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The Ghana Study Abroad in Education! program provides an exciting opportunity for future educators to understand and experience the rich history and culture of children, families and communities in Ghana, West Africa. But it also gives them a chance to understand their individual history, culture and identity as well.

Through Ghana Study Abroad in Education!, you will deepen your knowledge and cultural connections to children and people of the world and develop your "response-ability" as global and culturally responsive educators and researchers for today's classrooms. While participants in the Ghana Study Abroad in Education! program are usually undergraduates in our pre-service teacher education programs, graduate students and those in related fields such as human development, social work, art, and ethnic studies will also have powerful experiences in the program, which focuses on the following goals:

  1. To explore the role of African heritage, knowledge and culture in developing strategies and curriculum to address educational issues in the U.S. and in the world.
  2. To explore pedagogies and research connections between Africa (Ghana) and the U.S. and develop local and globally based educational responses to teaching and learning in diverse settings.
  3. To understand and recall the forgotten roots of African-American culture and history that will help teachers and researchers respond more thoughtfully and relevantly to African-American children and families and our growing African immigrant populations in the United States.

This 12-day program is designed as an intensive winter break experience that takes place after the busy fall semester.

Apply to this program

Deadline to apply: December 1

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Estimated Cost Breakdown

  • Tuition, transportation, food, guide, and lodging: $4,800

Academic Credit

Earn 3 course credit hours while studying abroad.

Experience the Culture

This program offers a unique view of West African life, culture and people. Throughout the 12 days in Ghana, we will learn with others through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, school visitations, and hands-on experiences with:

  • Educationists (private, public and higher education professionals)
  • Government officials and policy makers
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Children (Pre-K thru high school)
  • Traditional leaders (chiefs, queen mothers, elders)
  • Religious leaders
  • Artisans and craftspeople

Each day of the Ghana Study Abroad in Education! Program is centered in the rich arts and cultural traditions of Ghana, framing the lectures, historic sites and school visitations, and discussions that will occur as an on-going part of this study abroad experience!