University of KwaZulu-Natal

Photo of Dr. Ofoli standing next to a pedal-powered vehicle at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Program Schedule: 
Fall semester program
Spring semester program
  • Fall Semester (Mid-July to mid-November)
  • Spring Semester (Late-January to mid-June)
South Africa
Sponsored By: 
College of Engineering
College of Arts and Letters
College of Education
Lyman Briggs College
James Madison College
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
College of Social Science
Available to Majors: 
All Engineering Majors
Available Classes: 

Students must fulfill the necessary prerequisites for all desired courses at UKZN and will be required to enroll in a minimum of twelve (12) semester credits consisting of three UKZN courses (most courses count as four MSU credits) or two general courses, plus the introductory isiZulu course. Students may take a total of four courses for 16 credits. A number of humanities and social science courses offered at UKZN will fulfill MSU IAH B and ISS 300 requirements.

What is the Program About?: 

Photo of a pedal-powered vehicle with the words University of Kawzulu-Natal on the side

South Africa's rich natural and ecological resources, ranging from Kruger National Park to Cape Town's majestic Table Mountain, its multi-cultural population, its inspiring history, and dynamic political milieu are some of the reasons drawing students to this irreplaceable study opportunity. With a tragic history of the apartheid struggle to the inspirational period of truth and reconciliation, South Africa is at the forefront of global awareness, focusing on the need for a more equitable and sustainable world order. The struggle against apartheid and its impact on the country's people and institutions is evident in the work of academics, non-governmental agencies and state institutions involved in these issues.

The University of Natal was founded in 1910 and was a major voice in the struggle against Apartheid. It was one of the first White designated universities in the country to provide education to students of color. With a recent history that parallels the civil rights struggle in the US, South Africa is a nation at the forefront of change, a change reflected at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

You will have the opportunity to study alongside South African students for a semester, gaining not only academic knowledge, but a larger global perspective through the friendships fostered between local and international students. You will be at one of the four campuses of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in your choice of multiple departments. Along with your studies, you can participate in community engagement through placements in local non-governmental organizations and explore the country through independent travel. Now is the time to gain first-hand experience and study politics in action in this fascinating country, a country of a transforming society and a diverse, vibrant culture.

More Details (includes printable brochure): 
Program Contact: 

Photo of Maggie Blair-Ramsey in a South African outfit.Maggie Blair-Ramsey
Coordinator, Engineering Education Abroad
Michigan State University
1108-F Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Phone: (517) 432-2012
Fax: (517) 355-2293




Photo of Dr. Robert Ofoli standing next to a pedal-powered vehicle with the words "University of KWAZULU-NATAL" on the side, in Durban, South Africa.Dr. Robert Ofoli
Program Leader
Michigan State University
1248 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-1575

Past Trip Photos / Videos: 

Photo of Dr. Robert Ofoli standing in front of a black rhino statue in Durban, South Africa.