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  • Locations: Cape Town , South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: June 12 - 27, 2018


This program is an introduction to environmental economics and economics of tourism with special focus on South Africa. Students will become familiar with the relevant theoretical concepts and selected case studies through readings and in-class presentations prior to departure. In South Africa, students will be able to experience many of the concepts discussed in class through visits to museums, historic sites, hiking trails, public and private animal parks and nature preserves. They will be able to observe and critically evaluate the use of resources for tourism, the link between demand and conservation, as well as the unintended consequences associated with overuse of common resources. They will meet with scientists and wildlife advocates, learn about the challenges of illegal hunting (rhino poaching in particular), and evaluate different government policies to address the problem.

Cost: $3,850

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • international health insurance
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • lodging
  • excursions
  • some meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • airfare
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • most meals
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

ECON 3323 Environmental Economics: Focus on South Africa
ECON 3323 Economics of Tourism: Focus on South Africa

Graduate Courses:

Not available.

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms.  9 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included in the cost of the program.  Students are responsible for the majority of their own meals.


  • Visiting school and local Cape Town communities to participate in cultural activities with students and community members
  • Tour of South African Parliament
  • Visiting museums and other national heritage sites like Robben Island and Nelson Mandela’s prison
  • Vineyard and wine farm tour
  • Learning about history of tourism  and participating in :
    • Shark cage diving
    • Walking with lions
    • Fishing culture of small towns
    • Game farm tours in vehicles or on horseback
    • Climbing 3000 foot high Table Mountain


Ability to walk up to five miles per day, comfortable hiking


Minimum 2.0 GPA.
Open to all ECU students, preference will be given to Economics majors or minors.

Faculty Leaders

This program is currently not accepting applications.