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South Africa: Rhodes Exchange

Program Type: Full Exchange

The University 

The Washington College in South Africa Program is a Full Exchange Program based at Rhodes University. Rhodes University is located in the beautiful and historic city of Grahamstown.

Graced with lovely grounds, and nestled in the hills of the city, Rhodes is a 45-minute drive from beautiful and unspoiled beaches. Rhodes University’s unique location and size creates close contact between students and their lecturers in surroundings that foster fellowship and learning. Small classes mean more personal attention and encourage greater involvment of students in their work. The challenge of poverty, urbanization and education in South Africa, is found in the community of Grahamstown, and provides additional invaluable material for scholars and humanists alike.

Rhodes University was established in 1904 with 50 students. Today there are more than 4,500 students studying in 38 departments spread over eight faculties - Arts, Science, Law, Education, Commerce, Social Science, Divinity, and Pharmacy. The University also offers the ideal physical environment for studying. Architecturally, it is a pleasing blend of historical and contemporary building styles.


One member of the Rhodes University faculty will serve as advisor to Washington College students. The advisor will also be responsible for extracurricular activities. All classes will be taught by regular Rhodes University faculty. Rhodes University uses the tutorial method of instruction.


The cost of international travel between the United States and South Africa, local transportation while in South Africa, health insurance, orientation fee, and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student applicant unless other arrangements have been made.

Students should make an appointment to speak to the Director of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial aspects of the program they plan to attend.

Living Arrangements

Rhodes University will provide housing on its campus grounds. Students will be housed in single rooms in one of the Rhodes University’s 35 residences or “houses” (dorms). Each residence is equipped with its own dining hall, washer/dryer, TV, lounge area, and is located within easy walking distance of Grahamstown.


Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: African Languages, Anthropology, Chemistry, Classics, Drama, Economics, Education, English, Arts, Foreign Languages, Journalism and Media Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science, Music, Geography, Philosophy, History, Politics, Law, Business Studies, Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The program will be academically rigorous, with students required to do extensive research using local resource facilities. Teaching is largely based on the tutorial method where classes are split into small groups and students are able to benefit from informal discussion.