Lincoln University Students Study Abroad in Africa

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Undergraduate students from a wide array of majors including anthropology, political science and biology recently conducted field research and participated in various lectures at the historic Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. The students were accompanied by Emmanuel Babatunde, chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Pia Bombardella, an anthropology professor at the University of Potchefstroom who facilitated many of the lectures.  

At the University of Potchefstroom students studied urban displacement and poverty and its effect on South African citizens. Students also conducted fieldwork at Boitumelo Regional Hospital in Kroonstad, South Africa where Jeanette Lebona, the hospital’s quality assurance manager, gave a lecture on the state of South Africa’s public health.


Lincoln University students at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg South, South Africa (Photo provided by Jewel Lee)

Outside of the classroom, students explored the vibrant and rich culture of South Africa. “The students were openly welcomed by the locals,” said Babatunde “It is an experience they will carry with them long after they leave Lincoln”. In Johannesburg, students took in the celebrated Apartheid Museum and explored South Africa’s famous Sunday Market.

Chinonso Obidike, a biology student who’s minoring in anthropology and sociology enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the locals. “We got to completely immerse ourselves in their culture,” said Chinonso, “It’s something I really enjoyed.” 

Before departing, Nqosa Mahao, Vice Chancellor at the National University of Lesotho, expressed his gratitude to Lincoln University, and president Brenda A. Allen for her initiative to renew the on-going relationship between the two universities.


Lincoln University students with Nqosa Maho and Emmanuel Babatunde at the National University of Lesotho. (Photo provided by Jewel Lee)

“I am sure that our final strategic plan will include a strong emphasis on global programming.  We hope that this upcoming visit will be the beginning of a renewed on-going relationship with The University of Lesotho,” Allen stated in a letter given to Mahao.

As a final gesture of gratitude, Mahao made the visiting Lincoln University students special guests of honor at the University’s 2017 End of the Year Party.

Learn more about Lincoln University Study Abroad, including programs, resources, financial aid, application instructions and program guidelines at lincoln.abroadoffice.net.

Article by Devin Bonner, Office of Communications and Public Relations