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Thursday, May 22 (Depart USA) - Friday, June 20, 2014


Prof. Kwame Essien



Nadia Sasso
Graduate Student, History



* A limited number of $500-$1,500 need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. 2014 Deadlines are posted on the 2014 Travel Grant Application.

*$4,950 - This includes tuition for two courses (6 credits), double-occupancy room with wireless Internet service and breakfast. The program cost also includes excursions and program activities. Not included are personal travels, personal expenditures, laundry or any other costs outside the program.

Admission Requirement: 2.5 GPA or higher



The Africana Studies Program offers a four-week “Lehigh in Ghana” summer study abroad program around the theme of "Economic Development, History and Cultures of Ghana." This program in partnership with Ashesi University (AU) in Accra, Ghana offers students who may not have opportunities to travel abroad access to, as well as support and preparation for overseas travel and education. The course provides an overview of Ghana’s history and cultures. The central objective of the cultural immersion program is for the participants to gain broad knowledge of diverse Ghanaian cultures. The other goal is to enable students to understand the impact of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and colonialism in the development and under-development in Ghanaian societies. Students will learn through cultural immersion, including tours, university campus visits and experiencing African Diaspora, Pan-Africanism and Africana Studies-related sites. These sites include originating points of the transatlantic slave trade along the coast of Ghana as well as the W.E.B. Du Bois Center in Accra. Professor Essien will offer pre-trip mandatory orientation classes/meetings covering the history and culture of Ghana. In Ghana, Professor Stephen Ramah (AU) will offer lectures on economic development while other Ghanaian professors and professionals from diverse backgrounds/disciplines with a great deal of expertise will lead various discussions and activities in the program. This will provide students with a broad overview covering a wide range of thought-provoking themes and subjects relating to the history and cultures of Ghana.

The current population of Ghana (approximately 25 million people) consists of a wide range of linguistic, cultural and ethnic groups. After Ghana became the first nation in West Africa to gain political independence from the British on March 6, 1957, she became a center for African diasporic history and a repository for transatlantic cultural exchanges. Many people in the Diaspora trace their ancestral roots to Ghana because of its connections to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Pan-Africanism. Since the 1960s, Ghana's rich history with the Middle Passage, the significance of sites of memories along the coast for heritage tourism and its economic and political stability has attracted many returnees, tourists, investors and students in various study abroad programs to the country. Ghana remains pivotal in the study of Africa, African Diaspora history, Pan-Africanism and heritage tourism. In terms of its governance, Ghana is the most stable and safest country in West Africa.


Students will depart with the group flight on May 22 and arrive in Accra, Ghana the next day (May 23). They will depart Ghana on June 20, which is the last day of the program.
The main residential site of the program is a comfortable hotel near the campus of the University of Ghana in Accra. Accra is the capital city of Ghana and the most diverse area in the country (located in the Greater Accra Region in the south). Greater Accra is the second most populated region, after the Ashanti Region, accounting for 15.4% of Ghana's total population. Students will spend part of their course time at Ashesi University, a prestigious private university located in the hills of Berceuse (about a 40-minute drive from Accra International Airport); and on the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, one of the major public universities in Ghana. These selected locations are close to the airport, the main shopping mall, restaurants (that serve affordable American dishes) and major highways that connect Accra and other sites of interest like the Tema Industrial Area/Harbor, the Aburi Mountains and other coastal areas. A comfortable minibus will be provided for group transportation between sites of learning and residence.
The selected program residential site will allow students to visit the following nearby areas with the group and on their own during their free time on the weekends:

  • 3-6 minute drive to: Accra Mall & Accra International Airport
  • 10-15 minute drive to: Labadi Pleasure Beach
  • 10-15 minute drive to: W.E.B. Du Bois Center; the Supreme Court & Presidential Palace
  • 15-20 minute drive to: National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Art Centre
  • 15-20 minute drive to: Ghana’s Independence Square and National Theater
  • 15-20 minute drive to: Palace of the Ga Mantse (King of Accra)

Other program sites that we will visit as a part of this program include the Royal Palace of the Asantehene - King of the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi, sites for various slave-related monuments and memories including Cape Coast and Elmina (a walk through the slave forts and castles where captured Africans were held) and the Kakum National Park-Ecotourism destination near Elmina, all of which offer opportunities for experiential learning and cultural immersion in Ghana. Visiting these sites will consist of a 1-3 day visit. Students will spend the nights in comfortable hotels. In all of these locations, students will enjoy Ghanaian cuisine and travel to a number of towns and villages to immerse themselves in Ghanaian societies and cultures.

Summer 2013 Ghana Schedule (tetative)




AAS/History 198.  Economic Development in Ghana - (3 credits, HU)

AAS/History 298. History and Culture of Ghana - (3 credits, HU)

PART I: Pre-Trip Mandatory Course Meetings

The pre-trip orientation classes/meetings (spring) will provide an overview of development and under-development in the context of the program objectives as well as Ghanaian history and diverse cultures—especially how these phenomena have shaped Ghanaian societies. Although the program focuses mainly on Ghana, students will critically re-evaluate their knowledge of Africans and distinct cultures on the African continent. Students will learn basic Akan Ghanaian vocabulary, expressions, cultural etiquette, music and dance. They will also have the opportunity to engage in 'organized' informal and social interactions with Ghanaians (when they arrive in Ghana). No prerequisite..

PART II: On-Site Course in Ghana

In Ghana, students will complete all on-site course requirements by participating in lectures and discussions on several private and public university campuses across Ghana. The cultural immersion program will allow students to share their social and educational experiences with Ghanaian students during program activities on selected university campuses and during excursions. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to engage in 'organized' informal and social interactions with Ghanaians using their basic knowledge of Akan Ghanaian vocabulary (see Part I). Course requirements and evaluation include completing assigned reading, weekly journal entries, participating in a research fair developed by students (development and under-development), developing a final individual or group project presentation based on Ghanaian history and cultures and submitting final writing assignments at the end of the program. Part of this academic and cultural exercise will give students the option to compare their knowledge of Ghana with any African country of their choice. No prerequisite.





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