East Africa Summer Program

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Learn about our East Africa Program

This program combines academic study with immersion in a challenging, non-Western cultural setting. The focus will be on issues related to cross-cultural communication, global poverty, and economic development.

Program Dates

May 6th, 2020 - June 1st, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $2,280

Program Specific Costs:

  • Visa: $100

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form (coming soon), including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 15, 2021
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only):
    • Programs departing in June 2021: April 9, 2021
    • Programs departing in July 2021: May 14, 2021
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): May 21, 2021

Course Requirements

4 unit minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

COM 313 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (4 units)

GE: World Civilizations

Prerequisite: COM 180

  • The study of interpersonal, small group, organizational and mass media communication as it influences the creation of meaning between representatives of major cultures or co-cultures within a predominant culture. Includes verbal and nonverbal elements influencing communication. Contemporary insights from a variety of areas including communication, anthropology, sociology and psychology.

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience (Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only).

REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3 units)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.



Professor Greg Daum

Visiting Instructor of Communication, Communication Division, Seaver College


Office Location: CCB 202

Office Hours: By Appointment 

Greg has written a brief bio:

"A native of Southern California, I grew up right here near the beaches of Malibu. It was a dream of mine to attend Pepperdine University and to remain close to the Pacific Ocean, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to attend graduate school at Pepperdine starting in 1994. Now, almost 20 years later, I am still here at Pepperdine! It was during my time as a student at Pepperdine, that I had my first experience with Pepperdine's International Programs. I spent the summer in Banias, Israel doing archaeological work. This was the beginning stages of both my love for travel, and my desire to want to continue to be involved with Pepperdine's student body in International Programs. After receiving my graduate degrees in the fields of Communication and Religion, I was given the opportunity to serve as teacher for Pepperdine starting in 2000. Today, my main responsibility is serving as the Director for the Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis basic course (Com180), along with teaching other courses such as Interpersonal Communication (Com220) and History and Religion of Early Christianity. My International Program experiences with Pepperdine have taken me to Israel, Switzerland and most recently Uganda. Although experiencing the culture of each of these countries has been remarkable, it is the relationships that have been established with students, faculty, and those in the international community that that has had the greatest impact upon me. I look forward with great excitement for the new relationships that will be established with each of the students in our East Africa International Program in the summer of 2020"

Dr. John Barton

Visiting Associate Professor of Religion, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College

Director, Center for Faith and Learning


Office Location: TAC 201D 




Updated: 7.23.19