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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
01/25/2019 05/09/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
08/23/2019 12/05/2019

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted by: SIT Ghana: Africa in the 21st Century

*This program will begin in Spring 2018*

Academic Focus:
Students examine Ghana's social, economic, and political features through contextual lectures that provide the necessary foundation to understanding the country and region as a whole, while location-specific seminars reveal the importance of understanding local circumstances. Students will engage with Africa’s present social and political realities through an interdisciplinary approach. Topic areas covered include:
  • The ways in which Africa is represented in mainstream discourse New and emerging technologies in Ghana and how they are impacting Ghana’s social landscapes Technologies such as social media and money apps, solar energy, and rural and urban water supply systems
  • The impact of new technologies on livelihoods in rural vs. urban Ghana
  • Processes that are simultaneously facilitating and inhibiting technological application
  • How class structure in Ghana is changing and the processes that are driving this change
  • How changing class structure is transforming Accra’s spatial formations and use of public space
  • Changing gender relations and the status of women
  • The ways in which contemporary global power relations are implicated in constructing discourses of despair about Africa and elsewhere

The program is based in Ghana's capital, Accra, a cosmopolitan city of nearly three million people. Accra is the political and economic heart of Ghana, and home to cutting-edge, forward-thinking visual and performing arts circles. Ghana is a country still very much influenced by its colonial history, as evidenced by the country's current institutions.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: late August/early September to mid-December
Spring: mid January to mid May

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum 3.0 GPA*; good academic standing. A prerequisite for the program is either an AFS or AAS course with significant African content.

*Students with a GPA below 3.0 are encouraged to apply to this program. Please meet with an Emory College Study Abroad Advisor for more information. The petition waiver process is described in the GPA Waiver Process

Course Information:
Students are enrolled in 16 credits. Classes will transfer back with credits and grades.
Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Ghana

Africa in a Globalizing World: Technology and Social Realities in Ghana
Contemporary Africa Re-Represented: Perspectives from Ghana
Intensive Language Study Twi (Asante)
Research Methods and Ethics
Independent Study Project OR Internship

Living Arrangements:
The home stay be with local families in Accra. Other accommodations include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring, Fall).

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: the Gilman Scholarship, the NSEP Boren Scholarship, Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), and others. For more information, please see Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, Research & Service.

Program Resources:  For more information on Emory University's Structured Independent Language Study Program (SILS) please click here: SILS.

Contacts: Kate Dawson, Emory College Study Abroad Advisor:

This program is currently not accepting applications.