Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa
Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) is a six-week study abroad experience. This highly selective program offers a number of unique features and benefits:
- Work experience in an international setting: Students who enroll in this program travel to Cape Town, South Africa where they work on consultant teams.
- Development of practical solutions: Participants assist local emerging entrepreneurs to develop practical solutions to pressing problems in surrounding townships.
- Cultural immersion: Students experience the cultural context in which these entrepreneurs live and work and become acquainted with the distinct challenges that these entrepreneurs face.
Selection criteria: This program is open to upper level undergraduate and graduate students who have a 3.0 GPR or higher. All majors are welcome to apply.
Selection process: Interested students must complete the online EESA application. After submitting a completed application, candidates are interviewed by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship staff. Students who are accepted into the EESA program need to complete additional applications with Texas A&M University Study Abroad Office and the University of Florida.
Course credit: Students may earn course credit for participating in this program. EESA is hosted in partnership with University of Florida, which awards course credit to participants.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted by December 9th to make the priority deadline. The final deadline is Friday, January 27th.
NOTE: Applications received at the final deadline may not be available for all scholarships.
Important dates for Summer 2018:
- Housing in South Africa begins – June 8, 2018
- EESA program begins – June 10, 2018
- EESA program ends – July 20, 2018
- Housing in South Africa ends – July 21, 2018
Tuition and fees: This program costs approximately $4,500 for tuition and fees. These funds cover:
- All accommodations
- Six credit hours of coursework through the University of Florida
- University of Cape Town program fee
- All books and materials
- In-country transportation
- Daily breakfast
- Outings to Cape Point, Robben Island, Table Mountain and a tour of the wine country
Additional costs: Students will need to cover additional costs beyond tuition and fees. These costs include:
- Passport and visa
- Round-trip international air transportation to South Africa (approximately $1,300-$2,000 from Houston)
- Most meals (lunch and dinner for each day, estimated at approximately $600 total for the six weeks)
- International health insurance
- Incidentals (e.g., gifts and personal items, estimated at approximately $300 total)
Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are available through the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and the Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office. Accepted applicants who apply by the priority consideration deadline automatically receive a $1,000 scholarship through the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. Students may apply for the Texas A&M Study Abroad Scholarship in the spring.
Learn more about additional scholarships available through the Texas A&M Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.
For More Information: EESA is a partnership between the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, the University of Colorado, Texas A&M University, and the University of the Western Cape. Visit EESA at the University of Florida for additional information.