Office of International Programs

Travel-South Africa

Leadership Study Abroad in South Africa

 June 28 - July 11, 2017

 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 youth leadership development. 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, Communication & Relationship Building, Deliberate Creativity & Innovation, and other courses in the Leadership and Organizational Studies programs. Since 2001 she has traveled to South Africa each year to present at conferences and work for the South African Creativity Foundation and other organizations. She has been taking USM students to South Africa for the last six years.

Dr. Elizabeth Fisher Turesky teaches Leadership, Organizational Change and Development, Organizational Behavior, and Training and Development and other courses in the Leadership and Organizational Studies programs. Since 2006, she has traveled with students to Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, and the U.K. and has presented overseas at conferences in the Czech Republic, Singapore, and South Africa on conflict management, experiential learning and teaching, and women and leadership. Her teaching and scholarship are rooted in experiential learning principals with an abiding commitment to creating inclusive, nurturing learning environments.


The application deadline is November 15, 2016.  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 $3,200. The cost of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are in addition to the program fee.The program fee includes accommodation, airfare, scheduled in-country travel, site visits, field trips and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan. Six credits of tuition and fees for undergraduates and three credits for graduate students are an additional cost.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, or other personal expenses. Two meals a day are included in the program fee. Six credits of undergraduate tuition and fees is $1,686. Three credits of graduate tuition and fees is $1,224. 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. The two $100 deposits will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April 2017, exact date TBD

Remaining balance due May 2017, exact date TBD


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. In order to receive the benefit of financial aid, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits during the summer for a summer travel course. If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the payment plan schedule.

Include the costs of this course in your FAFSA application. 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.

USM's Office of International Programs offers small scholarships for students enrolled in summer travel courses. Scholarships are competitive and awards are up to $500. The application deadline is March 18, 2016. Students applying for the International Summer Scholarship must apply to a travel course before or at the same time as submitting a scholarship application.