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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa

June 10-July 19, 2012

The following information pertains to the last time this program was offered. If you would like to be notified via e-mail when new information is available, please subscribe to the Summer Session announcement list.

Air travel

The departure date from North America is Saturday, June 9. Transportation from the Cape Town International Airport to the Stellenbosch University is arranged for students.

You must plan to return to the United States by July 20.

Upon acceptance into the program, students should immediately contact one of the program professors and then book their airline tickets. Students should purchase trip cancellation insurance.


Students should check to see that their passports are valid through July 2012 or apply for passports as soon as possible. Students should make a PDF copy of their passports suitable for uploading. Students will be asked by one of the program professors to forward their passport scans once they have registered for the program.

Cornell students who are American citizens may secure forms and apply for passports at the Tompkins County Courthouse on North Tioga Street in Ithaca. For more information, visit the U.S. government passport website.

Note: Students applying for financial aid may include passport costs in their itemized expenses.


To ensure that students receive correct visa information, they must identify their citizenship when contacting the program professors. Please note that students will need two blank visa pages in their passport. Further information can be found at

International students applying for financial aid may include visa costs in their itemized expenses.

Entry/exit requirements for U.S. citizens

PLEASE NOTE: South African law requires travelers to have one (1) blank (unstamped) visa page in their passport to enter the country. In practice, however, travelers may need more than one page as there have been instances in the past of South African immigration officers requiring travelers to have two (2) blank pages. You are advised to have at least two blank pages: one for the South African temporary residence permit sticker that is issued upon entry to the country, and an additional page to allow for entry and exit stamps for South Africa and other countries to be visited en route to South Africa or elsewhere in the region. Travelers without the requisite blank visa pages in their passports may be refused entry into South Africa, fined, and returned to their point of origin at their own expense. South African authorities have denied diplomatic missions access to assist in these cases.

As a general precaution, all travelers are advised to carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from their passport.

Visitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to ninety days. In the event a traveler overstays that period without a permit issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs, he or she may be subject to a fine of up to 3,000 rand (approximately $400). All others, including academics, students on educational trips, and volunteers, may need visas. U.S. citizens who intend to work in South Africa must apply for work permits before arrival; otherwise, you risk being refused admission and returned to your point of origin. It is strongly suggested that all travelers check the latest requirements with the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate before traveling.