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Drexel Grad in Ghana: Education & Development Study Tour
Accra, Ghana
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum Cumulative GPA:
 Class Eligibility:
 Type of Program:
Study Tour
 Housing Options:
Dormitory, Homestay
 Program Advisor:
Marcia Henisz
Program Description:

Drexel Grad in Ghana: Education & Development Study Tour

The Program

The Drexel Grad in Ghana Study Tour is an eleven-day intensive program that is a required component of EDUCUniversity of Ghana 775: Special Topics in Education and Development: Ghana. This course is an on-line course that will be offered in a hybrid format with a total of six weeks on-line plus the in-person study tour on location in Ghana. During the on-line portion of the course, students will learn about the the history, political economy and culture of Ghana. They will develop individualized learning projects appropriate to their field of education (policy, teacher education, leadership, literacy, special education, curriculum development, STEMs, higher education, etc.) then travel to Ghana in mid-July. Students will spend time in Accra and Cape Coast visiting important historical sites and meeting with local education and development policy-makers, educators, activists and community leaders. Students will attend university lectures, visit museums and craft villages, participate in service learning projects and be active in community events. The trip culminates in a two-night stay with a host family where students will experience daily life in a Ghanaian community. Priority acceptance for this program will go to students in Global and International Education and to other School of Education gradaute students, but is also opento students in other graduate programs at the University. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of education and development issues in Ghana through personal experience.

The Academics

Students participating in the Drexel Grad in Ghana program must be registered for EDUC 775: Special Topics in Education and Development: Ghana. This course provides an overview of development and education issues from the perspective of local K-12 educators, students, policy-actors, development specialists and community leaders. Students will be asked to consider the role that different international and local actors play in shaping Ghana’s initiatives to improve literacy, girls’ education, teacher education, study abroad opportunities and higher education. The course will be taught on-line, but will include time on-site in Ghana during which students will pursue individual research and learning projects through group lectures and activities.

Program Calendar

Summer Term: Required 3 credit course: four weeks (of a total of six) online of EDUC 775: Special Topics in Education and Development: Ghana prior to the trip with the first class beginning the week of June 23.
July 19-31: Study Tour in Ghana
Final two weeks online of EDUC 775: Special Topics in Education and Development: Ghana will take place after the trip.

Tentative Itinerary for the Study TourAburi Botanical Gardens

Saturday, July 19: Departure for Accra

Sunday, July 20: Arrival in Accra, Airport Pick-up, Settling in

Monday, July 21: Accra, Orientation, Lecture: Women & The Ghanaian Economy;  Tour: University of Ghana, Legon;  Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, July 22: Tour: Nkrumah Mausoleum; WEB Dubois Center;  Lunch at National Theater; Tour: Accra City; Discussion: Educational Challenges in Ghana: a student perspective

Wednesday, July 23-Friday, July 25: Overnight Trip to Cape Coast:  Elmina Slave Dungeon Tour; Assin Manso Slave River Tour; Group Lunch and Dinner; Visit: Global Mamas; Visit: Kakum National Park; Group Lunch; Overnight in Winneba; Visit University of Education; Lecture: Status of Ghanaian Education; Return to Accra Evening

Saturday, July 26:  Group Meeting and Journaling  Lecture:  The Role of Women and National Development; Free time;  Late afternoon: Travel to host families*

Global MamasSunday, July 27: Spend whole day with host families

Monday, July 28:  Pick-up from Host Families; Community Service: Future Leaders at Teshie; Group Lunch; Workshop: Ghanaian Music and Dance

Tuesday, July 29: Tour: Local farm Group Lunch and Lecture;
Visit: Ashesi University

Wednesday, July 30: Visit: Local Public and Private Schools;  Farewell Dinner

Thursday, July 31: AM: Experts Panel and Small Group Discussion PM: Free for Shopping; Depart for the US**

*The Homestay is tentative subject to the availability of families during the time of the visit and will be confirmed once we know the number of families needed. If students do not stay with families they will remain in the dormitory.

**Students are encouraged to consider adding to their experience by staying in Accra a few days after the official end of the program. It may be possible for students to extend their stay in the dormitory for a modest nightly fee.

Study Tour Program Fee: $2,000

Due with application: $25 application fee
Due by March 21, 2014: $500
Due by April 21, 2014: $1500

All program fee payments are only refundable if student is not accepted or program cancels due to low enrollment. Students should carefully read the Refund Policy Agreement that is included in the application.

Included in the Program Fee:
10 nights lodging in Accra and Cape Coast (double occupancy)*
Group transfer to/from the Accra airport
Welcome and Farewell Reception
Four additional group meals
Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
In-Country Travel expenses
Guided Tour & Lectures
Entrance Fees to Museums and Outings (as described in itinerary)

Expenses not included in the program fee:
Food: $200
Misc: $300
Immunizations: $350
RT Flight to Accra: $2100 (depending upon departure city)
Drexel tuition for three credits: $2445 (online tuition rate)
Passport: $140 (if needed)
Visa: $75

Application requirements

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in the program and will need to complete the online application which includes a short essay, one letter of recommendation and a $25 application fee. Additional materials will be required for all accepted students. Travel to Ghana requires a visa, and students will be resposible for obtaining their own visa for travel to Ghana. Students are also responsible for obtaining recommended immunizations for travel to Ghana. More information on the visa process and immunizations will be provided to accepted students.

Contact in School of Education:

Samantha Mercanti-Anthony

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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