Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

Off-Campus Courses

GEO ENG 5001-6001: South Africa

Students will visit Cape Town, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, explore the Kruger Game Preserve, Hwange National Park and the Cradle of Humankind, tour active coal and gold mines, and walk through cultivated forest and plantations. They'll have the opportunity to meet with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, and much more!


Dates: December 29, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa and surrounding areas

Credit Hours Earned: Three (3) Credit  Hour Courses — GE 5001 (UG) and 6001 (Grad): Special Problems

Costs: TBA

Geo South Africa Course Flyer

South Africa Image Collection

This course provides an exciting opportunity to do research in South Africa on various topics of interest. Topics include: coal mining, alternative energy sources, mining (metals), diamond mining, radioactive mine dumps, acid mine drainage, water resources, natural and mining-induced earthquakes, expansive clays, global climate change, labor-based construction practices, highway construction practices, and managing the Krueger Game Preserve in South Africa

Registration Deadline – October 1, 2018

The course fee will cover all travel expenses (from Rolla or St. Louis) except meals and some special event fees (such as shark diving and elephant riding).  Interested students should contact Dr. Neil Anderson (nanders@mst.edu) for additional details.

  • All potential GE/CE 6000 course registrants should contact either Dr. Anderson prior to September 13, 2018.  Early contact is essential to ensure an appropriate research topic  is identified and to ensure potential registrants will receive graduate academic credit for completing GE 6000.  This is not a lecture-based course.
  • Participants must register no later than October 1, 2018 (different than regular on-campus classes) so that firm travel arrangements can be made.  Registration will be through Ms. Sue Turner (Distance and Continuing Education; 216 Centennial Hall; 573-341-4550; email: suet@mst.edu). You will not be able to register via Joe’SS. A deposit of $3,000 will be required at this time. The deposit is non-refundable. You will not be able to register via Joe’SS. There will be no deposit refunds (partial or otherwise) for cancellations after October 1, 2018.
  • The course fee in-full must be paid by November 5, 2018. There will be no course fee refunds (partial or otherwise) after payments have been made. If registrants are forced to miss the field trip to southern Africa for legitimate reasons, arrangements will be made so that all course requirements can be met.  However, there will be no refunds.
  • The course fee includes return airfare to southern Africa, in-country travel, accommodations, National Park entrance fees, and required insurances for the 2019 international field trip. Visa fees, meals and some optional event fees (such as shark diving, white water rafting and elephant riding) are not included.
  • Registrants are responsible for obtaining a Passport, etc.  [NOTE: International students may require visas (dual entry for South Africa; single entry to Zimbabwe) and should check with the Missouri S&T International Affairs Office before registering for the course.] 
  • Registrants will be required to attend an on-campus (also on-line) “orientation” program conducted by International Affairs Office (mid-November; date to be determined).

Faculty Leader

Neil Anderson

Professor, Geological Engineering Director of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Institute

Geosciences and Geological Engineering and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests:

Focused on the application of geophysical technologies to geotechnical, structural and environmental engineering investigations, archeology, hydrogeology, hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, and geologic mapping.

For more information

Contact Us.

Professional and Continuing Education

216 Centennial Hall, 300 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-1560

Phone: 573-341-6222  |  Fax: 573-341-4992
Email: pce@mst.edu