Virginia Tech RSAP in South Africa

Program Start:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Program End:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Primary Trip Segments

  • Johannesburg and Petoria:

    Innovation in the heart of South Africa
  • Kruger National Park:

    Wildlife and sustainable living in one of Africa’s largest national parks
  • Cape Town:

    Engineering and commerce in the coastal city

Faculty Leaders:


Program Highlights

  • Visit the township of Soweto for an inside look into South Africa’s history and community.
  • Learn about the mining industry and its technology while exploring the depths of local gold and diamond mines.
  • Visit various companies for a look into the area’s bustling engineering industry.
  • Tour the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre to see some of Africa’s big cats up close.
  • Engage with local engineering students at universities throughout the country.
  • Adventure into Kruger National Park to witness the wildlife of South Africa, and take in breathtaking views along the Panorama Route.
  • Experience Cape Town’s city center, its iconic Table Mountain, and a nearby bay bustling with commerce.

Pre-Departure To-Do List

Please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your travels to South Africa. As always, feel free to contact CLI by phone at 888-781-8383 or by email at
  1. Complete CLI’s Student Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Info Form by Friday, December 30, 2017. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. If you do not currently have a valid passport, you are still able to submit the Student Information Form using these instructions. Your program is titled “VT RSAP South Africa 2018”.
  2. Secure your passport
    If you do not already have a passport that will be valid for at least six months after your program end date, please visit the U.S. State Department for instructions on how to obtain one.
  3. Secure your visa
    If you are not a United States passport holder and believe you may need a South African visa, please contact CLI by phone at 888-781-8383 or by email at as soon as possible.
  4. Complete CLI’s allergies and dietary restrictions form
    Complete our medical allergies and dietary restrictions form upon reading this prompt. It’s important that we have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations we should be aware of. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
  5. Review important travel information
    Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed health and safety information from both the CDC and the U.S. State Department well in advance of your departure to South Africa. These countries benefit from generally low crime rates. However, the State Department highlights that there is risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout all European countries, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.