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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: U. of Ghana & Cape Coast, School of Social Work at Osu, KNUST Type of Instruction: Experiential, Independent Study, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Service-Learning
Classes With: Local Students, U.S. Student Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: Yes
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Education, FACS, Social Work
Academic Area: African American Studies, Design, Education, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Merchandising, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Merchandising, Social Studies Education, Social Work, Teacher Leadership, Textile, Women's Studies, Workforce Education Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Participant Selection: Not competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

SSW Ghana Interdisciplinary 1

UGA- Social Work- Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Ghana

This dynamic and exciting program offers classroom time provided along with travel to different regions and cultures. It includes interaction with Ghanaian university students, cultural immersion and, perhaps most importantly, direct involvement.  Each student will enroll in two learning-intense programs which provide course material amounting to six (6) hours of credit. One of these courses must be the Cross-Cultural Awareness in Ghana. The programs will include guest lectures and instruction in classrooms and studios with students in their on-going courses at various schools, universities and agencies. 

Program Location

SSW Ghana Interdisciplinary 2Ghana, West Africa, is a peaceful, harmonious nation, home to the famous Ashanti, Fanti, Ga, Ewe, Dagomba, as well as other peoples. Ghana is a developing country, working to improve self-sufficiency in food, improve health and education, carry out urban redevelopment and historic preservation, stabilize their currency, and reform the legal code. This program will introduce you to how they are doing these things, and provide an opportunity for you to learn through hands-on involvement. Ghana is well-known for its traditional production of kente and other fabrics.

Contact Information

Tony B. Lowe
Director and Associate Professor
School of Social Work 
Tel: 678.985.6790
Patricia Hunt-Hurst 
College of Family of Consumer Sciences
Tel: 706.542.4888
Diane Edison
Lamar Dodd School of Art
Tel: 706.542.0067
David Okech
School of Social Work
Tel: 706.542.5431
Bettye Smith
College of Education
Tel: 706.542.4207

Academic Program

UGA - Social Work - Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Ghana
Course Offerings: May - June 2016
Regular stay: May 16 to June 5, 2016

Tony B. Lowe,  School of Social Work
Cross-Cultural Awareness in Ghana SOWK 5908/6908

This course provides a multi-disciplinary overview of cultural, social, political and economic development in Ghana, West Africa and research topics in these areas.

David OkechSchool of Social Work
Children and Family Service Systems in Ghana SOWK 5777/7353

This course looks at the development of both formal and informal children and family service organizations in Ghana. Major behavioral health, child welfare, and social issues will be explored; students will be able to participate in practice based learning with service practitioners and survey cursrent social service agencies.

Diane Edison, Lamar Dodd School of Art
Painting in Ghana ARST 4180/7180

This studio course provides the opportunity for painting with an emphasis on individual student exploration based on their impressions of the culture of Ghana. Traditional painting and drawing will be taught in the field exploring a variety of media and working with nonrepresentational imagery as well as painting from observation.

Bettye P. Smith, College of Education
Foundations of International Education WFED 4990/6990

This course focuses on educational models and issues in international education. Topics will include: educational policy, teaching methods, teaching practice and others in public and private settings.

Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst, College of Family of Consumer Sciences
Retail Development in Ghana: An Entrepreneurial Case Study TXMI 4900/6900

This course will allow students to interact with entrepreneurs in the fashion and retail industries and learn how to market products in a less developed nation. Students will explore community trade options with Athens and research potential areas for economic development. Topics will include: Fashion & Fabric Design, Community Trade, Entrepreneurship and Retail Development.

Program Itinerary

Itinerary Highlights of Ghana

WEEK 1: May 17- May 21
  • The City of Accra & tour
  • Makola Market (All students)
  • Ginatu Fashions (Retail development)
  • Global Mama Tema (Retail development)
  • W.E.B. DuBois Center (All students)
  • Univ. of Ghana – Lecture Series
  • Cedi Bead Workshop and Market (Retail development & all)
  • Cappuccino Café - Local food traditions (All) 
  • Educational visitation - Morning Star School
  • Social service visitation - Street Girls Project
  • School of Social Work at Osu (Social work)
  • University of Ghana (Social work)
  • University of Ghana - Lab School (Education)
  • Travel to Kumasi

WEEK 2: May 22- May 28
  • The City of Kumasi
  • Visit the Cultural Centers
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (lecture series)
  • KNUST Lectures in History, Social Work, & Textile Traditions (All students)  
  • Kejetia Market (Retail development)
  • Kumasi Children's Home - (Social work)
  • Kumasi Children's Home - Service Learning (All students)
  • Adinkrah Village (All students)
  • Bonwire - Kente-Weaving Center (Retail development)
  • Education visitation - KNUST Lab School (Education)
  • Kumasi Cultural Art Center (All students)
  • Traditional West African Village - Togorme Community (All students)
  • KNUST Art Studio
WEEK 3: May 29 - June 5
  • Cape Coast Region/City of Elmina
  • Cape Coast & Emina Slave Castles (All students
  • Kakum National Park - Environmental (All students)
  • Univ. of Cape Coast (Lecture Series)
  • Lifeline Program/Street Girls Project (All students)
  • Wild Life Reserve - Environmental (All students)
  • City of Refuge Center (Social work & Retail development)
  • Togorme Village – visitation/ceremony (All students)
  • Artist Alliance Gallery & Museums (All students)
  • Closing Ceremony (All students)


The 2018 Program fee includes housing in double or triple rooms, breakfast and dinner daily during the program, ground transportation for scheduled program activities, and medical insurance. 

Program Costs

Participants carry out UGA registration for the courses and pay the program fee of $4,270 and the international airline fee estimated at $1,800. Program fees do NOT include visa fees, tuition, textbooks, lunch, and personal expenses such as laundry. HOPE funding may be used for tuition. Airfare from the international departure city, and transportation, lodging, facilities, and two meals a day in Ghana are included.  Upon acceptance your deposit of $500 will be charged to your student account by the Bursar's office.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 8, 2016. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
This trip was a transformative experience that I would highly recommend.

Maymester 2016 Participant
The Ghana program is an incredible way to emerge yourself in culture that is rich, creative, and very different from your own.

Maymester 2017 Participant
I felt extremely safe the entire trip. Our tour guide was amazing and helped us figure out any additional transportation needs.

I would definitely recommend this program to others! It is a great learning opportunity outside of the classroom and does not even feel like class. Make sure to travel with an open mind and to take everything in. Ask questions and allow yourself to step outside of your comfort zone- you won't regret it!
     — Casey Crews, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.