South Africa Program

Why South Africa?

June 11 – July 13, 2024

The globalization of the world economy has redefined the tools needed by today’s lawyer. This summer study abroad program provides American law students the opportunity to gain an international, multi-cultural perspective. Not only will they be exposed to one of the world’s most fascinating new democratic regimes in one of the world’s most vibrant, diverse cities, but they will interact with South African law students and professors from the University of the Western Cape.

We chose South Africa because of its unique role as the most developed country on the continent. The United States, the European Union and the multitude of NGOs are looking at South Africa as a political, economic, legal and social model for the continent. American lawyers and American law students interested in human rights or in international law will benefit by understanding South Africa’s unique legal system; a legal system that mixes a tradition of Roman-Civil Law and Common Law with the statutory and constitutional law that has developed since the post-apartheid government was formed in 1994.

Finally, Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful and dynamic cities. Our field trips will take you around Cape Town and the surrounding beautiful region.


Why the University of the Western Cape and the University of Missouri Program?

  • A special partnership between UWC and the University of Missouri dating back to 1986
  • First American university to partner with a non-white South African university
  • Small classes with South African students and professors
  • Prof. Rod Uphoff has directed the program in Cape Town since 2004
  • Optional specially priced safari trip to visit Kruger Park
  • Unpaid internship opportunities for students wishing to gain additional experience before the program

This ABA-accredited summer study-abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa will consist of three two-credit courses in different areas of comparative law.

The three courses will be taught by a combination of faculty members from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) School of Law and the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape.

Students will reside in De Waterkant, one of Cape Town’s trendiest neighborhoods, and will be transported daily to their classes at the University of the Western Cape. Field trips to the Cape of Good Hope, the Stellenbosch wine region, and other scenic and historic locales are included in the itinerary. Learn more about traveling to South Africa and the program details.

South Africa Program Contact

Professor Rod Uphoff
213 Hulston Hall
Phone: (573) 882-3035

Dean Paul Litton
227 Hulston Hall
Phone: (573) 882-3247

Laura Coleman
206 Hulston Hall
Phone: (573) 882-5969

Financial Aid Questions:
Jeff Turnbull
Financial Aid Advisor
110 Hulston Hall
Phone: (573) 882-1383