South Africa

Program overview

Program Dates: Monday, May 15 to Friday, June 16, 2017 (May 27 to June 10 – Cape Town)

This is the third 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.

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 businesses there. Students will learn by working collaboratively on consulting engagements with such businesses. Students will work with a local consulting firm, Reciprocity Consulting, 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, team assessments, as well as 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 – Draft Course Outline

Itinerary & Activities:
The program takes place in Toronto and Cape Town. Weeks 1-2 are spent in Toronto where students will develop the theoretical foundations to prepare them for the work they will do in Cape Town. Weeks 3-4 are spent in Cape Town, where 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. Week 5 will be spent back in Toronto to review the personal impact of the learning journey on the students’ 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. Ann has visited Cape Town with a group of students. There the team worked with a social enterprise to enhance its North American market presence. The particular social enterprise hired  people with AIDS, refugees from Zimbabwe and others to create complex bead work.. In 2015, Ann and her U of T students partnered with Reciprocity to work with four township micro-enterprises in Cape Town.
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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 ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Tuesday, January 31 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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

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Program details

Monday, May 15 to Friday, June 16, 2017 (May 27 to June 10 – Cape Town)

This is the third 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 begins with three weeks of lectures and seminars on campus in Toronto, then moves to Cape Town, South Africa for two weeks (May 28 – June 11). The South Africa portion 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.

Following the Cape Town portion of the course, the class will meet for two sessions in Toronto to wrap up the course.

South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world’s 25th-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

The program takes place in Toronto and Cape Town. Weeks 1-2 are spent in Toronto where students will develop the theoretical foundations to prepare them for the work they will do in Cape Town. Weeks 3-4 are spent in Cape Town, where 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. Week 5 will be spent back in Toronto to review the personal impact of the learning journey on the students’ understanding of and appreciation for working in the bottom of the pyramid.

Accommodation and meals

While in Cape Town, students will stay at the Breakwater Lodge, a large hotel with modern amenities overlooking the ocean and at the foot of Table Mountain. The hotel is close to beaches, mountain walks, city attractions, all the main routes, and contains a spa, fitness centre, and in-house restaurant. The cost for a shared double room, including breakfast and most lunches is CAD$1,750. Students should also budget approximately CAD$315 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.

South Africa – Residence Info Sheet
Photos of Residence Facilities

Group flight

Students will travel as a group to South Africa.  Flight details and booking instructions will be provided to students after admission.

Pre-departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students must also attend the mandatory in-person Pre-departure Orientation, which will be scheduled during one of the Toronto classroom sessions in May.

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 South African Consulate General.

As of the time of publication (December 2016), 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 13, 2017
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 14, 2017

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 $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $635 Includes transportation and entry fees for all field trips
Accommodation $1,750 Based on shared accommodation in the Breakwater Lodge Hotel
Airfare $1,610 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Meals $315 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 $8,630 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,785 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)