Duke in Ghana
6-week Summer Ghanaian Culture and Arts Program
Duke in Ghana will be on hiatus for Summer 2019. Please check back for updates about when the program will be offered next.
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Located on the west coast of Africa, Ghana is a culturally and geographically diverse country with rich artistic traditions and a complex history of intercontinental trade (in gold, slaves, and cocoa), British colonialism, and Pan-African nationalist social movements. Heralded as a political and economic success story upon its independence in 1957, democratic Ghana has since faced the challenges and undergone the hardships of a developing country on the poorest continent. Ghanaians are gracious, generous, and immediately likeable people who, upon more extended acquaintance, reveal complex and interesting differences from Americans.
The program is based at the University of Ghana at Legon, just outside the capital city, Accra. Courses are taught by the program director and Ghanaian faculty and focus on Ghanaian politics, history, social life, dance, music, and art. Field trips complement course work.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Accra, Ghana
Application Deadline: Extended to March 15, 2018
Academic Theme(s): Culture and Music of Ghana
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: No prerequisites. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Housing: Homestay & Residence Hall
GEO Advisor: Abigail Grubbs
Student overlooking University of Ghana – Legon campus
Duke student with homestay family
Exploring a cave in Ghana
On the coast of Ghana
Students at meal time on Duke in Ghana
Attending a guest lecture & presentation
Buying beads at the market
Duke in Ghana students on a guided tour
Stamping kente cloth
Students will enroll in two courses, each worth one Duke course credit. One course will focus on music in media in Ghana, while the other will be a comprehensive introduction to Ghanaian culture and politics. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course.
AAAS / CULANTH / MUSIC 290A
Music, Media, and Sound in Accra
(ALP, SS, CCI) 1.0 credit
Instructor: Louise Meintjes
What can we learn from listening to Accra? In exploring the acoustic dimensions of built and ecological environments (streets, hospitals, garages, neighborhoods), performance spaces (clubs, concerts, festivals, churches), and sound technologies (stethoscopes, sirens, boomboxes, loudspeakers, mobile phones), the way we listen and respond to our world will emerge as acutely tied to politics, history and technological mediation. In addition to studying how sound makes Accra, and the city makes sound, we will pay attention to the representation of public life in sound. How do musicians, as well as other performers, artists, activists, workers, and citizens respond via sound to life in Accra, and Ghana at large?
AAAS 290A / CULANTH 290A
Ghana: Culture and Politics
(CZ, CCI) 1.0 credit
A comprehensive introduction to Ghana, this course focuses on cultural, social, economic, and political facets of Ghanaian life. Topics include the ethnic and language groups of Ghana, pre-colonial life, the slave trade, chieftancy, and traditional rule in Ghana, Ashanti Empire, the evolution of modern Ghana, the politics of Ghana since independence, contemporary social structure, land and economic development, traditional and modern music, oral and written West African literature, the role of women in African development, education and development, traditional and modern Ghanaian religions, current economic policy, and the Twi language (the most widely spoken in southern Ghana).
Taught by various Ghanaian faculty, this course may count toward the Cultural Anthropology or African and African-American Studies major.
Students travel as a group through various parts of the country, crossing from rainforest to dry savannah, visiting cities, coastal fishing towns, and rural farming villages. Students also tour and learn about the former slave forts at Cape Coast and Elmina and museums and craft villages in and around Kumasi, capital of the former Ashanti Empire.
Depending upon their interests and individual research projects, students have the opportunity to take regular dance and drumming classes; attend live performances and a traditional festival; visit markets, schools, museums, waterfalls, a monkey reserve, a prayer mountain, a traditional herbalist, a chief’s palace, cocoa and textile factories, social service projects, the Volta River Hydroelectric Dam, Mole National Park (a game reserve), and more.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students will stay in Ghanaian homes, two students to a home stay. The group will leave Accra for one extended trip and several shorter ones in a program bus. While traveling, students will stay in a variety of hotels and guest houses. Students will also have time to travel on their own or in smaller groups.
Breakfast is included with home stays, but students are responsible for other meals. If you have dietary restrictions, please speak with the faculty director and/or Global Education staff to discuss options while in Ghana.
It is important to note that homestays often experience power and wifi outages. Students should be adaptable, flexible, and open in order to adjust to this different culture, experience, and standard of living.
These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
Explanation of Costs
Included in Program Fee
- International SOS coverage
- Some meals
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
Not Included in Program Fee
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- Local transportation
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Visa and/or residency permit
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
- Textbooks and class materials
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a tourist visa for this program. Visa cost estimates shown in 'Other Costs' link above are based on U.S. citizenship status. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to research the cost of obtaining a visa for Ghana.
If you receive financial aid, and need assistance with travel costs to a consulate or embassy, please contact your financial aid counselor.
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
- Arrival: TBD
- Departure: TBD
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.
PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION
All participants must have a valid passport. For instructions, you can go the State Department website.
Important! You are required to have a visa for the Duke in Ghana summer program. Certification of yellow fever immunization is required for visa application. Application forms and instructions will be given to enrolled students in the spring from the program director. Non U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.
An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional for this program. Students may purchase this card for $25 through the ISIC website. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. Please order your card well in advance of your departure.
FACULTY & STAFF
The program director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.
Deadline: Extended to March 15, 2018
This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early.
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd:
- Online application.
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate.
- One academic letter of recommendation.