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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; cape coast, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Credit Offered: UC Credit
Registration Term: Spring Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Vanessa Allen-Brown
Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

This is a service learning project that will take place in the Republic of Ghana. It is a faculty led course that  provides opportunities for students to learn about global citizenship through service learning. In class activities include guest speakers from the country or those who have traveled to Ghana, readings and discussion on topics related to the country, including: History and Politics, Social and Cultural Understandings, Sustainability and Environmental issues, Health and Wellness Issues, and Education.

During spring break, students will travel to the Republic of Ghana and engage in different cultural experiences highlighting their classroom instructions. They will learn through observation, dialogue with local community members, and engage in a variety of community service initiatives. This experience will allow students to reflect upon their personal beliefs and experiences, while working closely with local organizations, schools, and students from local universities, including the University of Cape Coast, potential partners of the University of Cincinnati. 

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The Republic of Ghana is a West African country, bordered on the north by Burkina Faso, on the east by Togo, the west by Côte d'Ivoire on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana became the first black nation in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence from colonial rule, March 6, 1957, under the dynamic leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. The country of Ghana boast of a population that includes 75 different ethnic groups.

The majority of the population lives in the southern half of the country. Accra, on the Gulf of Guinea, is the capital and largest city of Ghana. Accra is an important commercial, manufacturing, and communications center. The coastal areas are the most densely populated parts of the country encompassing the Ashanti region, and the two principal cities, Accra and Kumasi. Ghana is an extraordinary beautiful country with landscapes that include plains, waterfalls, low hills, rivers, Lake Volta, the world's largest artificial lake, Dodi Island and Bobowasi Island on the south Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana.

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Who Can Participate?

 Undergraduate and Graduate students.

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Academic Program and Course Information

This course will provide opportunities for students to learn about global citizenship through service learning. Students will travel to The Republic of Ghana and engage in different cultural experiences. They will learn through observation, dialogue with local community members, and engage in a variety of community service initiatives. Students will be challenged to reflect upon their personal beliefs and experiences. They will work closely with the local organizations in the major cities.

All students in this program are required to enroll in EDST 18-4089-001 Directed Study: A Service Learning Experience.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Vanessa Allen-Brown is a faculty member in the school of education and have had the privilege of traveling with students to Tanzania, Ethiopia,and Botswana, Morocco, to name a few. I look forward to meeting you and engaging in unique cultural experiences.

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Living Arrangements

 Student will be living in modest hotels in each city. Depending on the number, most of the arrangements are double occupancy.

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Getting There


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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: TBD
Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $TBD UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Vanessa Allen-Brown

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This program is currently not accepting applications.