Learn how public policy and social enterprises are shaping Ghana into one of West Africa’s most stable emerging markets.
|Location||Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi & Senchi Ferry, Ghana|
|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 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.
**COVID-19 Update as of 2/4: Program participants will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Ghana. In addition to obtaining a negative test prior to departure, each traveler must undergo a temperature screening and COVID-19 test upon arrival in Ghana conducted at the airport. This test carries a $150 fee per person and travelers must pay the fee online before departure. Proof of this payment must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. For return to the United States all program participants will need to provide a negative COVID-19 viral test within 72 hours of travel. Students will be subject to whatever health requirements Ghana has in place. Costs related to COVID-19 testing will be incurred by the individual student.
For more information on our Learning Abroad Center COVID-19 updates & policies click here.
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Stay in shared housing with other program participants. A welcome and farewell meal as well as some additional meals are included in the program fee.
Excursions in Accra may include:
Excursions in Cape Coast may include:
Excursions in Kumasi may include:
Excursions in Senchi Ferry may include:
All program participants are required to and responsible for booking their own round-trip flight through Village Travel, a local travel agency that the Learning Abroad Center works with. The flight is listed as a cost that you will incur prior to departure and the Learning Abroad Center will notify confirmed participants of flight options to book through the travel agency.
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.
Receive Credit for: PA 3852 (undergraduate students) or PA 5880 (graduate students)
Liberal Education Fulfillments: Global Perspectives, Social Sciences
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|May Session 2021||May 15, 2021 – Jun 5, 2021||Mar 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
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.
|May Session 2021||TBD||TBD|
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. You must also budget for the international flight, passport and passport photos, the required visa, some meals, textbooks, miscellaneous living expenses, and Yellow Fever vaccination. Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required upon arrival in Ghana.
The Learning Abroad Center has worked with Village Travel to identify a coordinated flight that program participants will travel on together. You can view the coordinated flight itinerary here. We will notify confirmed program participants of when they should book this flight and at that point you will be responsible for booking it through Village Travel. The Cost of Participation lists the estimated flight cost in the Estimated Additional Expenses box. Please note that the flight cost is subject to change.
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||May Session 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Ghana's Business of Doing Good: Social Startups & Public Affairs|
|Track Name||Ghana's Business of Doing Good: Social Startups & Public Affairs|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.
Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For this program you will need to have your passport in order to file for the required visa for Ghana. We request that you have your passport in hand by March 1st, 2021. The Learning Abroad Center will then help you file for your visa around this time.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRoslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.