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Covey Leadership: Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Application Deadline: Friday, 15 November 2019

Program Dates

  • Take BUS 2000: Foundations for International Programs CAPE TOWN during the second half of Spring Semester 2020 on Wednesdays 5:30-7:30PM (1 credit)
  • Travel Friday, 8 May - Sunday, 17 May 2020 (group airfare is included in the cost of the program and the group will fly together from Salt Lake City to Cape Town and return to Salt Lake City)

Program Overview

Inclusion is one of the most important topics of our time. To achieve the potential of teams and organizations, to achieve great things, leaders must draw on differing skills, perspectives, and backgrounds to achieve unified action. How do leaders harness the many faces of diversity, help others feel included, valued, and respected, to achieve extraordinary results? It is this question that we seek to answer by studying the dynamics and evolution of South Africa and its most prominent leaders. Nelson Mandela, apartheid, its aftermath, and truth and reconciliation will provide a rich case study from which we can draw valuable lessons on leadership and inclusion. In the weeks leading up to our trip to Cape Town, we will discuss how leaders create an inclusive environment, why this is important, and potential pitfalls to avoid. During our visit to Cape Town, we will meet with extraordinary leaders in the public and private sector to extend and deepen our knowledge. In addition to cultural experiences, including taking in the local wildlife, we will engage in humanitarian efforts in one of the nearby townships. This experience promises to be an unforgettable milestone in your leadership journey.

 Additional Information

Aerial View of Cape Town

Program Details

Downtown view of Cape TownProgram Requirements

  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Submission of a complete application
  • Interview with program leader (to be scheduled once application is submitted)
  • Mandatory enrollment in BUS 2000: Foundations for International Programs CAPE TOWN during the second half of Spring Semester 2020 on Wednesdays 5:30-7:30PM (1 credit)

Program Cost: 

  • $3500

Students can apply for an Opportunity Scholarship, which can cover up to $1100 of the program cost. Students can apply during fall semester (deadline 25 October) as well as in spring semester (deadline not yet announced). We encourage students to apply in fall if at all possible, though it is not required.

FYI: Filling out a FAFSA application is not required to qualify for an Opportunity Scholarship for a global learning experience.

What do the program costs cover?

  • What is included: Program cost includes the program deposit of $200 and the following travel arrangements: round trip airfare Salt Lake City – Cape Town; in-country program transportation; shared twin or triple hotel room with daily breakfast; program visits; excursions (city tour, safari, visit to Cape Point); medical/evacuation insurance; tips; portages; taxes; program field guide; and administrative costs.
  • What is not included: The following expenses are not included in the program cost and are the responsibility of each participant: transportation to/from the SLC airport; cost of passport and any required visas; immunizations; lunch and dinner during the travel period; and any personal expenses such as laundry, internet, souvenirs, museums, etc.

If students require assistance purchasing their round trip ticket, please contact Liz Allred, Program Director for Global Learning, at or drop by her office in EBB 309.


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Apply to Participate

Please contact Liz Allred or Ginger Gonzalez at with any questions.

Travel Schedule

Schedule (dates fixed but daily activities may change):

Date Activity
Friday, 8 May Fly to Cape Town from Salt Lake City as a group
Saturday, 9 May Arrive Cape Town late evening
Sunday, 10 May City Tour
Monday, 11 May Program visits
Tuesday, 12 May Program visits
Wednesday, 13 May Program visits
Thursday, 14 May Program visits
Friday, 15 May Excursion: Safari
Saturday, 16 May Excursion to Cape Point, late evening transfer to airport for flight to US
Sunday, 17 May Arrive Salt Lake City


  • Students will share a twin or triple room based on participant numbers.

Travel Preparation

Visa Requirements

  • US citizens do not need a visa to enter South Africa. International student requirements vary and may require travel to a South African consulate in another state to obtain a visa prior to departure. All costs associated with obtaining a visa are the responsibility of the student.

  • The Office of Global Learning will assist all students in obtaining required visas.


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Helpful Information on Health and Safety

U.S. Department of State
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For More Information, Contact:

Bret Crane

James Davis

Professor and Head, Marketing and Strategy Department and Executive Director, Covey Leadership Center
Location: EBB 411
Office Phone: 435.797.3882


Bret Crane

Bret Crane

Assistant Professor, Marketing and Strategy Department
Location: EBB 318H
Office Phone: 435.797.6647


Liz Allred

Liz Allred

Program Director for Global Learning
Location: EBB 309 (FJ Center)
Office Phone: 435.797.7621