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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 03/26/2018 04/10/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led ICA GPA minimum: 2.5
Class Standing: 1.Freshman, 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:

Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Accra, Ghana
When Offered: January 3, 2018 through January 22, 2018 (Tentative)

Faculty Leader(s): Cass Freedland ( and Lindsay Johnson (

Program Overview

West Africa’s rich and deep cultural traditions have persisted through centuries of colonization, strife, governmental corruption, and other, often extreme hardships. This three-week course is your opportunity to experience firsthand the enduring and changing West African culture through intensive interdisciplinary study of Ghana’ and Benin’s customs, social institutions, and arts. This course involves extensive travel throughout West Africa, including lectures on West African religion, history, and art. You’ll go on field excursions to meet artists, see theatrical and dance performances, visit cultural museums, and take intensive classes in West African drumming, dance, and more. As a complement to your experience, you will also live for part of the time with a family in Cape Coast, Ghana.

"History, Society, and Culture in West Africa" includes a seven-week preliminary course during the fall semester prior to the West Africa program and a seven-week follow-up course during the following spring semester.

Download the brochure information with its program cost(s) here: 2018 Winter Ghana Program Information Flyer.docx
Download the information session flyer for this program here: 2018 Winter ICA Ghana Information Session Flyer.pdf

Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit
Students with a 2.5 or higher GPA can apply for this program. You must be in good academic standing in all courses. Students will receive 1 credit for a pre-departure course taught during the last seven weeks of the Fall 2017 semester. Students will receive 3 credits for the three-week intensive course in Ghana. Students will obtain a total of 4 credits. Interviews will be required as part of the application process.

Application and Study Abroad Deadlines 
March 24, 2017: Application & 50 application fee due
May 5, 2017: $500 non-refundable deposit is due
September 22, 2017: Final payment due

Program Costs

The tentative cost of the program is $4,800. This fee includes lodging, most meals, international airfare, transportation within the host country, as well as, lectures, airport pickup and insurance. This  information is accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change.

Financial Aid
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships via separate application here. Students who qualify for the voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of the program. Students entering Goucher beginning in Fall 2014 may apply for a Goucher Global Grant in lieu of the study abroad voucher.

Passport and Visa Information

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Please apply for a passport as soon as possible a