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  • Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa; Lusaka, Zambia
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Budget Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Program Length: Short-Term Faculty-Led
Housing: Hotel Academic Courses: AET, REL
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009
Program Fee: $6500
Program Description:

Belmont in South Africa & Zambia



Immerse yourself in the cultures of South Africa and Zambia through service-learning. This study abroad program engages you in cross-cultural teaching of live sound reinforcement techniques and systems to church volunteers and connects you to local artist in Zambia to produce musical recordings. During our program we will examine cultural differences and needs in worship style and offer one-on-one training to individuals operating their audio systems and studios. The needs of each church/studio will be taken into account in our approach to education. The program will also include visits to the Castle of Good Hope, Robbin Island, Cape Point, and a Rugby match in South Africa. After working in Zambia, we will cross the boarder into Zimbabwe and take a safari, visit Victoria Falls, and have an evening cruise down the Zambezi River. Course is offered to Audio Engineering Technology, MBU Production students, and Worship Leadership majors.

Students need permission of the instructors to register; completion of AET 2560 Live Sound Reinforcement. 
South Africa:
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Robbin island
  • Chapmen’s Peak
  • Cape Point nature hike
  • Rugby match
  • District Six Museum
  • Cheetah Rehab Center
  • Table Mountain

  • Victoria Falls
  • Wild Game Drive
  • River Boat cruise down Zambezi River

COURSES AVAILABLEPhoto of S.Africa/Zambia
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the BELL Core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in South Africa and Zambia. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
  • REL 3950: “Questions that Matter” in Africa (religion Junior Cornerstone) (Online)
This course is a study abroad course whose classroom will be in cultural and geographical context as we travel to South Africa and Zambia.We will ask the question of the role of faith and religion in forgiveness and reconciliation. It will examine the multiple ways Christians can address this questions.It will seek to develop several key questions arising from the history of relations framed by religious, political, ethnic and social conflict.
  • AET 3950: Live Sound For Houses of Worship in Africa (counts as AET elective or Free elective) (pre-req: AET 2560)
A study of the specific needs and operation of sound systems for houses of worship.  Students will learn how to assist in the purchase, design, and operation of sound systems in an effort to meet the needs of pastors, music ministries and a volunteer based work team.  A focus on the education of audio system volunteers will be included as well.  The trip will include six site visits to churches in South Africa and Zambia, education on cultural difference through class lecture, and visits to world heritage sites.
  • AET 3950: Master Production (counts as AET 3370 or AET elective) (pre-req: either AET 2370 or AET 2090)
This course is an advanced study of the role of the producer and the use of music production techniques required to create a master recording.  Students will be interacting with top Christian Artists in the Zambian market to produce recordings in their studios.
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL Core requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)

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1. Program Fee: $6,500.  This fee will include all airfare from/to Nashville, travel visas, transportation in-country, lodging, World Wide Health Insurance, most meals, museum, safari, and other site admissions.  

Costs not covered by the program fee include: T
exts/supplies for classes, laundry expenses, 10 lunches while on site in S.Africa/Zambia, meals during travel days, souvenir shopping, and items of a personal nature

2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.  

Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance


Benjamin Poff
College of Entertainment and Music Business
benjamin.poff@belmont.edu34 MUSIC SQUARE EAST, 220
Justin Dowse
College of Entertainment and Music Business • REM Studios B18

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.