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.

Program Highlights

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.