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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

Join UC classmates in a project-based, team-​learning environment that takes place within rural Ghanaian communities. After introductory coursework in Accra, you travel to participate in local hands-on activities in rural villages to improve access to adequate health services, learn about sustainable agricultural practices, ensure sufficient energy resources, and meet​ other basic needs in a village.

Unique study opportunities

  • Enrich your understanding of this unique African nation, its welcoming culture, and its sustainable development initiatives.
  • Participate in community health fairs and service learning with the West Africa AIDS foundation.
  • Conduct field work in a rural farming village coaxing out indigenous knowledge that can help resolve key agriculture, health, and nutrition challenges.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units.

Current Program Courses

  • Ghanaian Society and Culture (4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units)
  • Global Health and Global Food (6 quarter/4 semester UC units)

The program begins with a two-week intensive course on Ghanaian society and culture which examines social welfare concerns of Ghanaian citizens; development challenges; the special vulnerability of women and children in West Africa; the importance of religion; and other unique features of Ghana’s art, history, and culture.

A series of intensive seminars co-taught by University of Ghana faculty and leading medical practitioners in Accra follows. You’ll learn of the work to provide basic health care and hygiene, develop sustainable food and ecological practices, provide access to clean water, and promote empowerment and education to improve the lives of all. Service learning with the West Africa AIDS foundation is part of this segment.

Following the seminars, you’ll undertake two weeks of hands-on experience and complete community service in the Volta and Brong-Ahafo regions outside Accra. Each region provides unique insight into rural communities of Ghana. Discussions with local experts and daily debriefs on activities will help you glean more from the village experiences.

As the program comes to an end, you’ll return to Accra and have the opportunity to reflect, write up what you have learned, and share and process your experiences. A final report and presentation completes the program.

Catalogs and resources

  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Ghana is a developing country. Coming from a comparatively affluent and comfortable environment in California, it helps to be flexible, culturally open, and ready for a variety of living conditions.

Oral communication is a key characteristic of Ghanaian society, and this carries into academic settings. Professors and students rely heavily on person-to-person communication. By contrast, announcements at UC are often written. To succeed in this culture, cultivate relationships with your classmates, keep in touch with instructors, and check in regularly with local staff for announcements on activities, assignments, and other course matters.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Assessment for the Ghanaian Society and Culture course occurs through a final exam and written group exercises. For the remainder of the summer program, you’ll be evaluated via fieldwork hours (100-120), seminar participation, class presentation, and a short report (6-8 pages). As the summer program comes to a close, you will have a chance to reflect upon your experience and share what you have learned. Grades for this program are usually available in September.