Explore South Africa, learn rich history and culture this summer

Published: January 14th, 2013

Category: News

By Felicia Holloman (3L)
Law student writer

Ever wanted to explore another continent or be immersed in another culture? Students enrolled in the UF Law South Africa study abroad program can do that and more this summer.

From June 10 to July 12, students will be enrolled in the University of Cape Town (UCT), studying comparative and international law. UCT is the No. 1 ranked university in Africa, according to The Times Higher Education world university rankings.

The program also covers South Africa’s history with apartheid, or racial segregation, and how the new South African constitution is helping to reform the country by focusing on civil rights. These lessons are supplemented by excursions to historic sites around the country.

“Students get to see one of the most beautiful places in the world while learning about their struggles and progress as a nation,” said Michelle Ocepek, director of student programs at UF Law.

Ocepek has also heard rave reviews from students who have previously studied abroad in South Africa.

“I know that it is a great experience based on student feedback. Students have stated that the faculty interaction that takes place and the friendships that are made with the other students make it worthwhile,” Ocepek said.

The courses offered are comparative constitutional law with Professor Sharon Rush; “The South African Legal System: From Apartheid to Transition to Nation-building” with UCT Professor Mohamed Paleker; “Crime, Human Rights and the International Criminal Court” with Professor Kenneth Nunn; and comparative alternative dispute resolution with Dean Rachel Inman.

Students can apply for the program until March 15. The application requires a $150 non-refundable deposit that can be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.

Enrollment is usually capped at 28 students, and seats are filled in the order applications are received.

Students are encouraged to attend an interest meeting on Tuesday at noon in HOL 270 for more information about the South Africa study abroad experience. A former student will be available to answer questions about the program, and pizza and drinks will be provided.