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GEO - Accra, Ghana (formerly AHA)
Accra, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 03/01/2016
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2016 03/01/2016
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.

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Minimum GPA:
Class Status:
Language of Instruction:
Prior Language Study Required:
Academic Subject:
African Studies, Business and Management, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, International Studies, Other, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology Program Type: Provider
Program Description:

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About Accra

Live and study in this bustling capital city stretched along the Atlantic coast of Ghana. Visit museums, nature reserves, and national parks. Experience the welcoming hospitality of the Ghanaian people as you explore the Makola Market, ride a trotro through the city, or watch artisans create traditional kente and andrinka cloth. Discover the wide variety of cultural events, festivals, and performances this city of more than 4 million people has to offer. Visit the National Cultural Centre and experience traditional handicrafts; explore the final resting place of Ghana's first President at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; and relax on the shores of Labadi Beach. Immerse your senses in your new Ghanaian home. 

The capital city of Accra is Ghana's largest city and its administrative, communications and economic center.  Cultural opportunities are available in the city's museums, nature reserves, national parks, markets and festivals.

AHA Ghana offers you the opportunity to study on the fall or spring semester Development Studies and Service Learning program.


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Semester: Development Studies and Service Learning

This program is designed for students who desire to be immersed in Ghanaian culture, language and history.  For students looking to study abroad in Africa, or "off the beaten path", this program is also ideal.  Study sociology, history, political science, economics and cultural studies in a highly interdisciplinary program. You will receive an incredible amount of support in this small program run by highly professional staff and faculty.  The courses have been created to offer the students a multi-disciplinary approach to the history and culture of Ghana.  Combined with the outstanding excursions, you will leave Ghana with a deep understanding, appreciation, and connection to the country and her people. For students interested in participating in a service-learning program, the Aya Centre arranges the related internship experience.  Ghana is an ideal location for this model of academic training because of its immense socio-economic challenges in a variety of areas--including health, education, environment, gender, youth, and many others.

Complete Course Listing

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Excursions very by session and year, this is just a typical session example:

Central Region Overnight Trip
Typical destinations and activities include:
Cape Coast to explore the regional capital of the Central Region, Elmina, Kakum, and Assin Manso
Elmina to tour Elmina castle, the fortress which served as a holding station (in its dungeons) for slaves during the slave trade 
Kakum to take a canopy walk through a tropical rain forest
Assin Manso to visit the 'slave river', the last place slaves were bathed before being taken to the slave dungeons in Elmina and Cape Coast Castles

Ashanti Region Overnight Trip
Typical destinations and activities include:
Kumasi the regional capital of the Ashanti Region, to tour:
Manyhia Palace, former palace of past Ashanti Kings
Central Market, the largest open-aired market in West Africa

Prempeh II Jubilee Museum
Bonwire, Ntonso, and Asoafua-Assimang, three rural villages, to learn ancient bead-making and textile production

Volta Region Overnight Trip
Typical destinations and activities include:
Ho, to visit the regional capital of the Volta Region
Vli Falls, to see the highest waterfall in West Africa,
Tafi Atome, to tour a monkey sanctuary in a tropical rain forest

Other Activities offered in Accra

Accra Two-Day Tour
Typical activities include:
A tour of major sections of Accra
A visit to
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
A practical lesson of how to ride the 'trotro,' the cheapest and most common mode of transportation in Accra

Cultural events and activities offered in Accra

In addition to program-sponsored activities, there are many local cultural events and activities that students can take advantage of. Your site director and staff will provide information about these events when you arrive on site.

Typical examples include:
Individual trips to Aburi.  While there, visit the Aburi botanical gardens and the Aburi woodcarver's village.
Cultural and sports events - including music, drama, dancing, drumming, and soccer- occurring throughout the semester.


2014-2015 AHA Program Fees

What's included:
- Tuition
- Excursions
- Home-stay and most meals
- Books and course materials
- Local transportation pass
- Medical insurance
- International Student Identity Card
- On-site orientation
- Expert support pre-departure and on-site

What's not included:
- Airfare
- Personal expenses
- Cell phones
- Local Transportation
- BSU technology fee
- BSU Study Abroad Fee ($350)
- Passport / Immigration paperwork
- Immunizations