9 Cape Town

Day 10 Robben Island Museum (The Mandela Legacy)

Day 11 Visit to a South African Winery

Day 12 Travel back to Atlanta (around August 17)

Day TBA Debriefing & Presentation Meeting

For More Information

To obtain additional information or to make further inquiry into this program, please contact the program director:

Dr. Glenwood Ross
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303
Dr. Mourad Dakhli
Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303

Related Links

Information about Cape Town


Information about Johannesburg


Information about Pretoria


GSU’s Office of Study Abroad:
For general information on study abroad, including scholarships.