SLU Students Travel to South Africa to Study Globalization
A group of 20 Saint Louis University students — along with their professor, David
Borgmeyer, Ph.D. — recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, to join peers from
universities around the world for a course titled "Conversations in Globalization."
Borgmeyer is an assistant professor and the director of SLU’s Center for International
The SLU students met with contingents from Stellenbosch University, the South African
host institution; the University of Stuttgart in Germany; St. Xavier's College, a
Jesuit college in Mumbai, India; and Ulsan National University of Science and Technology
in Ulsan, South Korea.
Borgmeyer and his international colleagues led the students through an extended week
of lectures, presentations by South African guest lecturers, intensive field visits
and research, and small group work on topics that included sustainability, culture
and identity, technology and public health.
"One of the things that is so special about this course is that the SLU students don't
just see globalization through their own eyes, but also through the eyes of their
peers from Germany, India, Korea and South Africa," Borgmeyer said.
The group also had the opportunity to get out and explore South Africa, including
a tour of the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
Students who participated in the course found working with and learning with students
from four different continents and many different cultures challenging but tremendously
“The biggest lesson I would say I learned was that regardless of where we come from,
we all have dreams and we all have fears,” said Sean Hynes, a junior in the College
of Arts and Sciences. “Those are very human qualities that are not unique to any singular
group of people.”
Hynes learned about the course while researching the international studies major and
knew it was something he wanted to do. He is now a triple major studying economics,
Spanish and international studies.
“The trip and the course showed me just how similar we all really are once we look
past the differences that may have once been separating us,” said Hynes.
This is the ninth year overall and the sixth year that SLU has been a part of the
program. Overall, nearly 200 students have completed the class and it has directly
led to several new international agreements and exchanges for the University. Plans
are underway for future iterations of the course including a program hosted by SLU
in either St. Louis or Madrid.
About the Center for International Studies
The Center for International Studies is celebrating its 20th year as an academic unit
whose mission is to facilitate internationally-oriented education within the College
of Arts and Sciences and across the University in collaboration with other units and
The primary focus of the center is the B.A. in international studies, a secondary
major which includes individualized multidisciplinary coursework, practical and service
learning experiences, cultural appreciation through study abroad immersion, and the
study of languages. The center draws upon outstanding faculty from across the university
whose teaching and research is international in character and scope.
For more information, visit the Center for International Studies website, call 314-977-5124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.