Global Seminar Winter Break 2019-20: Learn how public policy and social enterprises are shaping Ghana into West Africa’s most stable emerging countries.
|Location||Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, & Senchi, Ghana|
|Housing||Dormitory, Homestay, Hotel|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Located only a few degrees above the equator, Ghana is known for its lush forests, exotic animals, and secluded beaches. Over winter break, travel to Ghana to visit Accra, Kumasi, Senchi-Ferry, Elmina/Cape Coast, and areas near Accra, the capital city. Accra is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and and is home to a colorful coastline, bustling markets, and lively nightlife. Develop a deeper understanding of social life and culture in Ghana by engaging with local professionals and organizations.
This Global Seminar examines the evolving role of social entrepreneurship in Ghana. Attend lectures, panels, site visits, and excursions with speakers from a variety of institutions in Ghana. Learn from entrepreneurs, policymakers, faculty from a variety of institutions (the University of Ghana Legon, University of Cape Coast, and Ashesi University) and public servants working in Ghana. Examine private and public sectors of higher education, as well as youth workforce development in Ghana. Lastly, participate in an educational service project that investigates youth development and education within rural and urban communities and the ways in which social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions for young people to thrive.
Stay in shared housing with other program participants. A welcome and farewell meal, and some additional meals, are included in the program fee. Take additional meals at local eateries.
Excursions will take place in and around Accra, Kumasi, and Senchi, and illuminate the program coursework. Highlights and excursions may include Kakum National Park, United States Embassy/USAID, Cape Coast Castle Museum/ Elmina Castle and Museum, and meetings with various social entrepreneurs.
This Global Seminar will be led by Simone Gbolo, M.A., M.Ed, the National Director of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000 or 5000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
Through lectures, panels, site visits, and excursions with speakers from a variety of institutions in Ghana, learn about Ghana's history, culture, and social life and gain an awareness of its social entrepreneur sector.
While abroad, you will maintain an academic journal to regularly reflect on your experiences. Participate in group discussions, complete required readings, prepare for field visits and guest speakers, and conduct mini service projects in a rural and urban community. Write reflective papers on the experiential components of the course.
This course must be taken A–F. S/N grading is prohibited.
Learn conversational Twi, the most commonly used language in Ghana.
Develop intercultural communication skills.
Understand aspects of rural and urban identity development in a developing country.
Gain awareness of social entrepreneur sector in Ghana.
Liberal Education Fulfillment: Global Perspectives & Social Sciences Core
Receive credit for: PA 3852 (undergraduate students) PA 5880 (graduate students)
Major credit approvals: an elective in the Public and Nonprofit Management co-major, an elective in the Entrepreneurial Management major/minor, and a depth course in the International Business co-major
Draft Syllabus (2018–19) Liberal education requirements for this course are pending. While course content detailed in the syllabus is not a draft, readings and itinerary are subject to change.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Winter Break||Dec 28, 2019 – Jan 19, 2020||Oct 15, 2019|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Winter Break 2020||TBD||TBD|
Winter Break 2019-2020 Cost of Participation Forthcoming
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Winter Break 2020|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Social Entrepreneurship & Diplomacy in Ghana|
|Track Name||Social Entrepreneurship & Diplomacy in Ghana|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toLindsey Lahr or call at 612.625.9370.