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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Damongo, Ghana; Elmina, Ghana; Ho, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description


Video Credits: Cammie Behnke - WT Ghana West African History & Culture '17


This course will integrate classes by Ghanaian university faculty and professionals with visits to fascinating sites throughout the country. Students will learn about the powerful Asante state, the tragic Atlantic slave trade, Ghana’s contemporary history and the challenges facing Africa today. You might discuss African politics with a Ghanaian professor one day, and on another learn about rural life through a family visit in the village of Sokode. Our travels will include African markets, craft centers, museums, castles, beaches, a festival, a tropical rainforest and a savannah game park. The course contains a service component, as the class has actively assisted with Ghanaian development projects, especially in the Volta Region.

Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization or Society requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 147

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting time, date and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Thursdays from 05:30-07:10 PM. Location TBA.


Additional Course Information

This course will integrate classes with Ghanaian university faculty and visits to fascinating sites throughout the country. At the outset of the class, we will travel to the beautiful Volta region. There, family visits in the rural community of Sokode will provide students with opportunities to learn about people's daily lives and concerns. Returning to Accra, students will become familiar with Ghana's lively capital and its surrounding area.

On a longer journey, we will travel to Kumasi in the heart of the Asante country: a storied city with an energetic central market. Continuing north, we will visit Mole Game Reserve and marvel at elephants while hiking through the bush. We will also visit distinctive northern communities, revealing Ghana's diversity. On our return we will travel along the coast to the castles of Elmina and Cape Coast and walk across rope bridges above the rain forest at Kakum. 

Beyond planned excursions and class discussions, there will be time for purchasing African crafts and clothes, listening and dancing to African music, playing football (soccer), and relaxing on the beach. Indeed, some of your best experiences may be trying Ghanaian food, a hike, or conversations along the way.  You will learn about Ghanaian culture, but most students go further, questioning some of their own values and assumptions and recognizing a shared sense of humanity with people whose lives are far different from theirs.

The class offers rewarding opportunities to assist Ghanaians with development projects. We have collected supplies for schools and textbooks for Ghanaian universities. The Friends of Ghana, a class-based student initiative, has raised funds to assist Sokode with school construction, student scholarships, and a Heifer International livestock improvement project. We also have worked with Ho Polytechnic, a local technical school, to introduce labor-saving farm machinery.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.

students in Ghana



Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 3 - January 23, 2019. 
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is Washington DC (IAD). 
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



We will use Ghana's capital, Accra, as our base. Beyond the sites and life of the city our travels will take us to the following places and activities:

Volta Region
• Family visits in the rural community of Sokode
• Watch Kente weavers
• Participate in traditional reception and festivities in Sokode?
Hike to scenic Wli falls

• Manhyia Palace, museum and residence of the Asante King
• Gain new insights about African challenges at the Crops Research Institute
• Visit the vibrant Central Market

• Mole Game Reserve, Ghana's largest wildlife reserve
• Experience Northern Ghanaian life in the rural village of Mognori
• Play a friendly game of soccer

• Castles of Cape Coast and Elmina, which played an important role in the tragic Atlantic slave trade
• A tropical rain forest
• Beautiful beach accommodations

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Brian Digre
Professor of History
CB 2335, Lindner 112-I

Program Leader 2: Mussa Idris
Professor of Anthropology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 209D
2035 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)



Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

I think that, if they can, every student should study abroad at least once. It's one thing to learn about something in a classroom, but you learn so much more by actually experiencing it. Studying abroad and learning about different cultures also challenges your perspective and might change your thoughts about something.
     — Natalie Brown, Winter 2014
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/03/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.