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Central College

summer program: accra, ghana

History, arts & culture

Summer 2015 Dates and Fees:
Dates: June 1-30, 2016
Credits: 6; 3 history, 3 fine arts
Program Fee: TBA (2014: $3,995)

Students from all majors will benefit from this immersion experience into Ghana's famous performing arts history. Learn about the important events, formal traditions and historical and cultural issues that have shaped the performing arts in Ghana through lectures, visits to historical sites, and dance, theatre and musical performances. Discover the nationhood of Ghana and how its peoples define and articulate their shared national identity.

Students will participate in two courses, Introduction to the Living History of Ghana, and Introduction to the Performing Arts of Ghana. Both courses will include lectures as well as excursions and visits to historically and culturally significant sites such as pre-colonial castles and forts, The Ghana Arts Center and archeological sites.

Plan to meet Monday through Friday with mornings set aside for lectures at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana Legon campus. In the afternoons, visit museums, art exhibitions, and culturally significant places or events. Meet Ghanaian performing arts face to face with weekly performances at either the Ghana National Theatre, the School for the Performing Arts, or the University of Ghana Drama Studio. Attendance at theatre and dance performances will be required and students will be evaluated by quizzes, tests, research paper and a journal of visits to historical sites.

Ghana is a western African nation recently recognized by President Obama as a model of democracy and growth for the rest of the continent. Students on Central's program will make their home in Accra, the nation's capital and bustling cosmopolitan center. In addition to miles of beautiful beaches, Accra boasts a vibrant cultural life that offers both traditional and modern events. Your academic home, The University of Ghana, is the oldest and most prestigious of Ghana's public universities and has a long tradition of welcoming international students.

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms at the University of Ghana residence halls. Most meals will not be included in the program fee, but students can enjoy a variety of foods at campus cafeterias and local restaurants. Meals will be included on all excursions.

Explore historically significant sites such as the castles at Elmina and Cape-Coast. Spend a weekend in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana and the capital of the fabled Ashanti Kingdom. You'll also have the unique opportunity to visit Kakum Forest Reserve, home to one of only four tropical rain forest canopy walks in the world. A day trip to see missions in Akropong, the first cocoa farm in Ghana, a slave plantation near Abokobi and the Aburi Botanical Garden. As part of your academic focus, plan to see places of interest near Accra as well as the
city of Accra itself with its museums, art galleries and cultural celebrations, including a bread-making factory.

The four-week program fee includes:

  • Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (3 history, 3 art)
  • Housing in student dormitories
  • On-site orientation and oversight by Ghana program director
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure course
  • Cultural activities
  • Excursions
  • International Student Card
  • Internet access
  • Transcript

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2015. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Apply now
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks of acceptance).

*Airfare is not included. Dates subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program calendar.