Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Courses - January Term 2019

Classes are taught on campus in Stellenbosch and while traveling for a minimum of 45 hours.

Applicants can choose between:

TBA (3 credits) | Travel Photography

The aim of the course is to teach students about photography with a focus on travel photography theory. Students will gain knowledge of their own cameras, improve their photography skills and gain practical experience in the areas of landscape and portrait photography as well as wildlife photography when traveling along the Garden Route. At the end of each day students will print the best two or three of their photographs receiving feedback from a professional photographer and the course will end with an exhibition of their work.

TBA (3 credits) | South African Wine and Winemaking

The aim of this course is to teach students about and enhance their knowledge of the South African grape and wine industry. This J term program worth 3 U.S. credits will include technical wine tasting workshops with award winning winemakers, visit to grape and wine producers, information on different industry initiatives by different industry organizations such as Wines of South Africa, WISE (the future path of the industry), as well as lectures by top academics about various aspects of the South African wine industry.

Topics that will be covered include, among others, an overview of the South African wine industry, the history of South African wine industry, innovation in the South African wine industry, Old Vines, climate change and how it impacts Viticulture in South Africa, soils of South Africa, GEM (Genotype Project Environment Management) as well as various oenological topics such as microbiome related aspects, malolactic bacteria, smoke taint, sensory science and micro oxygenation. There are a variety of cultivar associations that will be visited to gain insights into the production and wine styles reflecting the South African context such as Pinotage, Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and other interest groups.