Study of Africa in Africa: Peoples and Cultures of Ghana

Location: Kumasi, Ghana
Program Dates: May 1 - May 20, 2014
An International and Global Studies Sponsored Program


Course Overview

This course is an exploration of the peoples and cultures of Africa emphasizing the diversities and contrasts which characterize the continent.  The focus of the course is Ghana, the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from Great Britain on March 6, 1957.  The approach is to see Ghana as a microcosm of the African continent in terms of historical development, the diversities and contrasts in human and natural resources.  The objective is to provide firsthand opportunity for students to experience Africa beyond the scope of tourist fantasies and wild imaginations, and thus replace myths with realities.  Through lectures and relevant site visits students wil appreciate the historic place and impact of Ghana on African liberation movements in the 20th century.

Country Information 

Ghana is home to a number of diverse peoples and cultures, all finding ways to coexist in a rapidly modernizing country. You’ll see men and women in traditional clothes text messaging friends and suited businessmen taking offerings to tribal chiefs. Ghana has no iconic natural calling card like Victoria Falls or Kilimanjaro, but one look at a map reveals a geographic blessing: hundreds of kilometers of coast shared by beautiful beaches, like those at Busua & Dixcove, ruined European forts, such as Cape Coast Castle, the poignant reminders of the country’s importance as a way station for African slaves, and the battered shacks of lively fishing villages. Accra is the commercial and cultural motor of the country, while Kumasi is the traditional home of the Ashanti, and is famous for its crafts. In the Volta region to the east, where the geography was given a facelift by the Akosombo dam, you can still find substantial swathes of forest crawling up mountains along the Togo border. And finally the North, which offers opportunities for wildlife viewing up close and personal, stretches across the horizon like an overcooked pancake to the Burkina Faso frontier.

Excepts about Ghana from Lonely Planet. 


This course is taught by Dr. Ernest Emenyonu and Dr. Dauda Abubakar, professors from the Africana Studies Department. 


  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • All majors are eligible to apply
  • Guest students are eligible to apply
  • No minimum GPA requirements


The cost of this program is $1,720*. This includes:

  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Travel visa
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities
  • Transportation in Ghana

Additional costs include: 

  • Tuition charges
  • Roundtrip airfare to Ghana
  • Passport

There is a $150 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 14, 2014.

Cancelations & Refunds

Students who withdraw on or before February 21, 2014 are eligible to receive $50 from the $150 enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. There will be no refunds after February 21, 2014. Students who withdraw after February 21, 2014 will be responsible for paying the full program fee. 

Scholarship Eligibility 

  • Students must be accepted into a UM-Flint faculty-led program.
  • Students must be full-time UM-Flints undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the application.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours at UM-Flint at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 5.0 GPA for graduates at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must register for the course associated with the program.
  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, January 24, 2014.  


Course Registration

This is a 3-credit course being offered in the Spring 2014 term. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:

  • AFA 475– Study Tour of Africa
  • INT 394– Special Topics in Study Abroad


  • Application & deposit: Friday, January 24, 2014
  • 50% of program fee: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Remainder of program fee: Friday, March 14, 2014