South Africa has been the entrance door to the African continent for many companies of the northern hemisphere.

It is the only G20-member state from Africa and belongs to the so-called BRICS-states. Indigenous cultures and traditions, a strong heritage from European settlers going back to the 17th century, migrants from other African countries and from Asia, the history of the Apartheid-decades create a unique mixture – South Africa defines itself as “Rainbow Nation”.

During our two-weeks course you will explore selected parts of South African life. We will be travelling to some important landmarks in Gauteng-province and spend the mid-weekend in a typical Lodge for some game drives and bush walks. Together with local students from our partner institution in Pretoria you will be working on improving and accelerating business models of local entrepreneurs being supported by “Mamelodi Business Clinic”, an institution of University of Pretoria (UP) at the community of Mamelodi. You can apply business modelling skills and intercultural awareness in real life. Your work will be supported by teaching staff from UP and FHV.

2023 will be the first trip to Pretoria.

Details of the study trip

How to participate

All part-time Bachelor students can participate in the study trip to South Africa during their 3rd semester. At the beginning of the 2nd semester detailed information will be provided about the trip to South Africa in your following semester.

By the end of May you can register for the trip via the administration office of your study programme. Each part-time study program at FHV integrates study trips in a different way in their curriculum:

  • Students of the part-time Bachelor's programme in Engineering and Management can participate in the study trip as part of the course "Intercultural Awareness".
  • Students of the part-time Bachelor's programme International Business Administration will be credited with the successful participation in the study trip as an elective.
  • Students of other part-time Bachelor programs will be credited according to their curriculum. For details ask your program director.


Annually during two weeks in February. 
Remember: there is a preparation period at FHV before your trip which is compulsory.

Partner university

University of Pretoria - Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Expected costs

  • Programme costs: approx. EUR 1.200 - 1.500
    This includes accommodation (double/twin room occupation), programme and some meals.
  • Other costs: Costs for flights (from EUR 1.000,-) and personal expenses need to get paid individually.