IHRE is proud of its diversity and inclusiveness. Approximately two-thirds of participants come from South Africa and African countries, and one-third are students from North American institutions. Participants represent a broad range of racial, ethnic, soco-economic, and disciplinary backgrounds. All students possess interest in and/or previous experience with human rights and social justice.
Students with a commitment to social justice and/or a history of academic or personal involvement with human rights issues are particularly encouraged to consider IHRE. The breadth and depth of the IHRE curriculum, combined with the exposure to human rights issues seen from African perspectives and in the context of South Africa’s recent history, are especially valuable for students preparing to embark on a career in social justice or human rights. At the same time, we encourage students of all backgrounds to apply as no previous study of human rights is required for admission.
Normally, applicants from North American institutions participate in IHRE during their second, third, or fourth year of undergraduate study. Under certain circumstances, recent graduates may also be eligible welcome to apply.
Recent program participants include students from the following colleges and universities in North America:
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Bryn Mawr College
CUNY Brooklyn College
Evergreen State College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Lewis & Clark College
New York University
Sarah Lawrence College
School of Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Oregon
University of San Francisco
University of Washington, Seattle
Wilfrid Laurier University