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Business Practices in South Africa

Business Practices in South Africa
Visit local and multinational firms throughout South Africa and earn International Business credit.
Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Visit several business and meet with executives to discuss business strategy, practices, and opportunities
  • Cultural activities are included so students can learn more about South Africa's history and culture and how this impacts the business environment
  • For MAcc or Honors students with a serious interest in South African markets and the business environment
Program Summary: 

The Business Practices in South Africa program is designed for graduate business students to gain understanding of business practices in a variety of industries in South Africa. The program will include visits to area companies, including a mixture of local and multinational as well as small and large firms. Students will attend lectures on business and history at three South African universities. Company visits will include facility tours and meetings with senior executives to discuss business strategies, practices, and opportunities. Excursions and cultural activities will incorporate cultural and historical lessons and will include visits to the ADDO/Schotia Game Reserve, Robben Island, and the District 6 Museum.

Academic Information: 

Students are required to participate fully in pre-departure meetings and all scheduled activities in South Africa. Before the program, all students will complete readings, submit a paper (approximately 10 pages), and prepare a brief report on all of the companies to be visited. Upon return, students will prepare a written report summarizing their learning experience in South Africa.

Undergraduate students will earn 3 credits in IBUS 500: Business Practices in South Africa (for Honors students).

All graduate students will earn 2 credits in IBUS 895: Topic: Business Practices in South Africa. An optional third credit for MAcc students may be available through independent study. Credit is granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the course and overseas program and will be posted to the student's Summer 2016 academic record at KU. 


This program is for MAcc and Honors students who have a serious interest in understanding South African markets and the business environment. Admission will be selective.  Minimum GPA is 3.0, though exceptions will be considered after submission of a petition.

Further Reading: 

Scholarships may be available for study abroad programs. Consult the website of the Center for Global Business Studies for more information on study abroad scholarships for business students. Students with questions about the scholarships should contact Nichole Valliere, Program Coordinator in the Center for Global Business Studies, at nmvalliere@ku.edu.

Program Faculty: 

Lisa Ottinger, Director of the Master’s in Accounting program, will lead the program this year.

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