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  • Locations: Winneba, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Language of Study: English Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Faculty-Led, Study Abroad Student Type: Binghamton and SUNY Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, No Deviations Allowed Program Advisor:
Program Description:

 Ghana suspended bridge group 
Health, History, Culture and Religion in Ghana

General Information
Academic Features
Estimate of Costs


General Information

This program is based in Winneba, which is approximately 2 hours away from Ghana's capital city, Accra. Students will stay in a hotel close to the University of Education, Winneba.  This university is made up of 3 campuses:  North, Central and South.  Each of the campuses is about 2 miles apart; in addition, the Community Health Nurses’ Training School is about 2 miles from the campus, making it accessible to students. Students will visit all of these university locations to participate in tours and lectures.  Paramount Chief of the Efufu Traditional area, Neenyi Ghartey VII, will serve as the on-site coordinator of program activities, with the help of an assistant.  Under the auspices of the king, students would not only have access to various traditional sites in the Effutu Municipality, but also more interaction with the community as guests of the king, further enhancing their overall experience. 
Students will visit Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, National Forest and Central Region House of Chiefs building to observe how paramount chiefs in the Central Region deliberate on royal matters of common interests. Also, students will experience various traditional music and dance, such as Fontonfrom (Royal); Asafo (martial); Adowa (all female musical group); Bossu, and many others at the communities of Mprumem and Winneba and the University of Education at Winneba. Students will also visit various community organizations and participate in relevant research activities. 

Students will likely stay at the Windy Lodge Hotel in Winneba. 

The Faculty Director of this program is Professor Moulay Ali Bouânani, who is also the instructor of the course component. The Co-Faculty Director who will join Professor Bouânani for the on-site portion of the program is Professor Anthony Ephirim-Donkor.

Academic Features

Students will receive 6 credits for AFST 480A for participation in this program. Credit is also going to be available through Human Development (HDEV 480L) and Anthropology (ANTH 480U). If you would like to receive credit from a department other than those three, you may consult with an adviser in any related department to inquire about credit that may be more beneficial to you. 

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about the history and cultural traditions of Ghana. Students would be active participants in the dynamics of arts, music, dance and culture in Ghana. In addition, students will learn about local efforts to improve health and well-being of people through traditional healing practices, community healthcare workers and nurses, religious pluralism, and ways in which local resources are maximized for sustainable communities against the backdrop of the history of slavery and colonization and the changing dynamics of globalization. Readings, discussions and assignments will introduce students to concepts of cultural/traditional governance and history—with emphasis paid to the history and culture of the people of Simpa (Awutu/Effutu) in Ghana. We also explore religious and health challenges by engaging and creating partnerships with local practitioners for sustainable communities.

In preparation for the study abroad trip to Ghana, this course will contribute to students’ understanding of history, traditional governance, and religious and health issues. We will discuss the role of monarchies (kings, chiefs, and governing councils) since colonization and their current role in the age of globalization as repositories and guidance of tradition. We will examine the relationship between current monarchies and democratic governments, and the implication of this relationship on communities. Key questions, as what are the issues facing current monarchies vis-à-vis central government? How is local authority and centralized power negotiated between government and traditional rulers? Furthermore, we will examine religious pluralization and how Christians and Muslims coexist harmoniously. We will also observe the roles of traditional healthcare practitioners relative to public healthcare. 
In addition, this course is designed to help students develop skills (e.g. basics of conducting qualitative research in a global context) and knowledge that will allow one to get the most out of the trip, but also prepare students for future careers. We will discuss practical aspects of international travel, preparation tips, and cultural awareness. We will also discuss ways to increase your learning experience during the semester in the course, while on the trip and when students return home. 


Coursework Credits
This is a 6-credit course: 2-credits worth of course work in preparation for the trip; 2-credits for the actual study abroad trip, and 2 credits for the post-trip course work and reflection. Readings will be assigned via Blackboard and students are required to be present in class for the pre-trip and post-trip coursework.
The class will meet in person on the dates listed below for a total of 15 contact hours. Students will be required to complete readings and individual assignments (estimated at 15-20 hours of work).
On-Site in Ghana:
The on site program dates for summer 2017 will be posted shortly.
The four weeks in Ghana will include visits with University of Education, Winneba, the House of Chiefs, historical sites, and local communities in collaboration with the Community Health Nurses Training School.
Students will be required to participate in-class debriefing and reflection exercises, and to prepare a final paper and/or presentation linking their experience in Ghana with readings and course concepts. 


Estimate of Costs

Check back soon for program costs for the next time we will operate this program. 
Cost for accommodation, transportation, tours/activities, and most meals while on site as well as administration at Binghamton and administration in Ghana are all included in the program fee.

Financial Aid: Since this summer program is 6 credits, students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.

Scholarships: students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship as well as others, visit our Scholarships page. 


Undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.5 or above may apply. Students with a lower GPA may inquire for permission to apply. The application requires answers to some basic information, a brief essay statement, one academic reference, and permission for your academic transcript to be reviewed. 

VISA: U.S. Citizens are required to obtain a tourist visa as well as evidence of yellow fever vaccination for entrance into Ghana.

More information:
And where to find the Visa application and and directions:

Students participating in the program will be expected to apply for their Visa by March 20th, as a two month period between application and travel is recommended.
If you are not a U.S. Citizen you must consult with program adviser, Kerry Stamp immediately about the visa rules that may apply to you. 

HEALTH: For entry into Ghana, students will require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. Furthermore, all participants will be required to follow these guidelines as outlined by the CDC. Please review that information carefully.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.