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JMU Summer in Ghana and Internship


Accra, Ghana

Program Description

Program Portion: June 9, 2014 to July 4, 2014   (6 credits)

Internship Portion: July 7, 2014 to July 23, 2014   (3 Credits)

This is the oldest JMU Africa program and we have taken students to Ghana since 1997. We have over 18 University of Ghana faculty members present lectures, we have NGO leaders discuss their work with students, we have volunteering opportunities that also serve as internship locations for our students, and our travels are to historic and cultural sites. Our student evaluations of the program are among the best.

Location Description

Program locations include the cities of Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Elmina. Students stay at safe and well cared for hotels. Safety is number one, and parents will have access by phone and email 24/7. Our classes are held at the University of Ghana, and you can check our volunteer sites online (Glona Academy, Apam Hospital and New Horizon all in Ghana).


Program Director: David Owusu-Ansah | | History/Africana Studies
Internship Director: Melinda Adams | | Political Science


Accommodations will be provided for through hotels, with two meals per day included in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Participating faculty members for the 2014 program will include Dr. David Owusu-Ansah, Dr. Gabrielle Lanier (Chair of History Department and Director of the JMU Museum Program), and our Ghana associate is Professor Nkunu Akyea (Chair of the Board of the Ghana National Service Scheme and former Director of the Ghana Heritage Trust).

Students looking for international experience and cultural competency will be surprised

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

Contact the Director with any questions: David Owusu-Ansah | | History/Africana Studies 

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ANTH 391: Study Abroad: Anthropology Travel Study (3 credits)

ARTH 210: African Art & Culture in the Humanities (3 credits)

ARTH 312: African Art: Sub-Saharan (3 credits)

ARTH 320: Travel Study in the Art History (3 credits)

ENG 377: Introduction to African Literature (3 credits)

ENG 430: Advance Studies in Contemporary Literature

GART 200: Art in General Culture: Ghana (3 credits)

GEOG 350: Special Topics in Geography: Studies in Ghana (3 credits)

GHUM 252: Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Cultural Perspectives in Ghana (3 credits)

HIST 263: Introduction to African History (3 credits)

HIST 391: History Travel Study (3 credits)

HIST 470: Modern Africa (3 credits)

IBUS 298: Special Topics: International Business (3 credits)

POSC 371: Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3 credits)

PSYC 200: Topics in Psychology (3 credits)

REL 490: Special Topics in Religion (3 credits)

SCOM 395: Communication Studies Abroad Seminar (3 credits)

SOCI 391: Sociology Travel Study (3 credits)

SOWK 487: Special Topics in Social Work (3 credits)

THEA 303: Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

WMST 495: Women's Studies Special Topics (3 credits)

IDLS 391: Study Abroad in Ghana (3 or 6 credits)