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Study Abroad in Namibia

Spring Semester Program

Namibia is located along the southern Atlantic coast of Africa, between Angola and South Africa. Although it is the 31st largest country in the world, it is one of the least densely populated with slightly more than two million people living there. The national language is English, although the vast majority of peoples’ first language is one of at least 13 different regional languages.

This program is based in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, a modern city of 200,000 located in the geographical center of the country. The city reflects the German colonial influence and the impact of apartheid and South African occupation, as well as the presence of 11 different ethnic groups. It is a cosmopolitan city with excellent hotels, restaurants, shops, banks and hospital facilities and houses the branches of government.



Education; Natural Sciences; Nursing

The experience begins in early January with a J-term course focused on Namibia’s history and development as a democratic country and highlights issues related to education, health and the environment.

During Spring semester, students will enroll in a combination of courses at the University of Namibia (UNAM) and PLU. Discipline-specific content courses will be offered online by PLU faculty. Students may also elect to engage in an internship experience associated with their interest and field of study.

January Term

HIST 389: Special topics in Non-West History (4 credits)

This course provides a historical perspective on Namibia from colonization to democracy. Focused topics in this Non-western history course include attention to the economy, protection of the environment and natural resources, and development of education, health care and tourism.


Required Courses

EDUC 424*: Inquiry into Teaching I: Diverse Learners
Taught by PLU faculty member

SPED 424: Inclusive Education
Hybrid course offered on-line and in conjunction with UNAM courses

ELEP 3700: English Language Education
UNAM course

EMSU 3500: Integrated Natural Science and Health Education
UNAM course 

Elective Course

ELAP 3620: Arts Education
UNAM course

*EDUC 424 includes an internship component.

Natural Sciences

Students will enroll in 3 Natural Sciences courses at UNAM, which will be approved by the respective PLU department chairs. Options include coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geoscience and Physics.


Students may also elect to complete an internship in one of the subjects listed above or COOP 477: International Work Experience.


Required Courses

Required Courses Students enroll in 3-4 Nursing courses at UNAM and PLU (online) and participate in an internship experience at one of the two hospitals in Windhoek, Namibia.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU's Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Study Tours

Prior to the beginning of the Spring semester, students participate in a 10 day study tour to the northern part of Namibia. On the study tour students visit towns associated with different ethnic groups, interact with those involved in animal conservation efforts and explore Namibia’s prime national park and game reserve, Etosha. Students have a two-night homestay in a Kraal community and experience daily family life.

Mid-semester students participate in a second study tour that includes the world’s tallest sand dunes, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, both of which are seaport towns, and the Namib-Naukluft National Park.


You will live in a house located in West Windhoek, which is walking distance to the downtown area. You will share a double room and the PLU faculty Site Director will also live on the premise. Two meals a day will be provided and you will be responsible for preparing weekend meals.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Spring 2016 covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees). Financial aid applies.

Out-of-pocket expenses

Roundtrip air travel, personal excursions, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

Global Scholar Award

All PLU Gateway & Featured Programs are Global Scholar Award eligible. This need-based award can cover out-of-pocket expenses up to $2,500 on PLU Gateway and Featured semester programs.

Contact Us

Jan Weiss
Assistant Professor of Education
Director, Namibia Program

Paula Leitz
Associate Professor of Education
Spring 2015 Site Director, Namibia Program

Carmen Eyssautier
Study Away Advisor and Assessment Coordinator
Pacific Lutheran University


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students applying for the Education program must have a minimum 2.7 or higher G.P.A. (3.0 preferred). Nursing and Natural Sciences students must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing. No previous language required; English-speaking nation.

Application Deadline

Completed application materials are due to the Wang Center by March 13, 2015 for Spring 2016. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due with the application. A $250 non-refundable program payment to confirm participation is required within 10 days of acceptance.

Application Components

  • Typed and signed application form
  • Short essays
  • 2 recommendation forms (1 faculty, 1 professional)
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Application fee
Note: Applications for Spring 2016 will be available in January 2015

Namibia Highlighted as Top Travel Destination

The New York Times recently featured 52 places to visit and Namibia is ranked number six!

PLU Film Team in Namibia

During Summer 2014, six Lutes traveled to Namibia to film a documentary about the nine Namibians who studied at PLU in the 1990s.

Photo Gallery

Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the Windhoek program.

Alumni Stories

Check out what alum Britt Rosenberg did after PLU and how her experience studying in Namibia impacted her vocational path.

Program Highlights
  • Spring Semester Program (early January to late May)

  • Programs options include Education, Nursing and Natural Sciences

  • Diverse Internship opportunites for all academic tracks

  • Content coursework taught in English through PLU and the University of Namibia

  • Study Tours to Northern Namibia, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Namib-Naukluft National Park and more

  • PLU faculty on-site 

View PLU Gateway Program Catalog