Community engagement across cultures

The College of Human Sciences, in collaboration with Stenden University, offers students semester-long study abroad experiences focusing on one of these subject areas: Community Engagement, International Hotel and Restaurant Management, Lodge Management, Strategic Hospitality Management, or Hospitality Operations Management.

This case-based learning environment prepares students to work with multi-disciplinary teams, and engage as global citizens alongside fellow students from across the globe. The program’s community partners engage students to solve real-world problems while immersed in and experiencing a culture that is not their own. Human Development and Family Science majors and Global Studies in Human Sciences majors have the option for this course of study to count as their internship requirement. Hunger Studies minors may also use these 12 credit hours towards the Hunger Studies minor.


Program suspended due to Covid19

South Africa


The course that is offered as part of this program are HUSC 5940 (12 credit hours + internship option)
Faculty Director: Jaimie Sailors


The program fee of $7,500 includes:

  • Room (double occupancy) and three meals per day on campus
  • Modules and other resources needed to complete course work
  • Airport transportation from/to Port Alfred Port Elizabeth, South Africa airport on arrival and departure
  • Transportation to and from your community outreach site
  • Trip cancellation insurance (including your international flight)
  • Activities included in the Program Fee:
    • Community outreach placements and transportation to those placements in the Port Alfred area.
    • Module books and/or textbooks needed to complete course requirements

The program fee does not include:

  • Auburn Abroad fee of $677 (instead of tuition; same regardless of whether you are in-state or out-of state)
  • Airfare to and from Port Elizabeth, South Africa ($1500-$2500)
  • Passport fees
  • Cell phone and usage
  • Personal travel
  • Immunizations


If you do not have a passport: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as you know you are participating in the program. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad and must have two totally blank (unstamped) visa pages to enter South Africa. Students who have traveled to WHO-designated yellow fever countries are required to present their current and valid International Certificate of Vaccination as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (commonly called a “yellow card”). This requirement is imposed on travelers flying to South Africa via yellow fever countries, even when passengers transiting a yellow fever country do not deplane in the yellow fever country (e.g., flights stopping in Senegal, Ghana, or Kenya), or if the plane makes an unscheduled landing in a yellow fever country. As a precaution, all travelers to South Africa should carry their original yellow vaccination card.

Visa Regulation:



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