African & African -American Studies

Make progress toward your degree by completing your minor and general education requirements through an exciting experience abroad in Africa, the cradle of humankind. Africa is a fascinating and fast-changing continent; spending some time there will enrich your personal and academic experience. Although a study abroad in African countries is certainly preferable as the only true first-hand experience of African cultures and societies, it is worth noting that several leading research universities in Europe offer excellent African Studies programs as well. There are also opportunities to study the African Diaspora in the Caribbean.

AA studies

Ghana

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or those looking to focus solely on an internship, have many options. Customized internships are available in a few locations through programs such as ELAP and World Endeavors 

Academic Advice

  • Students can take courses that satisfy some requirements in their AAA minor or the general education program. Be sure to begin planning at least six months in advance.
  • Students do not need to speak a foreign language in order to study in a country where English is not the official language. The African & African-American Studies program also recommends exploring several study abroad programs in English-speaking countries: Ghana, South Africa, and Botswana.
  • The African & African-American Studies program has a very strong cultural component. There is no better way to study African societies and to explore the African roots of African-American culture than by spending one or several semesters in Africa.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • African and African-American Studies minors may take courses abroad. 
  • No restrictions have been specified by the African & African-American Studies program. 
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Literature of the Slave Trade

Summer

Faculty-Led

South Africa

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Summer

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Ghana Honors

Summer

Faculty-Led

Namibia

African History, Cultures and The Environment

Summer

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Counrty

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

South Africa

ISA: Cape Town

Semester, academic year, or summer

Non-GVSU

Kenya

KEI: United States International University

Semester, academic year, or summer

Non-GVSU

Kenya

SIT: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights

Semester

Non-GVSU

Morocco

AMIDEAST: Area and Arabic Language Studies

Semester

Non-GVSU

Rwanda

SIT: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

Semester

Non-GVSU

South Africa

SIT: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Semester

Non-GVSU

Tanzania

CIEE: Community Development, Language, and Culture

Semester

Non-GVSU

South Africa

USAC: Stellenbosch

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Ghana

USAC:Ghana

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Botswana

CIEE:Botswana

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Ghana

CIEE: Ghanaian studies

Summer

Non-GVSU

Ghana

CIEE: African and Ghanaian art and history

Semester, academic year

Internship

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term

GVSU

Paris

EUSA Internship: France

Summer Internship

GVSU

Dublin

EUSA Internship: Ireland

Summer Internship

GVSU

Madrid

EUSA Internship: Spain

Summer Internship

GVSU

United Kingdom

EUSA Internship: London

Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internship

Semester or Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Semester or Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

Semester, academic year or Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC Internship

Semester Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Semester or Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Service Learning

Semester or Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors Internships

Semester or Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

Princeton in Africa 

Service Summer Program 

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information contact Department Contact below.

 

Department Contact

Louis Moore (Primary)
History Department
D-1-114 Mackinac Hall
(616)-331-2852
moorelou@gvsu.edu

Steeve Buckridge
Area Studies 
105 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8110
buckrids@gvsu.edu



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