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Ghana Beat: Business, Politics, Tradition, & Change
Cape Coast, Ghana; kumasi, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: BW applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2019 05/30/2019
NOTE: Program includes Spring 2019 full semester courses (taking place on Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:45pm). plus May-Term travel. All GhanaBeat course credit counts towards Spring 2019. More specific course details are included in the online application.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Program Description:

Ghana Beat: Business, Politics, Tradition & Change
Spring 2019


About the Program
Experience the dynamic life of Ghana, a place of change and tradition. Ghana Beat is a 3-week journey exploring the culture, business, and politics of Ghana. The program includes visits to Kumasi, the ancient seat of the Ashanti Kingdom; the Elmina slave castle; the elephants of Mole National park.
Students choose to earn four credits in either Business or Political Science. Classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm during full semester of spring 2019.
Earn 4 total credits in:
BUS OR POL 263IE     Seminar: Ghana Beat     4 credits 

Participation in this program will:
  • Fulfill the  International Studies Core Requirement
  • Complete the Experiential Learning Requirement (EXP)
  • Fulfill one section of the Africana Studies Minor
  • Fulfills the general elective requirement for Political Science Majors
*Note: if you go over 18 credit hours (including these 4 hours) for Spring 2019, you will be charged the overload credits fees
Program Leaders:     
Dr. Christian Nsiah, (BUS)
Dr. Tom Sutton (POL)  
Tentative Itinerary
Travel Portion: May 7-May 27

May 6-8 (Accra)                  Arrive in Accra
                                           Tour the capital of Ghana
                                           Visit the W.E.B. DuBois Home
May 9-13 (Kumasi)             Tour the Manhyia Palace and visit the Market
                                            Participate in a Drumming Lesson

May 14-16 (Cape Coast)    Tour the Elmina Slave Castle
                                            Visit the University of Cape Coast
                                            Explore the Posuban Shrines, Ft. San Jago and fishing lagoon in central Elmina

May 17-20 (Tamale)           Visit the Mole National Park Ft. elephants
                                           Visit the traditional Muslim Village

May 21-23 (Volta Region)  Explore the Wli Waterfalls
                                           Visit Mona monkey sanctuary at Tafi Atome
                                           Visit the Akocombo Dam & Lake Volta

May 24-25 (Accra)             Visit the university's facilities
                                           Tour and Visit Businesses
                                           Tour the Parliament

May 26                                Return to the U.S.

Program Cost and Fees
Program Fee: *$4,700
*Cost is subject to change and will be finalized Fall 2018. See Study Abroad for specifics including financial aid. 
Includes travel, lodging, events, and some meals
$300 non-refundable deposit will secure your space in the program
Full Time Students: The 4-hours of tuition will be counted toward the Spring 2019 semester.
Part-Time Students: Will be charged the tuition costs for 4 credit hours.
See Study Abroad for more details.
What’s included?
Tuition, flight, housing, land transportation, some meals, visa, admission fees, tours.
What’s not included?
Passport, spending money, some meals, vaccinations.
Based on financial need additional financial aid may be available.
* Given changing dollar exchange rates, BW reserves the right to make adjustments to the itinerary and program costs as needed.
Prior language study or course-work NOT required
Required – 2.5 GPA, clear student conduct record, must have completed 1 semester at BW to be eligible to apply
Final admittance is subject to faculty leader approval after interviews have been conducted. (note: not all students will be invited for an interview)
Application Process
Before you are accepted in a Study Abroad program, Explorations/Study Abroad will verify that you meet the following requirements:
  • You meet the minimum GPA required for the program you have selected.
  • You have not had any student conduct violations within the past 12 months (we will verify this with the student conduct office). 
  • You have completed at least 1 semester at BW.
  1. Click the  "Apply Now" button.
  2. Login using your BW user name and password.
  3. Read and complete the list of application requirements.
  4. Complete the Interest Statement:
    1. Open this section on your application portal
    2. Answer the questions.
    3. Copy and paste your answers in a word document 
    4. Email your word document to your academic advisor. Your advisor will need to review your responses prior to completing the Advisor Recommendation (outlined below). 
  5. Request your Electronic Academic Advisor Recommendation:
    1. Open this section on your application portal.
    2. Search for your advisor by name
    3. Click send.
    4. Your advisor will receive an email letting them know they need to login to the Study Abroad website to complete a recommendation form. 
  6. Upload a profile photo
  7. Read the Academic Expectations- open on your application portal and electronically sign
  8. Read the Risk and Requirements Form- open on your application portal and electronically sign
  9. Faculty Interview- Once the above items are complete, the faculty will be in touch to schedule an interview. Final admittance will be determined by the faculty leaders. *Please note, not all applicants will be invited to interview. 
If you are accepted in the program, you will be notified via email from the Study Abroad Office. You will need to login to your BW Study Abroad Application Portal to access Part 2 of the application. You will need to commit to participating and submit a $300 non-refundable deposit (details on how to submit the deposit will be outlined on your application portal). This deposit will reserve your space in the program. The remainder of the documents on Part 2 are due by your programs application deadline. 

If you decide to cancel your application after committing, your deposit will be forfeited and you may be subject to an additional $300 cancellation fee. Details regarding this are outlined in the Statement of Responsibility and Waiver of Liability.pdf

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