Chemistry Professor Marc Zimmer led a SATA program at Stellenbosch University (SU), Stellenbosch, South Africa. This was the fifth time he has directed a SATA program in South Africa. 

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. The Stellenbosch University first semester starts on February 1 and the exams end on June 24. The university offers a ten-day orientation program.

There are few countries in the world experiencing the type of political, social, economic, and cultural transformation that South Africa is presently undergoing. A SATA program to the Western Cape will provide the Connecticut College students with a unique experience. 

Housing & Cultural Immersion

Students lived in Stellenbosch University dormitories with South African students. 

The program had a 20-hour community service component and many field trips. The community service was organized through the program for sustainable community development at the University. The field trips included trips to Robben Island and Victor Vester prison, where Nelson Mandela was held, to District 6 and the Richtersveld.


Professor Zimmer taught two of the following courses:

South Africa: No Easy walk to Freedom 

Molecular Science (CH101), which is an area course designed for non-science students

Environmental Chemistry (CH316) an upper level chemistry course.

South Africa: No Easy walk to Freedom – 4 credits
Apartheid and post-apartheid life as seen through novels and autobiographies of black and white South Africans. A study of Nelson Mandela, the prisoner, negotiator and president. Books by Andre Brink, J.M. Coetzee, Miriam Mathabane, Albie Sachs and Alistar Sparks. Twenty hours of CommunityService. Field trips to local cultural events and sites may include theater, cricket matches, and Addo Elephant Park.

Stellenbosch University offers various courses taught in English in the sciences, economics, psychology, ecology and ancient cultures and more. 

SATA South Africa is open to ALL majors. 


As with all SATA programs, student's financial arrangements and obligations, including the comprehensive fee and financial aid, remain the same as if the student were staying at Connecticut College for the semester. The SATA South Africa program included round-trip international airfare, room and board and all group field trips.

Connecticut College students interested in SATA South Africa should contact Professor Zimmer and the Office of Study Away.