South Africa

Study Abroad Programs

Cape Town, South Africa (Winter)

South Africa Intersession Program

The School of Law announced the creation of an additional study abroad opportunity in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019.

Starting in January 2019, students may travel to South Africa for a shortened two-credit hour course, Comparative Constitutional Law: Free Expression, taught by Dean Lyrissa Lidsky. Classes will be held from January 7-14, with a final exam held January 15.

Because the course is shortened, an introductory class and initial orientation will be held in Columbia in December. Students will be expected to arrive in Cape Town no later than January 4. A second orientation will take place the morning of January 5, followed by a tour of Cape Town and visit to the District 6 Museum. On January 6, students will spend the day at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point National Park.

In addition to touring Cape Town and earning two hours of credit towards a law degree, students will also take a day trip to wine country on January 12 and to Robben Island and Table Mountain on January 13.

When the course ends, students can elect to visit Kruger National Park with Professor Rod Uphoff from January 16-19. This optional trip allows students to experience incredible South African wildlife up close.


  • Program cost for a single room: $2,400
  • Program cost for a shared room: $2,100
  • Trip to Kruger National Park: $475

The program fee includes tickets for all day trips, course materials, University of Missouri fees, transportation around Cape Town and a final dinner. It does not include meals, drinks, transfer from the airport or the international flight to and from Cape Town. Additionally, those electing to attend the Kruger National Park trip will have to pay for airfare from Cape Town to Johannesburg (generally less than $150).

Additional Important Points

  • The program is limited to second- and third-year MU students who are in good academic standing.
  • The program is open to the first 18 students to apply.
  • Financial aid is available for the program cost.

Application Process

  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee and a $250 deposit with your application. The deposit is refundable up to November 1, 2018.
  • On the application, please specify if you want to attend the Kruger National Park trip. If you are uncertain at this time, please note that on your application.


January 4 Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa
January 5 Orientation, tour of Cape Town, visit to District 6 Museum
January 6 Trip to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point National Park
January 7-11 Classes
January 12 Day trip to wine country
January 13 Trip to Robben Island and Table Mountain
January 14 Morning class
January 15 Final exam
January 16-19 Trip to Kruger National Park
January 20 Return to the United States