South Africa

Program Overview

SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town

Wednesday, May 6 to Monday, May 25, 2020 (3 weeks)

This is the sixth year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in South Africa. This program provides a unique opportunity for students in Commerce, Engineering or Social Science disciplines to gain hands-on experience in an emerging market and learn about the business challenges and opportunities at the base of the economic pyramid.

The program will be run in partnership with Reciprocity, a South-African-based consultancy. Reciprocity’s “Inclusive Consulting” program aims to provide students with business knowledge and field experience in emerging markets. Through a consulting mission
with a township entrepreneur, students, organized in small teams, will gain a better understanding of doing business in low-income communities and the entrepreneurs will benefit from the business knowledge of the students.

Course

The University of Toronto will offer one course in South Africa.  This course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment.

RSM395Y0 Special Topics: Inclusive Consulting with Micro-Enterprises

The course has two main objectives: 1) to develop an understanding of one of the increasingly important emerging national economies, i.e. South Africa, which continues to face and address important social and economic challenges, and 2) to demonstrate the vitality of the socio-economic innovations in the townships by consulting with micro-entrepreneurs there. Students, in small teams, will learn by working collaboratively on consulting engagements with their micro-entrepreneur. Students will work with a local consulting firm, Reciprocity, which has experience working with other North American universities. Prior to starting the engagements, students will learn about the work context as well as about consulting processes and techniques. The students’ performance will be assessed through written journals, course contribution, a take-home exam, and the consulting engagement reports. The program will not only ground the students’ content knowledge but will provide the opportunity to develop transferable skills in analysis and consulting. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: none
BR= None.
RSM395Y0 Course Outline

Itinerary & Activities: Students will participate in seminars and lectures before beginning a consulting mission with a micro-entrepreneur in the townships of Cape Town. Excursions in Cape Town include visits to the historic city centre and District Six Museum, Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned), and a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. To conclude the program, students will review the personal impact of the learning journey on their understanding of, and appreciation for working in the bottom of the pyramid.

Instructor:  Ann Armstrong, PhD, has had a long connection with the Rotman School of Management, both as a student and faculty member. Her PhD is in organizational behaviour. Ann has a particular interest in change management and sustainability. Her research focuses on social enterprises as agents of change. She publishes on a broad range of topics from creativity in teaching to social return on investment. Ann is also the co-author of several texts and has been recognized for her teaching. Since 2015, Ann and her U of T students have partnered with Reciprocity to work with numerous township micro-enterprises in Cape Town.

Program Details

Wednesday, May 6 to Monday, May 25, 2020 (3 weeks)

This is the sixth year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in South Africa. This program provides a unique opportunity for students in Commerce, Engineering or Social Science disciplines to gain hands-on experience in an emerging market and learn about the business challenges and opportunities at the base of the economic pyramid.

The program will be run in partnership with Reciprocity, a South-African-based consultancy. Reciprocity’s “Inclusive Consulting” program aims to provide students with business knowledge and field experience in emerging markets. Through a consulting mission with a township entrepreneur, students, organized in small teams, will gain a better understanding of doing business in low-income communities and the entrepreneurs will benefit from the business knowledge of the students.

South Africa, with more than 58 million people, is the world’s 24th most populous nation. Considered to be a newly industrialized country, its economy is the second largest in Africa. South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution’s recognition of 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world.

Cape Town is the second-largest city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country. It is renown for its historic harbour, beautiful natural setting and nearby wineries, as well as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town was named the World Design Capital in 2014 as well as the “best place in the world to visit” by the New York Times.

Program activities

Students will participate in seminars and lectures before beginning a consulting mission with a micro-entrepreneur in the townships of Cape Town. Excursions in Cape Town include visits to the historic city centre and District Six Museum, Table Mountain and Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) and a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. To conclude the program, students will review the personal impact of the learning journey on their understanding of, and appreciation for, working in the bottom of the pyramid.

Accommodation and meals

While in Cape Town, students will stay in double rooms at a large hotel with modern amenities in the heart of the V & A Waterfront district. The hotel is close to city attractions and shopping areas, and contains a fitness centre and in-house restaurant. Accommodation includes wifi and breakfast every day of the program. Students will travel by day to the Townships of Cape Town for fieldwork during the second week in Cape Town but will continue to reside at the hotel.

The cost for a shared double room, including breakfast and most lunches is CAD$1,850. Students should also budget approximately CAD$400 for dinners not included in hotel package.

Students will travel by day to the Townships of Cape Town for fieldwork during the second week in Cape Town but will continue to reside at the hotel.

Group flight

Students are recommended to travel as a group to South Africa. The Summer Abroad office will send a recommended flight itinerary to
admitted students. Students travelling on this itinerary will be provided with transfers to and from the airport in Cape Town.

Pre-departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide general information and advice on international health and safety issues. Students must also attend the in-person South Africa Pre-departure Orientation and Lecture on April 3 from either 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exact time will be confirmed with students upon admission to the program.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements is available from the African Consulate General.

As of the time of publication (December 2019), Canadian citizens need a passport valid for at least six months beyond their return date to enter South Africa as a visitor for up to three months. Citizens of other countries may have other requirements. Students should also consult the entry requirements to South Africa detailed on the government of Canada website.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 3, 2020
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 19, 2020

Cost of Studying in South Africa

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $3,950 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $5,105 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $180 Estimate based on 2019 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $725 Includes transportation and entry fees for all field trips
Accommodation $1,850 Based on shared accommodation
Airfare $1,450 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Meals $400 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $8,755 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,910 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details, please visit the Financial Aid page.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (two awards at $3000 each)

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in South Africa will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from the instructor and previous participants; and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor St. West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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