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JMU Summer in Ghana and Internship


Accra, Ghana

Program Description

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
Co-Director: Lamont King | | History
Internships: Aderonke Adesanya | | Art History


Participating faculty members for the 2015 program will include Dr. Aderonke Adesanya, 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 well supported through this program.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

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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

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

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

HUM 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)

IDLS 391: Study Abroad

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)

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

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.