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Service, Leadership, and Africana Studies in Ghana
Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Tamale, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Session 1
Fact Sheet:
Max credits offered: 07 Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
2.5 College Sponsor: *Open to All Majors, CLAHS, COE
Program Description:

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Field of Study

Africana Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Race, Gender Studies/Development, International Studies, Ghanaian Culture, Foodways, Music, Ghanaian Writers and Oral Tradition, Agriculture, Food security, Public Health, Sustainability, Biological Systems Engineering, Water Resource Management

Program Information
Ghana Flyer Summer 2017
Ghana Summer 2017 presentation (pdf)

Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (6 cr.)

Gain hands-on field experience, critical thinking, intercultural as well as career skills by engaging with local communities in rural Ghana and exploring African culture, history and politics at the University of Cape Coast.



Tamale & Cape Coast
Summer I, 2017 (May 24 - July 7)

Service, Leadership, and Africana Studies in Ghana

Service, Leadership, and Africana Studies in Ghana is a full immersion program. From May 24 - June 14, participants will work with Saha Global on water purification and solar energy harvesting projects in Tamale, the northern region of Ghana. Saha, a non-profit, partners with rural communities to address water safety, energy needs, access to technology, and provide women economic resources. During this portion of the program, Virginia Tech Professor Ozzie Abaye will provide an academic lens to the work with Saha.

The program then transitions to Cape Coast for three and a half weeks (June 14 - July 7) where Virginia Tech Associate Professor Dr. Kwame Harrison will offer “Africana Anthropology: The politics of race and culture in the Africana world”. Faculty from the University of the Cape Coast (UCC) will contribute a series of lectures dedicated to exploring African culture, music, history, literature, traditions, and more. The lectures will bring the various topics to life not only in the classroom, but also through visits to relevant cultural sites.

Saha Global
Cape Coast provides a critical framework for understanding and reflecting on how the African continent came to destination for development oriented projects. Through the lenses of anthropology (which uses culture as its orienting concept) and Africa Studies (which focuses on the concept of race) students will be introduced to basic information and critical perspectives necessary to reflect on their involvement, as Americans, in a service-oriented study abroad experience in Ghana. Through lectures with UCC faculty, students will have a deeper appreciation for the forces that have shaped contemporary Ghana, and how come to a deeper understanding of the lives of people in northern Ghana.

In preparation for the program, students will enroll in one credit hour of HIST 3954 in the spring taught by Dr. Brett Shadle, Professor of History.


Potential program excursions may include: 

W.E.B. Dubois Center Accra
The W.E.B. Dubois Center is the former home and final resting place of American-born socialist, author, and civil rights activist, W.E.B. Dubois.

Kakum National Park
Home to the central region of Ghana's rainforest, Kakum National Park has several trails linking the most interesting features of the forest where guides will tell you about the interesting wildlife as well as trees and plants, their cultural and ethnic uses, economic values and local stories.

Ghana Kakum

Elmina Castle
Built in 1482 by Portuguese traders, Elmina Castle was the first European slave-trading post in all of sub-saharan Africa.

Ghana Elmira Castle

One of the few ancient settlements on stilts and platforms left in the world, there is a preserved wealth of local traditions connected with the lake.



Open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.

Pre-requisite: HIST-3954 Study Abroad offered in Spring 2017 will be the pre-departure course acting as a required pre-requisite for the program.


Use the apply now link on this page to begin the application process.


Participants will earn a total of 7 semester hours of Virginia Tech academic credit.

HIST 3954: Study Abroad (Spring 2017) (1 cr.)
AFST 1814: Introduction to African Studies (Summer Session I 2017) (3 cr.)
ALS 3954 Study Abroad or ALS 4994 Undergraduate Research (Summer Session I 2017) (3 cr.)


Program Fee

The estimated summer program fee is $5,000* plus 6 credits of University tuition and fees. The program fee includes group ground transportation, excursions, lectures, CISI insurance,
most meals and lodging expenses for the duration of the program. Not included are round trip airfare to Accra, visa and immunization expenses, and some meals.

Scholarships of $1,000-$1,500 to be applied toward the cost of airfare are available. A deposit of $500 will be due following acceptance.

*Please be advised this cost estimate subject to change.

*Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. Six credit hours of tuition + fees will be billed for Summer Session I. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:

Contact Information

Selma Haghamed
Faculty Support Associate
Global Education Office
526 Prices Fork Road (0378)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, USA

Dates / Deadlines:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.

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