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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01/12/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/17/2020 06/30/2020

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEWGhana
 
Students will not be able to have the kind of rich experience on campus that visiting a country like Ghana can provide. In discussing the types of activities, information, and lessons that the study abroad experience can provide, myths and stereotypes about Africa and its many countries, can be dispelled. Ghana is one country with a history that is unique with regard to its location and the slave trade. Historical and social contexts must be understood in order to see how Ghanaians live in cities versus rural communities. To this end, students will be educated on Ghana's history by professors but also educated by village elders and a village chief on customs and traditions and how they are maintained.

The activities that will be integrated into the international location include:
  • Guest lectures from  local faculty
  • Q & A sessions with local experts, representatives from NGOs, village chiefs and elders (i.e., environment, public health issues, education, culture, traditions)
  • Site visits following lectures (i.e., Cape Coast Castle - visit to slave dungeon)
COURSE OVERVIEW

What do you know about Africa? What do you know about urban life versus rural life? How is Ghana a part of the slave trade in the Americas? What does a colonized country do after it gains its independence? What social issues is Ghana working to address today? These are a few of the questions will be seeking to answer during our two-week stay in Ghana. In addition to these questions, you will have an opportunity to visit important locations in Ghana’s history and contemporary locations that seek to address education, social, environmental, and health-related issues.

 
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ATTEND AN INFO SESSION!
Wednesday, November 13th
12:00-12:50
KMC 605
Tuesday, November 19th
3:00-3:50
KMC 605
Tuesday, January 21st
3:00-3:50
KMC 605
Wednesday, January 29th
12:00-12:50
KMC 605
FACT SHEET
Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Alyse Collins at any time!
Get Started Watch Ed Abroad 101
Faculty Leader Shirley Jackson
Black Studies
Portland State University
Travel Dates June 17 - 30, 2020

Students should plan to arrive in Accra on the 17th, this likely will mean departing PDX on the 16th or earlier, so plan accordingly!
Areas of Study This program is open to all students, but is particularly relevant to students in the following majors:
  • Black Studies
  • Community Development
  • Sociology
Course & Credit Undergraduates: BST 406:  Ghana - Culture, History, and Pan-Africanism
4 credits

Graduates: BST 506:  Ghana - Culture, History, and Pan-Africanism
4 credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Host families & Hotels
  • Students will be housed no more than two students to a room
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Non-PSU students*
*Preference is given to degree-seeking PSU students
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Graduate: 3.00

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Pre-Requisites None
Considerations If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to fully participate in this program, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
Application Process
(Non-PSU Students)
PROGRAM FEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS
$4,460 $2,020 $6,480
APPLY FOR THE PSU EDUCATION ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP!
 
PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
  • 4 undergraduate or graduate Credits
  • Accommodations in shared hotels or homestays
  • Guest lecturers
  • Site visits
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Education Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health & Travel Insurance
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDES
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1500)
  • Ghanian Visa (estimated at $60)
  • Additional transportation (estimated at $25 each way to/from the airport in Accra)
  • Additional meals (estimated at $60)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Immunizations (estimated at $150)
    • US citizens are required to get the Yellow Fever vaccine in order to obtain their visa to Ghana. Plan ahead!
  • Passport
    • US passport holders must have at 6 months of passport validity beyond their expected return date to the United States

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.