While attending Rhodes University in Grahamstown, students experience first-hand the “new” South Africa while also encountering the social and economic hardships the country still faces. The Rhodes University exchange is highlighted as a strong community involvement program because of the opportunities students have to volunteer with social organizations throughout Grahamstown. The Center for Social Development will guide and prepare international students to become involved in the community. Find more information through Rhodes' International Office.
Rhodes provides many academic options for WU students. A full list of departments can be found here. Courses can be found in student handbooks on each department's site. Because of space limitations Journalism; Visual, Studio and Practical Art; and Practical Music courses are not available to international students. Students interested in Ethnomusicology should consider Rhodes because of its International Library of African Music.
Students live in university housing and take meals at dining halls.
The Rhodes program is available during either fall or spring semesters. There are four terms in each academic year at Rhodes; students will participate in two terms to complete the equivalent of one semester at Willamette. The third term begins mid-July and the fourth term concludes at the end of November. The first term begins at the beginning of February and the second term ends in late June.
Willamette tuition plus a fee equivalent to Willamette’s Room and Board Plan B, which includes room and board. Specific health insurance is required by Rhodes University - the cost for five months of coverage is approximately $200USD.
- Rhodes University
- Rhodes' Student Zone
- Rhodes' International Office
- Courses at Rhodes
- Exchange Student Application (do not complete this application until directed by the OIE)
- FAQ for International Students at Rhodes (scroll down to "Short-term students")
- Student Life at Rhodes
- South African Residency Permit Information
- Embassy of South Africa: historical and government information
- CIA World Factbook
- Lonely Planet Guide