Africa Study Away at Furman University


The Africa Study Away program began in 1983 under the direction of Dr. Don Gordon of Furman's Political Science Department. It has fairly consistently taken students to Africa every other year since then.

Originally, the Political Science and Religion Departments spent three weeks each in Africa and the Middle East.The Africa leg included only Kenya at first, but in 1989 Dr. Gordon began to include Tanzania

In 2000, Dr. Gordon redesigned the Africa program significantly. Instead of traveling for three weeks in East Africa, Furman students spent six weeks in Southern Africa, mainly in South Africa. Dr. Gordon also invited Dr. Erik Ching of the History Department to serve as co-coordinator of the program. Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ching led the program in 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2007. Unfortunately the 2002 trip was cancelled due to the events surrounding 9/11.

In 2009 the program was designed to fit the new 14-week semester system. It now included three weeks of on-campus classes in January, 8-10 weeks of travel throughout Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia and Botswana), followed by three more weeks of classes on campus in April. Dr. Erik Ching and Dr. Kristy Maher, of the Sociology Department, co-directed the trip in 2009 and Dr. Maher directed in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

On the side of the page there are links to specific descriptions of various trips. Unfortunately, there are no webpages for the 2005 trips. Please browse the websites to find photos, itineraries, and quotes from past student participants.

The program will be going again in Spring 2017. Please contact Dr. Kristy Maher for information on the upcoming trip at

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