South Africa 2020

Capetown, Johannesburg

June 17 - 27, 2020 - POSTPONED

Global Leadership & Social Impact in the Rainbow Nation - Experience & Explore South Africa!


  • Learn more about Global Social Impact
  • Explore African business environments and culture
  • Visit leading African universities and offices, and branches of major Pacific Northwest companies
  • Improve global leadership skills, work-place adaptability and cross-cultural understanding
  • Develop professional skills via exposure to global business professionals and businesses

Rich in natural resources, South Africa’s economy has been growing steadily, making it one of the strongest economies in the region and continent. Despite these resources, many parts of the country are still under developed, and South African society remains strongly divided into economic, social and racial classes. The devastating history of Apartheid has created unique economic and social challenges for development and the HIV/AIDS epidemic also has had a distressing and debilitating effect on the country.

Students are able to register for either INBU 4940/5940 (Cultural Intelligence), MGMT 4940/5940 (Extraordinary Leaders: Africa), or both! Each of the two courses will meet about three times on campus before we depart. *INBU 4940 counts as an equivalent for INBU 3200!

Cape Town from Table Mountain at sunset
Cape Town from Table Mountain at sunset
Nelson Mandela in Braamfontein
Nelson Mandela in Braamfontein
Acacia tree under a rainbow on the veld
Acacia tree on the veld
Cheetah on safari
Cheetah on Safari


Available for both SQ20 & RQ20 registration

Cultural Intelligence
(INBU 4940-02/5940-02)

Aaron Thornburg, Esq., Department of Management

In this course, we are interested in the subtle but crucial role that culture takes in creating relationships with business colleagues and clients across companies, industries, languages, environments and borders. South Africa certainly has its own identity and particularities, but it also shares a great many values with the other more Anglo-Saxon countries or Anglosphere, which account for just shy of 10% of the global population, over 40% of global national wealth, and 20% of the global land area. We will take a hands-on approach to the challenges found in business communication across cultures, specifically African and South African, including: team and individual communication, as well as face-to-face versus virtual communication. Emphasis will also be placed on how communication differs cross-culturally in leadership roles.

Extraordinary Leaders: Africa
(MGMT 4940-05/5940-05

Randy Massengale, Department of Management

This course is directed at providing participants with a historical overview of the lives and accomplishments of great leaders in private, public, and religious enterprises and organizations. It examines leaders in context of the principles, philosophies, and tactics they used to accomplish their objectives. Our focus will be leaders from South Africa.

Registration and Cost

Program Fee: $2,999


  • All on-site accommodation for program dates
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Entrance fees for course activities
  • Flights between Cape Town & Johannesburg
  • Program-related in-country travel
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and two dinners (roughly ¾ of all meals)
  • Local SIM cards can be arranged upon request

Not Included:

Airfare from US to South Africa, and the few remaining dinners. US students do not require a Visa, but those few international students who may require Visa will have to purchase those individually. Your student advisors can help you discuss financial aid and scholarship options.

Applications due at 11:59 pm Feb. 15, 2020. Applications open in December 2019.