The Department of African & African American Studies encourages students to take advantage of international opportunities while at Duke. Several of these Duke programs are offered through the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, as well as DukeEngage.
Some courses taken through study abroad may count toward the requirements of the major, with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please consult with the DUS for specific details.
Listed below you will find some of the study abroad options currently available. For more details about each program, including dates and registration information, please visit the Global Education Office and DukeEngage.
Duke-Approved programs are sponsored by other U.S./foreign universities and providers. Global Education provides a list of programs that have been reviewed for academic quality and approved by a committee of Duke faculty and staff. These include locations such as Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, Madagascar, and more.
DukeEngage in Kenya-WISER
While working for two months in rural Kenya, students will assist the WISER NGO to create environments that produce exceptional young women that can drive change in their communities. WISER accomplishes this by a range of interventions that include health, education, and leadership development. Community partner interactions will include adolescent girls enrolled in the WISER secondary school, primary school communities, women’s community development groups, youth church groups, and NGO staff. Opportunities for students may include expanding a sexual and reproductive health training program; collecting data on the nutritional status of children; working with youth STEM entrepreneurs; and developing multimedia projects with youth to showcase their challenges and strengths. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of global health challenges in a rural and underserved community.
DukeEngage in South Africa-Cape Town
"Documenting & Engagement Movements of Social Change" will take students to service sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Students will spend the majority of the time in Cape Town, working with social agencies that are seeking to improve life in townships, document the history of District Six (a neighborhood bulldozed by the apartheid regime because it was a model of multi-racial democracy), and promote health and economic reform in the nation. In the course of this work, students will interact with South Africans who were victims of, and activists against, the rigid system of racial apartheid that ruled South Africa for much of the 20th Century. Students will also spend a brief time in Johannesburg and Pretoria, immersing themselves in the history of apartheid and the liberation struggle. In both locations, participants will explore how the stories carried forward about the past help shape policy decisions in the present.
DukeEngage in South Africa-Durban
During their two months in Durban, South Africa, students will spend their time volunteering in organizations working to improve the economic, environmental, educational and overall living conditions for residents of Wentworth, a community that was established as the result of apartheid. Wentworth, where the students will live as well, is about a 15-minute drive from Durban city centre. The program includes opportunities to learn about the experience and impact of apartheid from community partners, homestay hosts, and many other members of the community.