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Winter 2019: Ghana POSC - micro
January 13, 2019 - February 01, 2019
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/14/2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM120 Sharp Lab
03/21/2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM120 Sharp Lab
04/05/2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM116 Sharp Lab
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/02/2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM316 Gore
10/31/2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMGore 218
11/26/2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PMSmith Hall Rm. 341
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/11/2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMStudent Health Services, conference room
10/17/2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMStudent Health Services, conference room
Program Notes
Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program..
Program Description

Study politics and society in Ghana, an emerging democracy in West Africa. Students will enjoy a remarkable history and rich culture, a vibrant literary and arts scene, active social media presence, delicious cuisine, political and social activism, education and entrepreneurialsm and more.

Based in the capital city Accra, the seat of government and home to four million people, we will visit universities, museums and galleries, cultural centers and heritage sites, markets and malls, startups, beachfront attractions and more. In addition to visiting sites in and around Accra, we will travel to Cape Coast and Elmina where you will learn about aspects of pre-colonial West Africa and the transatlantic slave trade; in a visit to Kumasi you will learn about Ghana's Ashanti kingdom and the enduring power of ethnic allegiances and traditional practices. In visits to Koforidua and Shai Hills you will sample thriving trades in beads and shea butter, among others.

In Accra, students will reside in double rooms in an Osu hotel just off the famous Oxford Street, walking and uber distance from the sites and sounds of Accra. During excursions students will also stay in double rooms in hotels, with meals provided for most of our stay.

Whether you are interested in the politics of a new democracy, West African culture, historical sites in Cape Coast, Kumasi or Accra, this winter micromester program in Ghana will change your life as you connect with an essential part of our own history and experience the hopes and aspirations of life in a 21st century cosmopolitan African state and cities.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related excursions, some meals (breakfast and dinner) and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in hotels (double rooms) and are responsible for the remainder of their meals.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Ghana, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Accra. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

Students should budget approximately $60 for a visa to Ghana as well as $350 for recommended yellow fever immunizations and malaria medication. Additional details will be provided after acceptances are announced.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
POSC 441: Contemporary Politics by Country (3 credits)
This study abroad offers the opportunity to learn about politics and society in one West African country, Ghana, firsthand. Students will learn from Ghanaian activists, entrepreneurs, academics, political figures, artists, about different aspects of Ghanaian politics and society. In addition, they will have the benefit of being able to visit the cultural and historical sites relevant to the politics and history that they will read in assigned readings. Through social media they will be able to educate others not able to participate in the study abroad program as well as deepen contacts with Ghanaians. Cross-listed with AFRA 467.
UNIV 370-195: Study Abroad - Ghana POSC/AFRA micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged as acceptances may be made on a rolling basis and the program may fill before the application deadline.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,100.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,530.00$4,110.00
Final Program Fee$2,300.00$2,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$3,860.00$6,440.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,100.00$1,100.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2018
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 26, 2018
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Gretchen Bauer
Faculty Director
Political Science and Intl Relations
461 Smith Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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