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Dates:
05/25/2015 - 06/22/2015
Deadlines:
03/15/2015
Credit:
3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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06/22/2015 - 07/20/2015
Deadlines:
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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07/20/2015 - 08/16/2015
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Program Overview

Spend a summer exploring one of the most vibrant countries in West Africa. Through the Summer Ghanaian Studies program you’ll gain an appreciation of Ghana’s rich culture and tradition; learn how slavery, colonization, independence, and Pan-Africanism have influenced the country’s present-day society; and develop a better understanding of Ghanaian people through the academic courses, co-curricular activities, and volunteer projects.

Study abroad in Ghana and you will:

  • Take innovative courses in Ghanaian history, governance, leadership and politics, music, and dance and culture and reproductive health taught by faculty from the premier institute of higher learning in Ghana
  • Learn firsthand about Ghanaian society through volunteer opportunities at local orphanages, NGOs, schools, and other service organizations
  • Explore Ghana’s rich history and culture through a series of CIEE excursions to sites including Aburi, Cape Coast, Elmina, and Kumasi
  • Experience an Intercultural Comparative Experiential weekend trips to another West Arican country and other part of Ghana to get a deeper insight and understanding into West African Cultural Values
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with fellow CIEE students to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness.

2015 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Republic of Togo
  • Session II: Northern Region of Ghana
  • Session III: Volta Region of Ghana
*Note: Locations are subject to change.

Community Engagement

study abroad in Ghana

Community engagement is one of the central components of this summer study abroad program. CIEE resident staff arrange volunteer projects for all interested participants in various organizations throughout Legon and the greater Accra area. The projects are designed to give you a firsthand look at the challenges facing Ghana as a developing nation.

CIEE has an established network of community partnerships with local schools and orphanages. Previous projects have included teaching English and math skills to young children and creating activities for children at an orphanage. Students who elect to volunteer commit a minimum of four to six hours per week.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2015 (4 wks)
03/15/2015
05/25/2015
06/22/2015
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,339
Housing ***
$925
Insurance
$113
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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$535
International Airfare **
$1,800
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$670

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 staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches

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

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Summer Session I 2016
03/15/2016
TBA
TBA

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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Summer Session II 2015 (4 wks)
03/15/2015
06/22/2015
07/20/2015
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,339
Housing ***
$925
Insurance
$113
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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$535
International Airfare **
$1,800
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$670

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 staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches

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

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Summer Session II 2016
03/15/2016
TBA
TBA

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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Summer Session III 2015 (4 wks)
Extended to: 06/01/2015
07/20/2015
08/16/2015
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,339
Housing ***
$925
Insurance
$113
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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$535
International Airfare **
$1,800
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$670

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 staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches

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

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Summer Session III 2016
03/15/2016
TBA
TBA

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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Summer 2015 Session I, II (8 wks)
03/15/2015
05/25/2015
07/20/2015
$6,930

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,494
Housing ***
$1,850
Insurance
$113
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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,070
International Airfare **
$1,800
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,340

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 staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches

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

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Summer 2016 Session I, II
03/15/2016
TBA
TBA

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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Summer 2015 Session II, III (8 wks)
Extended to: 06/01/2015
06/22/2015
08/16/2015
$6,930

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,494
Housing ***
$1,850
Insurance
$113
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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,070
International Airfare **
$1,800
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$1,340

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 staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches

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

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Summer 2016 Session II, III
03/15/2016
TBA
TBA

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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Summer 2015 Sessions I, II, III (12 wks)
05/25/2015
08/16/2015
$10,010

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,649
Housing ***
$2,775
Insurance
$113
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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,605
International Airfare **
$1,800
Local Transportation
$900
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$2,010

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 staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches

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

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Summer 2016 Sessions I, II, III
03/15/2016
TBA
TBA

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
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session, and classes are 45 contact hours per course, unless otherwise noted.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in one course per session.

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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. A large shopping mall is located roughly 10 minutes away, and several grocery stores are easily accessible to students. There are local restaurants and bars many students enjoy within the Legon area. 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 the challenges of a large urban environment within an African context. Additionally, Legon is roughly 30 minutes from the coast and its beautiful beaches.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah

Resident Director

Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah served as resident coordinator at the CIEE Study Center in Legon, Ghana, before becoming resident director in 2006. Born and raised in Ghana, Kwasi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Ghana. His research interests are adolescent sexuality and mental health issues. He provides pro-bono psychological services to the Juvenile Correctional Center in Accra. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the College of Education in the University of Ghana.

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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

Program Assistant

As Program Assistant at the CIEE Study Center in Legon, Ghana, Ruth Boatemaa Asante assists with day-to-day student welfare services and housing coordination. She also assists the resident director in teaching the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course. Ruth received her bachelor’s degree in administration and a masters in Public Affairs from the University of Ghana.

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Janet Boafo

Resident Coordinator

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

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Abena Owusua Gyamera

Program Assistant

As Program Assistant, Abena Owusua Gyamera is responsible for housing coordination. Abena received her associate’s degree in youth development from the University of Ghana.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

study abroad in Ghana

As the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana has an enrollment of more than 38,000 students and faculty of over 1200. The University comprises four colleges which are: College of Education, College of Health Sciences College of Basic and Applied Sciences and College of Humanities. See details on www.ug.edu.gh/academics/colleges

Within these colleges are Schools, Institutes and Centers for Research which include the Institutes of African Studies, School of Performing Arts, School of Public Health, School of Agriculture, School of Social Sciences, Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy and School of Education and Leadership among others.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Students may choose from the following options:

International Students Hostel—Located on the University of Ghana Legon campus, students live in double-occupancy rooms at which has a 24/7 wireless internet, security service and basic/shared kitchen facilities. Students can prepare their own meals in the kitchens of the hostel or eat at eateries and restaurants on campus or off-campus. The International Students Hostel is a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.

study abroad in Ghana

Homestay with a 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. In most cases students are required to use public transportation to and from the university, a 30 to 40 minute commute. The homes are in the East Legon and North Legon neighborhoods.

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Orientations

Orientations

A two-day study abroad orientation session at the beginning of the program will introduce you to Legon and greater Accra, Ghanaian culture, and the program. The orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities. 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 will have access to wireless Internet in the CIEE Study Center and also International Students Hostel; however, most homestays do not have internet set up in the home. Internet access is also available throughout the University of Ghana campus, and at the CIEE Study Center and local Internet cafés. Internet modems are available for purchase for roughly $40 to $60 through various telecommunications providers. You should keep in mind that internet reliability and access are not always available at the same level as in the U.S.

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Academics

Academics

Each of the 4 week sessions is based on the University of Ghana campus, and all courses are taught by University of Ghana faculty. The program provides an opportunity for students from all academic disciplines to live and study abroad in Ghana learning first-hand about the country and its people, while continuing to pursue their own academic goals. The program includes a community-based volunteer component designed to help students better understand Ghanaian history, politics, and societal values and traditions.

Students enroll in one elective course in each of the 4 week sessions. All courses are taught in English. Students may enroll in the optional Survival Twi Language course which is not for credit.

Academic Culture

Teaching methods at the University of Ghana typically involve a mixture of lectures, student presentations, active in-class discussions and seminars. Out of class field trips are offered in these classes to give the students an opportunity to do a comparison of what they are taught in class to what pertains in reality. The system is geared toward the serious student who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. Each course meets four times a week for two hours each session, with additional time reserved for student volunteer projects, program activities, and excursions. The Music and Dance Forms of Ghana course includes rehearsals, group work, and several performances.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.

Grading System

Assessment for all courses, except Music and Dance Forms of Ghana, is based on a combination of class participation, short papers, and a final examination. The Music and Dance Forms of Ghana course grade is based on student participation, written assignments, and several practical assignments and performances.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from the University of Ghana.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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Session I

Content Courses

Students choose one of the courses below.

HIST 3001 UGSU

History of Ghana
This course introduces students to the many factors that have influenced Ghana’s development from pre-colonial Ghana to present day. It examines the physical and ethnographic background of Ghana, and the rise of states, chiefdoms, and kingdoms; the social structure and history of Ghana; the economy of pre-colonial Ghana; and the rise, influence, and impact of European activities in Ghana. In addition, the course unravels the realities of the slave trade in pre-colonial Ghana and examines the abolition of the slave trade and its effects.

ARTS 2001 ACGH / AFST 2001 ACGH

Music and Dance Forms of Ghana
This course examines the traditional music and dance forms of Ghana by looking at their areas of origin, role, meaning, and stylistic differences. Five Ghanaian dances are taught: Adowa, Agbadza, Kpanlogo, Agbekor, and Takai. Traditional songs that accompany each of these dance forms are also explored. The class critically examines the evolution of music in Ghana, from palm-wine and highlife to contemporary.

PUBH 3001 ACGH/SOCI 3002 ACGH

Culture and Reproductive Health
Definition of the basic concepts - Cultural, Reproductive Health. Approaches – the cultural approaches; the empowerment approach; Development Approach; Reproductive health trends and prevalence of the components of reproductive health; A focus on HIV/AIDS, inequalities and reproductive health – gender inequalities, biological differences, individual and households, societal level and policy level inequalities. The cultural context of reproductive health – family and kinship, marriage, status of females, culture and sexuality, cultural practices, issues of vulnerability; socio-economic issues – poverty and unemployment education and literacy, women’s equity issues; health care situation; Cultural and societal diversities in reproductive health; reproductive health services or program policy issues.

Session II

Content Courses

Students choose one of the courses below.

AFST 3002 ACGH/INRE 3002 ACGH

Governance and Leadership in Africa
The course will look at the concept of governance, leadership, theories, forms of leadership - traditional, corporate, political etc.; relationships between governance and leadership; the role of governance and leadership in promoting development; barriers to good governance and governance and effective leadership. In the conduct of lectures and tutorials, concrete examples will be drawn from the global setting, but with specific emphasis on what pertains in Africa and Ghana.

DEVE 3002 ACGH/INRE 3003 ACGH

Political Economy of Africa’s Development Since Independence
This course deals with analyses of domestic and global forces influencing Africa’s development; changing global power structure and development strategies and trends in Africa. It will also share perspectives on international political/economic relations; the post war economic order and its impact on African countries.

ARTS 2001 ACGH / AFST 2001 ACGH

Music and Dance Forms of Ghana
This course examines the traditional music and dance forms of Ghana by looking at their areas of origin, role, meaning, and stylistic differences. Five Ghanaian dances are taught: Adowa, Agbadza, Kpanlogo, Agbekor, and Takai. Traditional songs that accompany each of these dance forms are also explored. The class critically examines the evolution of music in Ghana, from palm-wine and highlife to contemporary.

Session III

Content Courses

Students choose one of the courses below.

POLI 3001 UGSU

Politics in Ghana since Independence
This course will introduce students to the variety of political activity that Ghana has experienced since independence, including military coup d' etats, while examining the First, Second, Third and Fourth Republics of Ghana. Some of the issues to be addressed include nation-building, and the global economy; constitutionalism, national integration, and party politics: identity politics, citizenship and human rights.

ARTS 2001 ACGH / AFST 2001 ACGH

Music and Dance Forms of Ghana
This course examines the traditional music and dance forms of Ghana by looking at their areas of origin, role, meaning, and stylistic differences. Five Ghanaian dances are taught: Adowa, Agbadza, Kpanlogo, Agbekor, and Takai. Traditional songs that accompany each of these dance forms are also explored. The class critically examines the evolution of music in Ghana, from palm-wine and highlife to contemporary.

DEVE 3001 ACGH/INRE 3001 ACGH

The Context of Development and Underdevelopment
A study of the preconditions; facilities; impediments; and consequences of social changes and development in third world countries; The nature of attitudes of tradition and of inertia; social change and cultural lag; Interrelationship of institutional arrangements; nature and functions of religion and social values; Family and kinship networks; science and technology; social groups and social stratification; the nature and emergence of the elites; kinds of leadership and political institutions; population; urbanization and education; aid and development: who benefits. Structural adjustment and its socio-economic and political implications; women and issues and social goals; development as ideology; the social and psychological cost and consequences of development.

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