Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Ghana
This interdisciplinary program places students at the intersection of Ghana’s social service infrastructure and fashion industry, within the context of Ghana’s history, culture, and contemporary society. We partner with social workers, nonprofits, community leaders, fashion entrepreneurs, creatives, and university faculty to facilitate a unique learning experience for students in social work, nonprofit, fashion, textiles and merchandising, and other disciplines. For example, City of Refuge Ministries (CORM) in the Greater Accra Region empowers single mothers of children at risk for child slavery through psychosocial support and vocational training to enter the fashion industry. During our visit at CORM
, social work students may receive lectures from the social work staff about the psychosocial support provided to the children; meanwhile, the fashion students may observe the fashion entrepreneurs provide skills training to the single mothers.
Ghana, 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.
Dr. Tiffany Washington
Director and Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Tel: (706) 542-5471
Dr. Clair McClure
Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Tel: (706) 542-8447
Each student will enroll in two courses. Course packs are provided. The academic itinerary combines lectures and field/lab contact hours. A portion of these occur during pre-departure meetings and activities - all amounting to six (6) hours of academic credits.
Cross-Cultural Awareness in Ghana SOWK 5909/7909 (all)
Dr. Tiffany Washington, School of Social Work
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the historical, cultural, and contemporary society in Ghana. It is designed as an integrative learning experience that incorporates assigned readings, field experiences, cultural activities, and service learning opportunity to engage all of their senses to enhance students’ cross-cultural awareness.
Children and Family Service Systems in Ghana SOWK 5778/7778 (social work only)
Dr. Tiffany Washington, School of Social Work
This course provides a critical overview of children and family social service practices in Ghana. Students will develop an understanding of major social welfare and health issues impacting children and families and learn intervention strategies employed in by Ghanaian social workers, community organizers, educators, and service planners. They will observe and/or participate in a service learning project with a local community-based agency and/or engage with governmental and non-governmental agencies to develop a deeper understanding of the social service network, cross-cultural services, and policy practice.
Social Entrepreneurship and Product Development in Ghana TXMI 5720/7720 (fashion only)
Dr. Clair McClure, College of Family of Consumer Sciences
This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and product development through a retailing perspective of apparel and textile products made by entrepreneurs in Ghana, West Africa. Students partner with an Athens retailer to design a textile or apparel product appropriate for their store. Additionally, they interact with entrepreneurs in the Ghanaian fashion and retail industries to explore and have these products made for the local Athens retailer.
Itinerary Highlights of Ghana
- City of Accra Tour
- Makola Market
- Ginatu Fashions
- Kwame Nkruma Memorial
- W.E.B. DuBois Center
- Alzheimer’s Ghana
- City of Refuge
- Cedi Bead Workshop and Market
- Torgorme Village - traditional West African Village
- City of Kumasi Tour
- Manhiya Palace Museum
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (lecture series)
- Kumasi Children's Home
- Kumasi Children's Home
- Adinkrah Village
- Bonwire - Kente-Weaving Center
- Kumasi Cultural Art Center
- Ancestral River Park
- Cape Coast Region/City of Elmina
- Cape Coast & Emina Slave Castles
The 2022 Program fee includes housing in double or triple rooms in hotels (or NGO facilities depending on the itinerary).
Participants carry out UGA registration for the courses and pay the
- Kakum National Park
- Univ. of Cape Coast (Lecture Series)
- Lifeline Program/Street Girls Project
- Ginatu Fashion Fittings
- Ethical Apparel Africa factory visit
- University of Ghana lecture
- Psychiatric Hospital
- Closing Cultural Celebration!
approximate program fee of $4,500 includes ground transportation (in Ghana), lodging, facilities, excursion entry fees, medical insurance, bottled water, breakfast, and lunch. Please note: total cost varies based on program duration and number of students; the fee could be slightly more or less depending on these factors. Program fees do NOT include visa fees, tuition, textbooks, lunch, personal expenses such as laundry or international airline fee estimated at $1,800. HOPE funding may be used for tuition. Your deposit of $500 will be charged to your student account by the Bursar's office upon acceptance.
- The Study Abroad Scholarship Fund for Central America, South America, and Africa - email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- School of Social Work StudyAway Graduate Student Support Award - email Dr. Jane McPherson at email@example.com for more information.
- Please see a list of other scholarships HERE.
The application deadline is January 1, 2022 . Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Begin your application HERE
(search by program name).
Thank you to our 2018 participant, Madeline H., for producing this great VIDEO
The Information Below is Provided by the UGA Office of Global Engagement
UGA education abroad programs strive to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Areas of disability include, but are not limited to visual, hearing, learning, psychological, medical, and mobility impairments. If you receive disability-related accommodations at UGA or at your home university, or if you anticipate needing accommodations at your overseas site, you will arrange for them with your study abroad program director and the staff in the Disability Resource Center. Examples of accommodations include note taking assistance, extended test time, a quiet testing location, alternative text/media, and accessible housing. Please provide information about your accommodation needs at least 4 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations. Students are asked to disclose disability-related needs prior to the start of the program to help ensure that there are no delays in accommodations and that the student can enjoy the full study abroad experience.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an International Traveler's Hotline (404-332-4559) where, by punching in the country code of your host country, you can get recorded information on vaccinations, food and water, and current health problems. Their website can also be a valuable resource: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
There are no required immunizations for most of Western Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada. However, there are recommended vaccinations for almost all locations. The Hepatitis B vaccination is now recommended for all destinations. They may include Hepatitis A and/or B if you anticipate contact with blood or other bodily fluids or sexual contact with people from the host country. If you are going to South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia or remote areas of your host country, consult the CDC Traveler's Hotline several months in advance of your departure as they may suggest vaccinations as early as six months in advance.
The Travel Medicine Clinic at UGA provides personalized international travel consultations for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Information is provided on general health risks of travel, risks of contracting diseases related to international travel and methods of prevention, including vaccinations. The clinic also provides vaccinations against common diseases such as MMR (measles/mumps/rubella), influenza and Hepatitis B. This is a fee-per-visit service. Total charges will vary based on the number of vaccines needed. Appointments are necessary, and students are asked to schedule at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Call 706- 542-5575 for appointments and fee information or visit http://www.uhs.uga.edu/services/travel_clinic.html.
Visit Travel Health Online, a free on-line service, to review Destination Information including the health risks in your host country. http://www.tripprep.com.