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08/08/2014 - 12/19/2014
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Are you ready to explore the development issues facing a West African country?

Studying abroad in Ghana will introduce you to both Ghanaian society and such issues as education, politics, social entrepreneurship, development, and globalization from a West African perspective. Through both formal and informal opportunities for engagement with Ghanaian students, NGOs, schools, and businesses, you will gain valuable insight into the challenges facing various communities in Ghana and the opportunities being created by local organizations and companies to overcome them.

Study abroad in Ghana and you will:

  • Experience a combination of coursework, site visits, community engagement opportunities, and excursions to get a better understanding of the intersection of traditional culture and modern development in Ghana
  • Develop basic communication skills in Twi, the principle native language of Ghana
  • Meet with artisans, media professionals, women’s cooperatives and micro-finance organizations, and local schools
  • Immerse yourself in Ghanaian history and culture through visits to inspiring landmarks, activities with the locals, and a rural homestay
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Choose from a wide variety of business, development, and entrepreneurship courses including international marketing communication, management of NGOs, economic growth and development, and more. Students are also required to take two fascinating courses that link your business studies with life in Ghana:

  • Globalization and Development in Africa—explore and analyze the basic concepts of globalization and how it impacts the development of Africa, and specifically Ghana
  • Social Entrepreneurship—Study the many dimensions of new venture growth and learn how to foster innovation and new business formations in independent and corporate settings

Plus, you’ll take an interactive course on Twi language to help you in your interactions with Ghanaian business people.

Community Engagement and Rural Homestay

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What better way to learn about the challenges facing your host country than by working in the community? You’ll partner with a local NGO, business, school, clinic, orphanage, or other organization to give back while putting the theories you learn in class to work—teach English and math to young children at the local school, help officials with an urban healthcare project, or work on a training program for girls and young women. No matter what you end up doing you’ll be making a difference and having fun in the process.

Plus, as part of this program you’ll spend a weekend living with a local family in a rural village. You’ll shadow villagers in their daily activities, meet with community leaders and business owners, learn local farming techniques, and more to study the challenges facing rural Ghanaians today.

Activities and Excursions

Meet with local businesspeople, entrepreneurs, artisans, media professionals, women’s cooperatives and micro-finance organizations, and local schools. Visit the peaceful Aburi Botanical Gardens, spectacular Wli Falls, and remote Dodi Island. Even spend a day perusing the artifacts housed in the National Museum of Ghana, or exploring the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the final resting place of Ghana’s first president. You’ll get to do it all with CIEE.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (19 wks)
04/01/2014
08/08/2014
12/19/2014
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,575
Housing ***
$1,700
Insurance
$102
Visa Fees
$173

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $500 for one semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (21 wks)
11/15/2013
01/10/2014
06/06/2014
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,575
Housing ***
$1,700
Insurance
$102
Visa Fees
$173

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $500 for one semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
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Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Junior standing or above
  • Minimum of two courses beyond the introductory level (200 level and above) in business, development studies, sociology, African Studies, or international affairs
  • Recommended: Minimum of one course in marketing, finance, or accounting
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

The Globalization and Development in Africa course includes 60 contact hours (25 hours of Seminar instruction + 100-130 hours of on-site practicum hours) for a recommended 4 semester / 6 quarter hours. All other courses include 45 contact hours for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the program is 16 semester / 24 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students are required to enroll in a CIEE Twi language course, the CIEE course Globalization and Development in Africa, one University of Ghana course from a pre-selected list of subjects, and the Ashesi University Entrepreneurship course. In addition, students choose one elective course at either the University of Ghana or Ashesi University.

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About the City

About The City

The CIEE Study Center is located in Legon, approximately 10 miles from Ghana’s capital city, Accra, at the University of Ghana. While still characterized by a vibrant atmosphere, Legon has a slower pace than the bustle of central Accra. However, due to its close proximity to Accra, students are able to experience firsthand the challenges of a large urban environment within an African context. Noticeably friendly, the people of Ghana make this experience one of the best opportunities for students to learn about the complexities of the African continent.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah

Prior to becoming Resident Director in 2006, Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah served as Resident Coordinator for CIEE in Ghana. Born and raised in Ghana, Kwasi received his B.A. and M.Phil. in Psychology from the University of Ghana. He serves as Resident Director for the Arts and Sciences program in Ghana. His research interests are adolescent sexuality and mental health issues, and he provides probono psychological services to the Juvenile Correctional Center in Accra.

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Akwaaba (welcome) to Ghana, a beautiful tropical country only a few degrees north of the equator. Ghanaians are a very friendly, warm, and hospitable people, and visitors to the country time after time describe their experience as meaningful and exciting. Ghana’s rich cultural heritage is a huge attraction in terms of language, religion, and family life. The ability to explore the country’s past and present is limitless.

At the CIEE Study Center you have tremendous opportunities to experience, learn, and immerse yourself in every facet of Ghanaian and West African life and culture. Here, you study Twi, Ghana’s most widely spoken language; take courses at the University; and study West African performing arts, such as music and dance. The variety of housing options also allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Ghanaian people. Volunteer and internship opportunities add value to your learning goals. If you’re interested in exploring economic development, Ghana provides an excellent case study.

— Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah, Resident Director

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Ruth Asante

Ruth Boatemaa Asante, Program Assistant, assists with day-to-day student welfare services and housing coordination. She also assists the Resident Director in the teaching of the Seminar on Living and Learning. Ruth received her B.Sc. in Administration from the Business School of the University of Ghana.

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Janet Boafo

Janet Anarfi Boafo, Resident Coordinator, assists the Resident Director and helps students with academics, student welfare, volunteer and internship placements, and day-to-day matters. Janet obtained her B.A. from the University of Ghana.

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Abena Owusua Gyamera

Abena Owusua Gyamera, Program Assistant, is responsible for housing coordination. Abena obtained her Associate’s in Youth Development from the University of Ghana.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

University of Ghana

As the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana has an enrollment of more than 28,000 students and faculty of over 900. The University comprises faculties of agriculture and consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, and social sciences; schools of Business, Nursing, and Public Health; and three agricultural research stations. The University also has institutes for African studies; international relations; journalism and communication; population studies; and statistical, social, and economic research, among others.

Ashesi University

As one of newest higher education institutions in Ghana, Ashesi University seeks to nurture excellence in scholarship, leadership, and citizenship in pursuit of its mission “to train a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within [its] students the values of life-long learning, concern for others and the courage to think in a bold and enterprising way.” Ashesi University is accredited by Ghana's National Accreditation Board.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Students have the choice of two housing options:

  • On-Campus Dormitory—This option allows students to live in a University of Ghana residence hall on campus with CIEE, Ghanaian, and other international students. Students share double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the dormitory option. Students can prepare their own meals within the limited cooking facilities in the dormitory or eat at establishments on or off campus. Students living on campus can expect fewer amenities and more basic accommodations but do benefit from close interaction with Ghanaian and other African peers. The dormitory is a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.
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  • Homestay with Ghanaian Family—This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their experience in Ghana. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout greater Accra (beyond Legon), in most cases students are required to utilize public transportation to and from the University, a 20- to 30-minute commute.
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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Legon even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

The program begins with a one-week mandatory orientation held in Legon. Sessions are devoted to personal safety, medical issues, and Ghanaian customs and values, including family life and gender relations. During the orientation week, you will also begin instruction in Twi. In addition, a program of expanded orientation activities fosters integration by having you explore specific places or organizations, in some cases with Ghanaian students. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You should not expect to have Internet access at your homestay; however, you will have access at the numerous Internet cafés in Legon. In addition, computers and wireless internet access are available for student use free of charge at the CIEE Legon Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

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Students on this program will have a separate set of cultural activities designed around the program’s core themes of business, development, and social entrepreneurship. You will visit local businesses and entrepreneurs, and meet with artisans, media professionals, women’s cooperatives and micro-finance organizations, and local schools. The academic program is supplemented with field trips and excursions to various points of interest. Past semesters have included field trips and excursions to Kumasi, Dodi Island, Elmina, Cape Coast, Aburi Botanical Gardens, and the Wli Falls in the Volta Region; as well as day trips to the National Museum, Dubois Center, and Nkrumah Mausoleum. Local conditions dictate which field trips and excursions are offered each semester, and are subject to change.

Community Engagement and Rural Stay

Community engagement is an important component of this program. As part of the required Globalization and Development in Africa course, you will complete a community practicum that includes a minimum of 100 hours of practical on-site community engagement with a local host organization. CIEE has an established network of community partnerships with local NGOs, businesses schools, clinics, orphanages, and other local organizations. Projects may range from teaching English and math skills to young children or creating activities for children at an orphanage to working on training programs for girls and young women or helping officials with urban healthcare projects. The program schedule is structured to allow you significant blocks of time each week for your community engagement practicum.

A highlight of the program is a weekend rural stay experience. You'll spend a weekend living with local families in a rural village. You will meet with community leaders to discuss issues and challenges involving their occupations, business development, and daily livelihood; learn about local farming techniques; meet with local business owners; and learn about the challenges facing rural Ghanaians today. In addition, you will shadow the villagers in their daily activities and then meet as a group in the evenings to reflect on your experiences and observations.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Business, Development, and Social Entrepreneurship program is based at the CIEE Study Center at the University of Ghana in Legon. Students enroll in a combination of CIEE, University of Ghana, and Ashesi University courses. All courses are taught by local university faculty. The program is offered in both the fall and spring semesters and may be combined with the CIEE Legon Arts and Sciences program for a full academic year in Ghana.

All students are required to enroll in a CIEE Twi language course, the CIEE course Globalization and Development in Africa, one University of Ghana course from a pre-selected list of subjects, and the Ashesi University Social Entrepreneurship course. Participants must also enroll in one University of Ghana course from a pre-selected list of subjects and the Ashesi University Social Entrepreneurship course. Students may then select one additional elective course from either the University of Ghana or Ashesi University.

Academic Culture

At the University of Ghana and Ashesi University, CIEE students enroll in regular courses alongside Ghanaian and other international students. The specific CIEE courses are for CIEE students only. Students often notice striking differences between their home educational system and the Ghanaian system. Following the British model, this system offers a less structured environment that requires students to take greater responsibility and initiative. Courses may involve relatively few contact hours each week, since professors expect a great deal of individual study. Learning by rote is the model most often used in classes. This entails professors reading from notes or books, with the expectation that students copy word for word their recitation. Most classes at the University of Ghana are very large, thus making classroom interaction with the professor very rare. In contrast, courses at Ashesi University are generally smaller, seminar-style courses that encourage interaction between students and faculty. CIEE courses are designed to be small and interactive. The CIEE Globalization and Development in Africa course combines a seminar course with an integrated practicum (internship) experience. The academic program is carefully structured in order to allow students at least one and a half days each week for their practicum.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are for CIEE students only. University of Ghana and Ashesi University courses are taken together with local Ghanaian and other international students.

Grading System

Final grades in CIEE courses are based on a combination of attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper, exam, or presentation. In University of Ghana courses, students are normally graded solely on a final exam, or a mid-term and final exam.

Language of Instruction

All area studies courses are taught in English. The Twi language course is designed to help students develop basic communication skills in Twi. The use of Twi will allow students to communicate more effectively and openly with members of the communities in which they are completing their practicum.

Faculty

All courses are taught by local Ghanaian faculty, most of whom have faculty appointments at the University of Ghana and Ashesi University.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Courses

AFST/BUSI/DEVE 3001 BDSE Globalization and Development in Africa

This course will be conducted seminar-style where we will explore and analyze the basic concepts of globalization and how it is impacting Africa and specifically Ghana’s development from the perspectives of culture, gender, politics, and leadership. One of the main objectives of this course is to help students integrate what they are learning in the classroom with their practicum (internship) experiences. Through lectures and discussions students will be challenged to pay attention to their communities and the world within which they live, identify specific issues that challenge their communities, and propose solutions. The practicum will offer students opportunities in the following areas:

  • Business and entrepreneurship (advertising, marketing, micro-finance, media)
  • Development (education, public health, NGOs, orphanages)

TWIL 3001 BDSE Twi Language for Beginners

The goal of this language course is to give students a basic knowledge of Twi, Ghana’s most commonly spoken language. The course is interactive with a combination of classroom and community-based activities. Students interested in studying another Ghanaian or African language may do so, but must still enroll in the Twi language course.

University of Ghana Courses

Students must select one course from the following list.

Business
Fall
Financial Markets
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Human Behavior in Organizations
Integrated Marketing Communication
Labor Law
Management of NGOs
Management of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
Public Administration
Spring
Auditing
Buisness Finance II
Business Policy
Community Health
Consumer Behavior
Democracy and Policy Making
Health Insurance
Health Law
Health Services Marketing
Industrial Relations
International Finance and Banking
International Marketing
Introduction to Human Resources Management
Introduction to Production Management
Investment Fundamentals
Local Government Administration
Managerial Economics
Marketing Management
Marketing Research
Monetary Theory
Pensions and Social Insurance Schemes
Property and Pecuniary Insurance
Public Sector Accounting

Economics
Fall
Economic Growth and Development
International Trade Theory and Policy

Spring
Agricultural Economics II
Applied Statistics For Economists
Development And Growth II
Economic Planning II
Economic Theory II (Macro)
Industrial Economics II
International Finance And Open Economy Macroeconomics
Labour Economics II
Public Finance II

Political Science
Africa in the Global System
Conflict and Society in Africa
Development Administration
Public Policy Process in Ghana
Politics and Civil Society in Ghana
Electoral Politics and Democracy in Ghana
Issues in Africa’s International Education
Politics and Economic Reform and Democracy in Africa
Civil-Military Relations in Africa
NGOs and Development in Africa
Politics and the Bureaucracy in Africa
Politics of International Economic Relations
Africa: Political Economy of Colonialism

Religion
Gender Issues in Religion and Culture
Religion and Society

Sociology
Gender Studies

Ashesi University Courses

All students must enroll in the following required course:
Entrepreneurship I (fall)
Entrepreneurship II (spring)

The Entrepreneurship course is an integrative course—one that combines material introduced to you in the core courses of finance, marketing, accounting and strategy, and its application in initiating and managing new ventures. The purpose of this course is to explore the many dimensions of new venture creation and growth, and to foster innovation and new business formations in independent and corporate settings. The course will focus on content and process questions as well as with formulation and implementation issues that relate to conceptualizing, developing, and managing successful new ventures. Most importantly, the course has been designed and will be delivered to sharpen the personal entrepreneurial competencies in each individual. These qualities largely determine how far one could go in any career – in private business, academia, as an employee, etc.

Elective Courses

Students may take one additional elective course. Here is a sample list of courses and departments at the University of Ghana and Ashesi University

University of Ghana:
History
Politics
Social Work
Sociology
Music
Dance
Theater
Psychology
Economics
Geography
Linguistics
English
Information Studies
Mathematics

Ashesi University:
Leadership IV-Leadership as a Service
Africa in the International Setting
Competitive Strategy
Marketing
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Political Science: Conflicts in African States

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