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 28, 2018 - January 13, 2019
(Departs USA on 12/28/18 – arrives SA on 12/29/18)
(Departs SA on 01/12/19 – arrives USA on 01/13/19)

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa and surrounding areas

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

Costs: $6,300

Geo South Africa Course Flyer

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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  Dr. Anderson immediately.  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 should submit forms and $3,000 deposit no later than October 1, 2018 (different than regular on-campus classes) so that firm travel arrangements can be made. Enrollments after this date will be accepted so long as arrangments can be completed.
  • Bring following to 216 Centennial Hall:
    • Completed Registration Form
    • Check made payable to Missouri S&T for required deposit of $3,000
    • Passport – we will make copy to have official name for travel arrangements 
  • Because course is off-schedule and has unique requirements, it is administered via the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) office.  While process is different, rest assured you will be registered and your student account charged/credited with payments made.  You will not be able to register via Joe’SS.
  •   The deposit is non-refundable.  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 round-trip 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 (apply for 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).
  • Process
  • Forms
  • Cancellations


On  or before October 1, 2018

  • Registration forms - can be found and downloaded from the "forms" tab
  • $3,000 deposit - check made payable to Missouri S&T
  • Passport

Professional and Continuing Education

216 Centennial Hall, 300 W. 12th Street

Rolla, MO  65409-1560

On or before November 5, 2018 -- Final payment due (if applicable)

Pre-departure orientation/safety meeting --TBA

Other forms will be required by this date.

Emergency Contact Form

Assumption of Risk & Release Form

Student Information Sheet

Audio-Visual Release Form



Download, complete, print and sign the following required forms:

Bring completed forms to:

Professional and Continuing Education
216 Centennial Hall, 300 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO  65409-1560


Cancellation Policies:

Missouri University of University and Technology reserves the right to cancel it's programs in the event of insufficient registrations, instructor illness, security threats, etc. In the event a course is cancelled, registrants will be notified immediately and full refund issued.

Induviduals who cancel are refunded only in accordance to payment schedule posted.

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