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Ghana Study Abroad in the News:

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Interdisciplinary Study Abroad in Ghana

2015 Trip | The Program | Application | Courses | Schedule | Cost | Contact

Ghana, West Africa, is a peaceful, harmonious nation, home to the famous Ashanti, Fanti, Ga, Ewe, Dagomba, as well as other peoples. Ghana is a developing country, working to improve self-sufficiency in food, improve health and education, carry out urban redevelopment and historic preservation, stabilize their currency, and reform the legal code. This program will introduce you to how they are doing these things, and provide an opportunity for you to learn through hands-on involvement. Ghana is well-known for its traditional production of kente and other fabrics.

We also will trace the history of West Africa – homeland of many Africa Americans – its nations and cultures. The history of the slave trade will be discussed as well as Ghana's colonial past, the country's struggle for independence, and its great leaders, including Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and former UN Secretary Kofi Annan.

2015 Trip

Application deadline for the Interdisciplinary Ghana Study Abroad is December 10,, 2014. The trip is scheduled for May 12-June 1, 2015.

[The group of students and faculty participated in a previous Interdisciplinary Ghana Study Abroad Program. ]

Ghana Study Abroad
1. Team in front of Nkrumah Statue | 2. Team fixes up playground | (mouse over photo to see more)

The 2015 Interdisciplinary Ghana Study Abroad Program in the School of Social work will depart May 12 for Accra, Ghana. Students will participate in an active program that involves seminar-style classes with Ghanaian lecturers as well as service and learning.

"Integrating native scholar's perspective through required course readings and lectures enriches students' learning experience", explained Tony Lowe, associate professor and program director. "The mix of non-traditional educational opportunities, culturally-immersive activities and historical tours enhance students' knowledge, enrich their appreciation of diversity and prepare them as global citizens and future leaders in their chosen field of study."

Community service remains a central objective. The University developed the Ghanaian School Uniform and Resource project in 2005 to help remove barriers to the education of needy children. The project annually solicits funds from students, faculty, and friends to purchase school uniforms and other school resources. To date, the project has raised over $10,000 and purchased over 1,300 uniforms and many school supplies. The West African AIDS Foundation, Inc. became the newest community partner in 2013. This foundation hosted the SSW faculty and students and provided an overview of its operation. In conjunction with Recovery Consultant of Atlanta, Inc, the program donated 25 new HIV/AIDS testing kits and completed a joint community outreach effort with their staff to encourage others to get tested to “know their status.” Students may also engage with the Lifeline Project, a crime and poverty reduction program that rescues young girls off the dangerous streets of Accra and offers them shelter, guidance and vocational skill training.

The Program

Tentative Travel Dates: May 12 - June 1, 2015

Nature and Purpose of the Program This dynamic and exciting program offers classroom time provided along with travel to different regions and cultures. It includes interaction with Ghanaian University students,cultural immersion and, perhaps most importantly, direct involvement.

Description of the Academic Component Each student will enroll in two or three learning-intense programs which provide course material amounting to six (6) to nine(9) hours of credit. One of these will be the African Society and Culture Program. The programs will include guest lectures and instruction in classrooms and studios with students in their on-going courses at various schools, Universities and agencies.

Program Goals This program provides accredited course instruction in the areas of African Society and Culture, Children and Family Services Systems in Ghana, Retail Development in Ghana, Introduction to International Workforce Education, Painting in Ghana. It also:




West African Society, History and Culture SOWK 5908/6908
Instructor: Tony B. Lowe
This course provides a multi-disciplinary overview of cultural, social, political and economic development in Ghana, West Africa and research topics in these areas.


Children and Family Service Systems in Ghana SOWK 5777/7353
Instructor: David Okech
This course looks at the development of both formal and informal children and family service organizations in Ghana. Major behavioral health, child welfare, and social issues will be explored; students will be able to participate in practice based learning with service practitioners and survey cursrent social service agencies.

Painting in Ghana ARST 4180/7180
Instructor: Professor Diane Edison
This studio course provides the opportunity for painting with an emphasis on individual student exploration based on their impressions of the culture of Ghana. Traditional painting and drawing will be taught in the field exploring a variety of media and working with nonrepresentational imagery as well as painting from observation.

Foundations of International Education WFED 4990/6990
Instructor: Bettye P. Smith
This course focuses on educational models and issues in international education. Topics will include: educational policy, teaching methods, teaching practice and others in public and private settings.

Retail Development in Ghana: An Entrepreneurial Case Study TXMI 3010/9010
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst
This course will allow students to interact with entrepreneurs in the fashion and retail industries and learn how to market products in a less developed nation. Students will explore community trade options with Athens and research potential areas for economic development. Topics will include: Fashion & Fabric Design, Community Trade, Entrepreneurship and Retail Development.

Program Faculty Contact Information



(Tentative Schedule)
Regular stay: May 12 to June 1, 2015

Itinerary Highlights of Ghana
WEEK 1: May 13- May 18

WEEK 2: May 19- May 24

WEEK 3: May 25- June 1



2015 Program Fee: $3,350

APPLICATION PERIOD: December 1-December 10, 2014.

Participants carry out UGA registration for the courses and pay the program fee of $3,350 and the international airline fee estimated at $1,800. HOPE funding may be used for tuition.

Airfare from the international departure city, and transportation, lodging, facilities, and two meals a day in Ghana are included.

The application deadline is December 10, 2014. Upon acceptance your deposit of $500 will be charged to your student account by the Bursar's office. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applications may be downloaded from this website or picked up 111 Tucker Hall, University of Georgia, Athens 30602, or 706-542-7490/Fax: 706-542-7667.


Application and deposit ($500) due by December 10, 2014

1. Complete the Ghana Study Abroad program application form.

2. Please submit your application by December 10, 2014. The Bursar will attach a $500 charge for the application fee, usually within 4 days of receipt of your application. This fee is non-refundable after March 2, 2015.

3. Submit copy of passport. This may be done after acceptance to the program.

4. Give the completed application form to:
Kerri Lewis, Tucker Hall,, (706) 542-3364 or
Trudy McAfee, A1970 UGA Gwinnett Campus,, (678) 985-6790.

5. The balance of the fees ($2,850) is due by April 10, 2015.

The 2015 Program fee is $3,350 which includes the following:

Refund Schedule


Contact Information

Tony B. Lowe
Director and Associate Professor
School of Social Work
UGA Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(678) 985-6790

Patricia Hunt-Hurst
Co-Director and Professor
College of Family of Consumer Sciences
321 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-4888


Applications may be downloaded from this site or obtained from the School of Social Work. Please contact Associate Professor Tony Lowe: 678-985-6790 or