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.

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Academic Details

The program consists of three core course offerings: Ghana Health and Society, Ghana Today and a Service Learning/Internship 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. 

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 during the summer.. 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 stay with a host family in the area neighboring the Aya Centre. Families will provide both breakfast and dinner. You may be placed individually or with other program participants depending upon your preferences and as enrollments allow. 

During the fall semester program, you will have the choice of staying with a host family or staying with GEO students and other international students in a student hostel located at the Aya Centre. 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 hostel 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. A 24-hour security guard service is also provided. Students may share bedrooms depending upon enrollment.

Additional requirements

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

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20183/15/20184/15/20189/2/201812/15/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

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.