South Africa Penguin

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in South Africa

IBUS 4080: Health Care Industry Dynamics in Africa


Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Objective: This course explores the challenges and opportunities of health care management in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is a dynamic, resource-rich region that offers significant commercial potential for globally active companies. Supplementing its natural resource base, this region is now attracting significant foreign investment in manufacturing, retail, and professional services. As Africa’s largest and most developed economy, the Republic of South Africa serves as the international gateway to the Sub-Saharan region. This course will examine the multi-dimensional problem of health care management in the region, analyze the role of national, regional, and global stakeholders in African health care, and investigate how improvements in health care can unlock commercial opportunities for American companies.

Program Benefits: The benefits to students participating in this program may include:

  • Unique opportunity for first-hand observations of businesses operating in Africa
  • Greater knowledge of the role Western companies and NGO's in Africa health care
  • Increased sensitivity to the distinctive business environment of a developing economy like South Africa
  • Form life long friendships with University of Minnesota and Carlson students

Audience and Eligibility

  • 20 - 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students
  • This program is open to U of M undergraduate students in good academic standing
  • The IBUS 4080 Global Enrichment course will have a demanding schedule and academic standards will be high. Candidates should demonstrate their motivation and ability to engage fully in the academic program in the application materials.
  • Preference will be given to Carlson students

Academics and Credit

  • 4 credits
  • IBUS 4080 fulfills the Liberal Education "Technology & Society" theme
  • A-F grading


As Africa's largest and most developed economy, the Republic of South Africa serves as the international gateway to the Sub-Saharan region. The country's geographic position straddling the Atlantic and Indian Oceans affords major advantages in international shipping and logistics. South Africa's impressive endowment of diamonds, platinum, and other precious metals makes the country a key supplier of speciality materials, while its rich natural resources (biomass, sun, water, wind) offer great potential in renewable energy. South Africa's Western-style intellectual property laws render the country an attractive destination for technology-intensive investment relative to China, while its skilled English-speaking work force bolster South Africa's standing as an alternative to India for off-shored service centers. South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup Games burnished the country's image as the commercial hub of the Sub-Sahara.


The program starts at Cape Town with a city tour and welcome dinner. During the two weeks students will meet with public and private medical providers, local companies, research institutions, and venture capital firms active in the medical industry. Students will also hear presentations on the South African business environment by faculty from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch. Cultural tours to the Cape of Good Hope, Lion's Head, and a wildlife reserve compliment the academic program. There will be free time to explore Cape Town as well.

Housing and Food

Students will stay in double or triple rooms with students of the same gender at a centrally-located hotel in the city. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotel. A welcome dinner and closing dinner are also provided.

Cost Estimate

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $5,200
International airfare between Minnesota and South Africa (included in Program Fee) $0
Passport and Photos** $145
Textbooks $135
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc) $250
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $350
Total $6,080

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Non-U.S. passport holder need to check with the Embassy of South Africa on the visa application procedures and cost.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Application and Admission

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.

The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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Course Synopsis

Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

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Access Abroad

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Contact Information

Carlson Global Institute
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Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

Faculty Leader

David Bartlett
Senior Lecturer
Strategic Management & Organization
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