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south africa nutrition summer abroad

Program Description

This program offers a unique opportunity to learn about nutrition, food, health, culture and history in South Africa through a variety of field experiences and guest lectures. Students take a nutrition course taught by Dr. Freeland-Graves and a course taught by a South African faculty member on South Africa’s political history, culture and natural environment. Both courses are taught in English.

Cape Town’s location between the mountains and the sea, coupled with its cultural offerings, make it one of the most attractive cities in the world. The program incorporates guided educational visits and activities in communities and townships in and around Cape Town. Program activities may include learning how to prepare South African Xhosa cuisine and visiting food production sites, community nutrition clinics, child health and nutrition projects, HIV and diabetic children communities, and nursing homes.


  • NTR 353 | Field Experience in International Nutrition
  • AFR 319S | Introduction to South African Culture, Political History and Environment

NTR 353 meets a major requirement in international nutrition and may substitute for NTR 355 towards didactic nutrition. This program is open to all students who will have completed, or are currently enrolled in, NTR 306 or 312.

Faculty Director

jeanne freeland-graves

Jeanne Freeland-Graves

Dr. Jeanne Freeland-Graves, the Bess Heflin Centennial Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, teaches the Field Experience in Nutrition course. She is an international expert in nutrition, obesity, trace elements and foods.  In 2012, Dr. Freeland-Graves directed the Field Experience in Nutrition program in South Africa. In previous years, she led the program in México, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Singapore and Vietnam.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Freeland-Graves to apply.

Program and Application Details

For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.

Questions? Email: Sejal Mehta.