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Northwestern and South Africa

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.


Partner InstitutionPartner Type & Sponsor
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University: Tygerberg Hospital
University of Cape Town: Graduate School of Business

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.

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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.

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Medill Journalism Residency South Africa

The 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.
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Northwestern sends many students to South Africa every year, deepening our relationship with the country and exposing our students to new cultures and people.

  • 31 Northwestern students in South Africa:
  • 20 Undergraduate
  • 11 Graduate
Northwestern students in South Africa include 18 undergraduates on Northwestern programs, 2 undergraduate students on an affiliated program, 4 medical students on clinical rotations, and 7 MBA students on an exchange program.

For historical data, visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.

  • 7 students from South Africa at Northwestern:
  • 3 Undergraduate
  • 2 Masters
  • 2 Doctorate


~140Northwestern alumni are based in South Africa.

A number of social and networking opportunities for Northwestern alumni can be found here.

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This webpage contains data from the 2018-2019 academic year. Data from 2019-2020 will be released in Fall 2020. For questions or comments about the information listed on this webpage, please contact Janka Pieper, Director of Communications.