Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

NAMIBIA, Southern Africa, Nation-Building, Globalization and Decolonizing the Mind


map of Namibia

Program Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: Fall or Spring
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The Clark Program in Namibia and Southern Africa, administered by Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education, offers highly motivated students the chance to study development, politics, social change, and sociology in an active learning environment. The program also offers an internship placement with a local Namibian organization. This is a very competitive program and limited space is available for both a fall or spring semester study. Students who choose the Namibia program should be prepared to be part of a small living and learning community. In addition, students should have a dedicated interest in African or development studies.

In addition to two other home stays, for about ten days students will live with Namibian families in a rural location. The accommodations during this time will be quite sparse (no electricity, no running water). Students must be self-motivated and flexible to adapt to a very different standard of living. For the duration of the semester, students live dormitory-style in a large house in Windhoek West. During regional travel, including the seminars in South Africa, modest hotels and guest houses serve as accommodation.

Your semester curriculum will explore the processes of the political and social changes occurring in Southern Africa through a mixture of coursework, guest lectures, active reflections, and direct engagement with the community. Students will take four courses: Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S., Political and Social Change in Southern Africa, The Development Process- Southern Africa, and Church and Social Change in Southern Africa or an Internship Placement. Most students choose the internship option, working with a Namibian organization specializing in a specific are of interest. Students will need to prepare a resume, and every effort will be made by Augsburg to place students with an appropriate match. The final internship project is a semester portfolio.

The program has a number of components, beginning with an orientation and seminar in Johannesburg, South Africa, and concluding with a travel seminar in Cape Town, South Africa. The rest of the program is based in Windhoek, Namibia. Located in the geographical center of the country, Windhoek is a city of about 250,000 and serves as the transportation hub, shopping and entertainment center of Namibia. Augsburg College maintains a large house in Windhoek, which serves as your home base for classes, meals, study, class, and leisure time.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, final papers are submitted, and the internship is concluded. Most Clark students choose to select the internship placement, and then must take three other courses. Please check with your faculty advisor to ensure credit toward your major and the Study Abroad Office to ensure credit transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the Augsburg program requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education. There is a one- time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. You will be billed by the Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education directly for your room and board. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees in Namibia for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester 2016-17

  • Room and Board - $2400
  • Personal Expenses - $1000
  • Airfare (based on East Coast departure) - $2400
  • Local Transportation - $100
  • Books and Supplies - $300
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.