Office of International Programs

Travel-South Africa

Leadership Study Abroad in South Africa


June 18 - July 3, 2019

 LOS 470 (6 credits) or LOS 670 (3 credits)

The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to familiarize you with key issues, theories, and practices in intercultural leadership and to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and multicultural experiences necessary to be an effective, globally aware leader. After several months of study examining the socio-cultural, historical, and philosophical aspects of leadership from a global perspective, we will visit South Africa for two weeks in the summer.

Foundational to our African exploration will be service learning with a focus on community leadership. Led by program facilitators from Red Zebra, we will travel to the beautiful Montagu, a two-hour drive from Cape Town, and work with the people in its communities. We will also make plenty of time to see historic sites, engage in cultural experiences, and explore the stunning natural beauty of the region.

In the end, through program readings, site experiences, and reflection exercises, students will examine a wide range of cultural factors that influence the quality of a leader's performance in these environments.

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Dr. Tara Grey Coste teaches Group Dynamics, Research Methods, and Deliberate Creativity & Innovation, as well as other courses in the Leadership and Organizational Studies programs. Since 2001 she has traveled to South Africa each year to work with the South African Creativity Foundation to help support leadership efforts in this young democracy. She has been taking students to South Africa for the last eight years and is the founder of USM's Montagu Project.

Dr. Sharon Timberlake is particularly interested in this program as it is both interdisciplinary and collaborative.  Her teaching, which encompasses cultural difference, diversity, and many other topics, is founded on these concepts. She has a passion for Africa and has served on the Board of the Museum of African Tribal Art, the Sudanese Youth Organization, and the Center for African Heritage. As a scholar of leadership and public policy, Sharon is excited to take part in the truly unique learning environment that is the hallmark of the Montagu Project.


The application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2018.  After this date, applications will be considered on a space available basis.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost) due with the application form
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member(s) leading the program)
  • Official copies of all academic transcripts

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is $3,350. The cost of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are in addition to the program fee. Six credits of undergraduate tuition and fees is ~$1,800. Three credits of graduate tuition and fees is ~$1,300. 

The program fee includes accommodation, airfare, scheduled in-country travel, site visits, three meals a day, field trips and international insurance coverage.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, or other personal expenses. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan for the program fee. The $200 desposit will be applied to cost of the program fee and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due TBD

Remaining balance due TBD


Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.