Residency and week-long intensive classroom instruction (by local professors and ASU faculty) at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Four (4)-week Internship period of immersion in an on-going research project with local researchers and faculty; or placement in government, private sector, NGO programs, depending on students’ interests.
Three Cities: Accra, Cape Coast and Kumasi*
Academic Visits may include visits to WEB DuBois Museum and Cultural Center, Ghana National Parliament, Ghana National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra; Manhya Palace Museum and Cultural Center, Military Fort and Museum, and West Africa’s biggest open air market, Bosumtwi Asteroid Lake all in Kumasi; El Mina Castle (Slavery and African Diaspora Museum), Kakum National Forest Park (including hiking and canopy walk on tropical rain forest), animal sanctuary; Akosombo Dam and Ada Community Radio station on environment and community resilience; and more!*
Open to students all students with a 2.0 GPA or higher
Earn 6 credits
Space is limited. Apply early!
Summer 2019 program dates: June 1 - July 6
*Please note that all trips and activities are subject to change.
This trip will have online pre-departure coursework.
Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana, with an estimated urban population of 2.27 million as of 2012. It is also the capital of the Greater Accra Region and of the Accra Metropolitan District, with which it is coterminous. Accra is furthermore the anchor of a larger metropolitan area, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), which is inhabited by about 4 million people and the eleventh-largest metropolitan area in Africa. Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north. Originally built around three different settlements including a port (Jamestown), it served as the capital of the British Gold Coast between 1877 and 1957. Once merely a 19th-century suburb of Victoriaborg, Accra has since transitioned into a modern metropolis; the city's architecture reflects this history, ranging from 19th-century architecture buildings to modern skyscrapers and apartment blocks. Accra serves as the Greater Accra region's economic and administrative hub. It is furthermore a center of a wide range of nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels. The University of Ghana is located in Legon, northern Accra.
Cape Coast is a city and fishing port, and the capital of Cape Coast Metropolitan District and Central Region of south Ghana. Cape Coast is situated on its south to the Gulf of Guinea. Cape Coast had a settlement population of about 200,000 people. From the 16th century until Ghanaian independence, the city and fishing port changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish and the Dutch. The crab is the city's mascot and a statue of one stands in the city center. Fort William, built in 1820, was an active lighthouse from 1835 to the 1970s, while Fort Victoria was built in 1702. Other attractions include a series of Asafo Shrines, Cape Coast Centre for National Culture, and since 1992, the biennial Panafest (the Pan-African Cultural Festival) theatre festival. The city is located 30 km south of Kakum National Park, one of the most diverse and best preserved national parks in West Africa. Cape Coast also is home to the University of Cape Coast.
It is believed that Michelle Obama, US First Lady, considers Cape Coast as her ancestral home, and on 11 July 2009, she took the rest of the first family to tour Cape Coast Castle as part of her husband's trip to Cape Coast.
Kumasi is a city in Ashanti Region, and is among the largest metropolitan areas in Ghana. Kumasi is near Lake Bosumtwi (famous asteroid lake), in a rain forest region, and is the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Asanteman (Ashantipeople). Kumasi is approximately 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of the Equator and 200 kilometers (100 miles) north of the Gulf of Guinea. Kumasi is alternatively known as "The Garden City" because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants. It is home to the Manhya Palace (home of the Asantehene or King), the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the Ghana armed forces military fort and museum, the open-air commercial center in West Africa and many traditional textile (Kente) weaving centers.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
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Open to all students with a 2.0 GPA or higher. No pre-requisites. All college affiliations accepted.
Students must take 6 credits from the following course list:
POS/SGS 394: Contemporary Africa and its Diaspora
POS/SGS 484: Internship
This program will require online pre-departure coursework.
Dr. Okey Iheduru
Professor of Political Science
School of Politics and Global Studies Okey.Iheduru@asu.edu
Students will be housed in shared accommodations at the International Students' Hostels while in Legon and hotels during excursions.
Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.
Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $6,965.
Program Fee includes: tuition for 6 ASU credits, lodging, several excursions, internship experience, and international health insurance. Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, most meals, passport, visa, books and personal expenses.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
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NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.