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Advocating in South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Short Term,
Program Description:

Advocating in South Africa (Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town)

Course Number: PSAD 6200.DE1 (3 credits)
Professor: Christopher Arterton, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Management, GSPM
Blackboard-Based Course Dates: July 1- August 1, 2017
Global Perspective Residency Dates: August 5-12, 2017
Additional information can be found on the GSPM website.

Is This Program for Me?
Are you . . .
  • seeking to advance commerce or a cause in South Africa?
  • looking to effect change in the region?
  • interested in operating in international markets, overcoming the complexities of differing political and societal environments?
  • curious about what advocacy tools really influence governments, parliaments, politicians, and legislators -- in the U.S. and around world?
If so, we invite you to join us.

Why Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town?
During our travel period in South Africa, students will explore the challenges of advocacy and communications throughout the region, which has increasing economic and geopolitical significance. Students will be exposed to the governance structures, the power holders and decision makers, and best practices in advocacy in areas including South Africa and the surrounding region.

What Will My Days Be Like in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town?
Following is a sample itinerary for one day abroad (2-3 days per city):

9:00-9:30am: Transfer
9:30am-12:00pm: Meeting with Political Party Representatives
12:00-12:30pm: Transfer
12:30-2:00pm: Lunch with American Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, or similar organization
2:00-2:30pm: Transfer
2:30-4:00pm: Panel: NGOs
4:00-4:30pm: Transfer
4:30-6:00pm: Panel: CEOs and Corporate Executives
Evening: Dinner and activities on students' own

What Dates Are the Class and the Travel to South Africa?
Blackboard-Based Classes:July 1- August 1, 2017 Lectures, readings, and assignments will be made available on Blackboard. Due dates will be listed on the syllabus, and work can be completed at your own pace as long as deadlines are met.
Global Perspective Residency in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town: August 5-12, 2017

When Do I Apply, and When Will I Be Notified of My Acceptance?
Application Deadline: April 7, 2017
Acceptance Decisions: Beginning April 30, 2017

How Much Will This Cost?
Tuition: $4,965 ($1655/credit; estimate subject to change)
Health and Safety Insurance: $25
Hotel: $950 (seven nights’ accommodations + daily breakfast)
Group Transport: $300 (for intra-country airfare, bus rental, taxi, subway, and/or other daily transportation needs throughout the week)
Group Meals: $300 (GSPM dinner reception, lunches, and Farewell Dinner-Reception)
Estimated Total on GW Bill: $6540

NOTE: The listed fees are subject to change. The "Estimated Total on GW Bill" comprises the costs that will appear on the GW Student Accounts bill. All other expenses -- including airfare, non-group meals, non-group transportation, passport and visa fees, etc. -- will be sought out and paid by students directly and will not be billed through the university. GSPM reserves the right to change this program at any time without notice.

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