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  • Accra, GHANA

    Live What You Learn
  • Language Requirement: None
  • Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above

TermYearPriority DeadlineApp/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester 2015 04/01/2015 06/01/2015 08/30/2015 12/12/2015 
Spring Semester 2016 09/01/2015 11/01/2015 01/24/2016 05/07/2016

*Complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.

Inside the Program

This program is designed for students interested in studying global health and development issues in Africa. Students on this program will take courses examining health and development in Ghana, contemporary issues facing Ghanaian society and Twi (Ghana's most commonly spoken language). Students will also be engaged in a service learning/internship experience with community based institutions in fields related to health, environment, education, youth, gender and various other areas related to development. Students with career aspirations in the field of community and international development, social work and health-related occupations will benefit from this program.

Credit Explanation / Academic Details

Students are required to enroll in the Ghana Health and Society, Ghana Today and Modern Twi courses in addition to the Service Learning/Internship Experience seminar and placement. In fall 2014, a tropical disease course will be offered by Dr. Janis Weeks, professor of biology at the University of Oregon.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information, in particular, how many contact hours are required for internship or service learning credit.

All classes take place at the Aya Centre and are designed exclusively for students in the AHA Ghana program.

Housing Description

While in Accra, you will stay with AHA and other international students in one of two student hostels at the Aya Centre or with a host family in the neighboring area. The Aya Centre is located approximately three blocks from the University of Ghana in East Legon, a quiet residential neighborhood located in Greater Accra. Both hostels is completely furnished, equipped with a kitchen (including basic cooking facilities and utensils), a dining room, a large living room, a small patio and a large compound. A 24-hour security guard service is also provided. Students may share bedrooms depending upon enrollment.

Internship / Service Learning Details

Participate in service learning opportunities at community based institutions in fields related to health, environment, education, youth, gender and other areas related to development in Ghana. Each service learning/internship experience is designed to complement the global health and development emphasis of the program. Examples of possible placements include:

  • Shadowing health practitioners at local clinics or hospitals
  • Engaging in research projects at community and university based institutes
  • Assisting with HIV/AIDS public health awareness campaigns
  • Developing community awareness of environmental protection issues
  • Teaching at local primary schools or orphanages
  • Assisting with community development and gender and human rights projects

Potential placement organizations may include: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Gloria’s Health Clinic, Green Advocacy, Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment, Teshie Orphanage, Nadat School, Gafa Microfinance Company, Autism Centre, and Accra Daily Mail

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