Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Southern Africa: Namibia & South Africa


Program Overview

The Clark Program in 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.

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.


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.


  • Participating students generally receive four Clark units per semester (15-18 credits), provided all requierd coursework, exams and final papers are completed.
  • All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA.
  • Students may receive no more than 2 units for an internship and all internships are taken for credit
  • Students may not take courses Pass/Fail
  • Overloads (i.e. “5th” courses) are not permitted and require special approval from the Dean of Academics


Housing & Meals

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.

Program Costs

Please check "Cost, Aid & Scholarships" section for current information.

Approximate additional costs per semester 2016-17

Clark Fall Clark Spring Namibia
Tuition $21,000.00 $21,000.00 $21,000.00
Housing $2,700.00 $2,200.00 $2,400.00
Food $1,775.00 $1,775.00 $0.00
Admin Fee $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00
Total  $25,475.00 $24,975.00 $24,400.00

*Housing includes food costs

As they do at Clark, students should anticipate needing additional spending money. Costs for some items vary so widely, it is up to students to research costs for their chosen destination.
These costs can include:

  • Personal expenses including personal travel
  • Transportation & Airfare (both getting to and from your site and any on-site travel)
  • School supplies or books
  • Passport, visa or residence permit
  • Insurance & immunizations


Application Information

In addition to Clark approval to study abroad, students must fill out the program specific application. Students should begin both processes at the same time.

  1. Submit your Augsburg application through their website.
  2. Click "Learn More or Apply"
  3. Create a login and password. Type "waivefee" in the fee space provided- do not pay fee.
  4. Program applications should be submitted by the Clark deadlines for consideration.

All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the Augsburg program requirements. Approval by Clark does not guarantee acceptance by the overseas program. All information on this page is subject to change.

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