Northwestern and South Africa
Northwestern University offers its students and faculty highly innovative educational and research opportunities in South Africa. Our programs in South Africa serve our university community at all levels— undergraduate, graduate, and faculty— and in all scholarly fields, from journalism to the natural sciences.
14 Northwestern students in South Africa:
Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, only 14 undergraduate students studied abroad on a Northwestern program in 2021-2022. Prior to the pandemic, on average 60 students studied in South Africa annually.
Units and Groups
Several Northwestern units are dedicated to the study of Africa, including South Africa.
The Program of African Studies
Guiding the study of Africa at Northwestern, the Program of African Studies (PAS) hosts scholars and distinguished visitors from the African continent and around the world. Throughout the year, PAS sponsors events such as talks, discussions, readings, and films.
Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies is a distinguished collection of Africana that has become an integral part of the legacy of Africa and the African diaspora. Serving Northwestern faculty, students, and more than a thousand U.S. and international scholars each year, the Herskovits Library is the largest separate collection of Africana in existence.
Medill Journalism Residency South AfricaThe South Africa Journalism Residency program provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Medill students to live and work in Africa for 11 weeks while completing degree requirements.
Journalism Residency placements in South Africa are available in magazine, newspaper/online, and broadcast/video.More here
~150Northwestern alumni are based in South Africa.
A number of social and networking opportunities for Northwestern alumni can be found here.
Download the Northwestern and South Africa Brief — a compressed version of the information featured on this page.Download Brief
This page features data and information from the 2021-2022 academic year and gets updated annually. The last update was made in October 2022. For questions or comments about the information listed here, please contact Janka Pieper, Senior Director of Communications and Intercultural Learning.