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  • Locations: Various, South Africa
  • Program Terms: May Intensive
  • Restrictions: Bentley applicants only
  • COST (click here): May Intensive
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Intensive 2018 01/31/2018
02/01/2018 05/11/2018 05/27/2018
May Intensive 2020 01/31/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program as soon as possible after the application deadline once all applications have been reviewed.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Graduate Faculty Leader: Eshghi, Abdi
Credits/Typical Courseload: 3 Co-leader: Berdrow, Iris
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required Program Advisor: Christine Hollenhorst
Earle and Sloan Travel Fellowship Available: Yes International Citizens Group Study Abroad Scholarship Available: Yes
Program Description:
Business in South Africa is a study abroad course designed to introduce Bentley graduate students to the business environment in South Africa, the continent’s second largest economy and 28th in the world. Examines how businesses compete in a nation in which a majority of the population lives at the base of the pyramid. This group has low individual purchasing power but huge group purchasing power. To address this, businesses must make significant adaptations and have a greater understanding of such markets. Examine how firms prosper despite resource limitations taken for granted in mature economies such as the US and Europe.

The course also examines South Africa’s post-apartheid social, educational and economic reforms through lectures at the University of Cape Town as well as visits to communities in rural and urban settings to explore the country’s diverse cultures, and gain an understanding of the challenges faced by its leaders and policy makers.
Finally, a major objective of the course is to introduce students to South Africa's anti-apartheid struggles and evolution to democracy that ushered a new constitution, new educational policies, new economic priorities, new health challenges and a reintroduction of South Africa to the world stage.
The course objective will be accomplished through a multidisciplinary orientation at Bentley followed by a two-week study tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town where participants visit variety of businesses in South Africa, visits to historical sites and a wide range of cultural activities. See the tentative itinerary for details.

Click here for a sample syllabus and itinerary:
GBE 790_South Africa_Syllabus.pdf
GBE 790_South Africa_Itinerary.pdf

Please contact Professor Abdi Eshghi for more details.