Program Overview

This program is ideal for students interested in studying global health and development issues in Africa. On this program, you will take courses examining health and development in Ghana, as well as contemporary issues facing Ghanaian society. As a complement to your coursework, you will be placed in a hands-on service learning experience at a local community organization, healthcare service provider, or research institute. You will also receive an introduction to Modern Twi (Ghana's most commonly spoken language), through your on-site orientation. If you have career aspirations in the field of community and international development, social work and health-related occupations, you will greatly benefit from this program.

Additional requirements

Fall and summer students will need to obtain a visa. Please contact Lacey Johnson for further details: lej@uoregon.edu.

Academic Details

The program consists of three core course offerings: Ghana Health and Society, Ghana Today and a Service Learning seminar and placement. A wide variety of service learning placements in the fields of health, education, environmental issues and development are available and are matched to your specific interests. Fall semester students will also have the option to choose between a Cultural Psychology course and an Epidemiology course. University of Oregon Biology faculty member Janis Weeks will teach a Tropical Diseases: Ghana course during the summer session.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information, in particular, how many contact hours are required for internship or service learning credit. All classes take place at the Aya Centre and are designed exclusively for students in the GEO Ghana program.

Faculty and Staff

Janis Weeks, PhD, is a professor of biology at the University of Oregon and member of the African Studies Program and teaches the Tropical Disease: Ghana seminar in Accra. She has been involved in building research and education capacity in Africa for nearly 20 years. Her research focuses on technologies for discovering new drugs against devastating worm infections in humans, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Weeks' undergraduate courses at UO on infectious and parasitic diseases in Africa have been recognized by a Biology Teaching Award and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.

Housing Description

During the summer program, you will be placed with a local host family. Host families will provide you with breakfast and dinner, a private room with study area and light laundry. During the fall program you will have the option of staying at the Aya Center house or with a host family. The Aya Centre is located approximately three blocks from the University of Ghana in East Legon, a quiet residential neighborhood located in Greater Accra. The Aya Center House is completely furnished, equipped with a kitchen (including basic cooking facilities and utensils), a dining room, a large living room, a small patio and a large compound. Most of the rooms are double- or triple-occupancy. Each room has a private bath and ceiling fan. A 24-hour security guard service is also provided. If you choose to stay with a host family during the fall program, you will be charged a host family supplement to cover your meals while abroad. All accommodations are included during excursions.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20182/15/20183/15/20186/27/20188/11/2018
Fall Semester20183/15/20184/15/20189/2/201812/15/2018

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.