As anyone who has participated in this program will attest, there are no words or pictures that can begin to adequately capture the beauty of the scenery or hospitality of the people in Cape Town. Therefore, this blog is merely intended to provide an overview of the program and a glimpse at some amazing adventures and life-changing experiences had by the students and staff of this program who have traveled together as co-educators and companions on the journey. As Resident Director and Faculty Advisor since 2008 it has been a privilege and honor to accompany an incredible variety of wonderful UConn students to a place we have all come to know and love.

In peace, with hope,
Marita McComiskey, PhD,
Assistant Professor in Residence
Women’s Studies and Cape Town Study Abroad
University of Connecticut

Research on this program

The results of a recent study on the UConn in Cape Town Program was presented by Alexander L. Matiash at the University of Connecticut in May 2012. This study demonstrates how the UConn in Cape Town program develops global citizenship in its student participants and makes recommendations for both the University of Connecticut study abroad office as well as other study abroad offices looking to develop programs that promote global citizenship in its student participants.  The written study abstract states:

GlobaCitizenship and the UConn in Cape Town Program
Alexander L. Matiash, M.A.  Jennifer Lease Butts, Ph. D. & Ana-Raluca NahorniacPh. D.

This study took a qualitative approach to determining: first, if the students who participated in the UConn inCape Town program were global citizensand second, how the prograhelps foster global citizenship in these students. The participants were drawn frothe Spring 2011 cohort of students studying in South Africa.  Of the 23 possible participants, 15 participated in eithean individual interview, or in one of two focus groups with four students participating in both.  In addition, three faculty key informants were interviewed to provide triangulation.  The results show that the students exhibited significant strides as global citizens.  Overall, the findings coincide with Schattles (2008; 2009) characteristics of global citizenship, whicarawareness, responsibility and participation.  The Cape Towcommunity, the intentional structure of the program and identity development within the students each have a significant part in helping develop global citizenship in the student participants.

A video recording of the presentation given by Alex Matiash was placed on YouTube and is available at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkNKxUXpleA  

Alexander L. Matiash

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