Our employment service supported Harvard Summer School's immersive study abroad program in 2017 and 2019.

Studying African Societies and Culture

The Harvard Summer Program in South Africa provided a fascinating opportunity for students to examine African societies and cultures and the legacy of colonialism on its social and political institutions. Through historical and cultural immersion in both formal and informal settings across the country—from Cape Town to Johannesburg and Kruger National Park to the Hamakuya chiefdom—students gained a deep understanding of critical social issues applicable to the world at large.

The program was led by John Comaroff, the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, and Jean Comaroff, professor of African and African American studies and of anthropology, and supported by local staff in South Africa and staff in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to coursework, the program included:

  • Guest lectures by South African intellectuals
  • Visits to cultural and historic sites
  • Exploration of Kruger National Park
  • An extended stay in a rural chiefdom

The program ran in summer 2017 and summer 2019.

Harvard Global Services in South Africa

Harvard Summer School's study abroad program operated with administrative and employment support from our local entity, Harvard Global Research Support Centre South Africa NPC. As a registered nonprofit entity, we’re able to support a variety of activities and services across South Africa.