RSAP is excited to announce a new and unique international track to South Africa. Designed to immerse students into how local contextual issues can influence engineering practice, the program is focused in three South African areas: Johannesburg, Thohoyandou, and Buskbuckridge. Each location was specifically chosen to illuminate the diverse set of issues faced by people in different socioeconomic regions. Students will be tasked with multiple technological issues during the spring semester course that will be addressed within the local context throughout the trip. In addition to Virginia Tech faculty members, an in-country faculty member and program director will accompany students and facilitate learning activities and tours.

The approximate cost for this trip would be $4,250 and includes airfare, program fee, lodging, some meals, and all in-country travel; scholarships are available.

Sample Itinerary

For more information about the South Africa track, please contact Dr. David Knight (

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