OverviewClick to Open
Reflect on the history of the slave trade and the cultural crossings between Africa and America.
For more than 400 years between from the 16th to the 19th century, millions of Africans were forced across the Atlantic ocean to the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean to work on sugar and coffee plantations owned by Europeans. Ghana’s coastline, a mere 500 kilometre stretch, from Keta to Beyin, had clusters of European castles and forts erected to perpetuate the Transtlantic slave trade. Many of them still stand today.
There is no place in the world like Ghana to study the history of the African diaspora. Discover the many effects of the transatlantic slave trade on the psychology, traditions, religion, economy and politics of the Black race in the world and the African continent in particular.
On this program, you'll learn about the resilience, entrepreneurship and mental fortitude of the Black race and the efforts being made locally and globally to regain and command the educational, financial, political and economic spaces in the world in spite of the odds.
As a final project, you'll develop a personal and creative project (poem, video, song...) and accompanying essay about the global impact of the African diaspora. Take home with you this project and your own experience in Ghana. Never stop drawing on it as you grow into a global citizen.
Learn about the impact of Transatlantic slave trade on the African continent and the African diaspora
Hands on experience
See first hands the scars left by the slave trade in Ghana's landscape, history and culture
A Certificate of Participation in the History & Global Impact of the African Diaspora program
Location & CultureClick to Open
Live in a land of more than 80 languages and 70 tribal groups! In Ghana you can converse with nearly everyone around you, as English is the official language.
Legon is a suburb outside of the Ghanaian city of Accra. It is home to the University of Ghana, which students and residents refer to simply as “Legon.” The oldest and largest university in Ghana, it was originally associated with the University of London but has since 1961 been an independent university with over 40,000 students and a multitude of study areas.
Daily LifeClick to Open
"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."
Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog.
Selected guest houses and hotels in close proximity to the University of Ghana
24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members
ActivitiesClick to Open
- Visit the Legon botanical gardens
- Participate in a Batik tie/dye cloth making workshop
- Enjoy a guest speaker lecture with academics and Pan-Africanists
- Discussion sessions with university student leaders of the University of Ghana
- Take a day trip to significant monuments in Accra (e.g. Brazil House, Christiansburg castle...)
- Visit Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa farm
- Tour the city of Accra to visit Independence Square and Osu Oxford Street
- Visit a Web Dubois Center
- Visit Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
- Take 8 hours of communicative Twi Language lessons to help you interact with Ghanaians during the program
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!
- Day Trip to the Slave dungeons in Cape Coast and Elmina. You will also visit Asin Manso Slave rivers where slaves were made to take their last bath while awaiting slave ships to travel across the Atlantic ocean to the New World.
- Day Trip to Ada Foah to visit the Ancestor Project where you will learn how major figures on the African continent has contributed to world civilizations. A session with the founder of this moving African heritage project will ignite your passions, empower you to promote African heritage values.
Dates & FeesClick to Open
Dates & Fees
- No specific requirements for standard sessions.
- Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.