What is freedom? Touch the life of Nelson Mandela

What does freedom mean to you or in today’s world? How about peace, justice and reconciliation? Take a journey looking at these themes through the life and contribution of the great South African leader, Nelson Mandela, with a focus on the historical context in which his political contributions were made.

Mandela, an iconic South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, served as South Africa’s first black, democratically elected President (1994 to 1999) following 27 years of imprisonment by the state’s apartheid regime.

Explore his contribution to justice, peace and reconciliation by studying his political influences and ideologies and also the impact and influence his contribution made on other individuals, nation building and the creation of the New South Africa.

  • Visit iconic, historical locations associated with Mandela both in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

  • Conclude the ‘journey’ working in a community-based organization committed to the political ideals that Mandela espoused.

  • Get to know the spirit of the South African peoples, their cultures, their stunning landscapes and their ability to embrace freedom, justice and peace.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2017 6/9/2017 7/8/2017 4 $4,600 3/31/2017 More Info

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South Africa

Language of Instruction



Cape Town

Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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