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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

Titlesociology italy
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 25 - September 21, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,500
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites Students must have a 2.8 GPA or above.
Program Directors Mark Harniss |
Kendra Liljenquist|
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions January, Thursday 25; 1 pm; Suzallo, Room 335
January, Wednesday 31; 5 pm; Research Commons, Booth D
February, Wednesday 7; 12 pm; Research Commons, Red A
General This study abroad program addresses health, development and disability within low and middle-income countries.

Program Description

Using South Africa as a cultural, political and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability. Specifically, students will explore the intersections of disability, gender, race and economic status through a lens of international human rights. Students will examine issues central to health care and rehabilitative services, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights, specifically the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and international development.

Nearly 80% of persons with disabilities reside in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). While the size of this underserved population greatly exceeds other vulnerable populations in the developing world (e.g., HIV/AIDS: 31 million, orphans: 143 million, internally displaced: 26 million), it has received inadequate attention from academic institutions and the international development community.

This program will be held in three locations across South Africa: Cape Town, Worcester and Madwaleni. We will spend our first week in Cape Town attending workshops led by professors at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. We will then spend a week in Worcester at the Stellenbosch University Ukandawa Rural Clinical School, about 90 minutes from Cape Town. During this time, we will learn about special considerations for rural health practice and prepare for our community project in Madwaleni. Following our time in Worcester, we will fly to East London and drive to Madwaleni along the Eastern Cape. Here, we will partner with local villages, health centers and the Donald Woods Centre to conduct a community survey of vulnerable children throughout the region.

Topics covered will include:
Intersection of race and disability
Cultural and social understanding of disability - stigma, attitudes
Prevalence and demographics, measurement
Legislation and advocacy
Access and barriers to health care
Access and barrier to rehabilitation and assistive technology
Access and barriers to education, employment and community participation
Accessibility of built environment and information technologies




Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, Worcester and Madwaleni.


When at Stellenbosch University, students will stay in dorm style housing designed to accommodate students and visitors

When in Worcester at the Ukwanda Rural clinical school, students will stay in a bed and breakfast close to the school. (

When in Madwaleni, E. Cape, students will stay in accommodations provided by the Donald Woods Centre in Hobeni. ( .



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students must have a 2.8 GPA or above.


5 UW Credits


REHAB 496 (jointly offered: DIS ST 430 and JSIS 413): Special Topics in Rehabilitation (5 Credits)

This course addresses disability in limited resource environments in an international context. Using South Africa as a cultural, political, and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability in low-middle income countries including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, availability of assistance and support, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights and development. Students will also engage in research activities.

Learning goals include:
•Develop a broad understanding about the experience of people with disabilities in South Africa through personal experience and study.
•Explore the intersectionality of disability, race, gender, SES in historical and contemporary context.
•Analyze disability rights, federal and state policy, and access to services in South Africa within the context of international human rights law (e.g., the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities).
•Within the framework of the International Classification of Function (ICF), contextualize the experience of people with disabilities in LMIC countries.
•Develop a perspective on international development activities related to disability in South Africa and other LMIC countries.
•Engage in research activities with local organizations of people with disabilities (DPOs).



Mark Harniss, Rehabilitation Medicine, Program Director

Dr. Harniss led a similar study abroad to Brazil in 2012. He has recent experience working in Botswana and South Africa to implement a technology project. He is an experienced university faculty member who has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in special education, instructional technology, and disability studies over the last 20 years.

Kendra Liljenquist, Rehabilitation Medicine, Program Co-Director

Dr. Liljenquist is a postdoctoral fellow with a special interest in health equity pertaining to children with, or at risk of, developmental delay or disability, and their families.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,500

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200-1,600)
  • Food (about $5/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.