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Study Abroad Programs at City College

Ghana- International Development and Civic Engagement



July 7th - 31st, 2015




Academic Program: The History of Ghanaian Culture

This faculty led project is an educational/ international service learning program part of the MA Program in International Relations at CCNY.  The overall goal is to contribute to a greater understanding of Ghana's cultural history and to contribute to Ghana's development by helping to enhance the educational experience of children in Ghana, work on a project for sustainable agriculture, and assist in developing opportunities in forming micro-businesses.This project is designed to help achieve these goals by providing a faculty-led program and through assisting sustainable programs in the neighboring villages of Kobina Ansah and Akoanso

Academic requirements for the course

The students will be required to complete a full course of reading assignments on Ghana and Africa, conduct research, work with the villagers, develop plans for the elementary school sanitation system, begin building the system, keep a daily journal to be turned in each week, make a written and oral seminar class presentation, and write a final 10-page paper on the service learning experiences they encountered during the program.

Service Learning Component

In the summer 2014, the students will go to Ghana and work with members of the community of Kobina Ansah and Akoanso to carry out the following projects:

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Building a Sanitation System at Elementary School
  • Educational Development at the School
  • Assisting Micro-Business Opportunities

Students will conduct research and work with the residents of these two communities to involve them in the planning and building of a sanitation system and enhancing educational curriculum for a primary school.The students will also work on a sustainable agricultural project, using hydroponics.They will also work with villagers on two new micro-businesses established to bring development to the community. 


Important Dates (mandatory meetings):

- Interview with Study Abroad: TBA
- Pre-Departure Orientation: TBA
- Deadline for payment of Program costs and CUNY - Tuition:TBA
- Deadline for all Application Materials: April 30th, 2015


CUNY-Tuition (6 credits)

Program Cost: TBA

Airfare: $1650-$2,000.00