Study Abroad Opportunity: Cape Coast, Ghana

Study Abroad in Ghana

Literature of the Slave Trade in Ghana 
Spring/Summer Semester  
Padnos International Center Flyer (PDF)
English Department Flyer (PDF)
Explanation of Programs and Credits  (PDF)

This study abroad program is open to all majors (2.5 GPA requirement) and led by GVSU faculty. Following in the tradition of excellence, Grand Valley State University offers you an exciting program in Cape Coast, Ghana. Immersion into the country begins before we leave the US in our orientations and continues when we arrive in the nation known on the international stage as the first colony to gain independence from Britain in 1957. From the tomb of "Osagyefo" Kwame Nkrumah to the art markets at the city center, students will find themselves surrounded by diverse culture as Ghana is divided into some 75 ethnic groups.

The principal objective for this course sequence is to give students an in-depth look at the historical context for African American literature of slavery and freedom. Based at the University of Cape Coast, students will expand their knowledge both in the classroom as well as beyond where they will experience traditional Ghanaian music, participate in excursions to Assin Manso, Cape Coast Castle and Fort William. The sun rays emanate from the people who are always warm and welcoming to visitors.

In addition to offering 6 credits, this program has a service-learning component in which students will spend a minimum of 12-16 hours total in schools or literacy NGOs, sharing children's literature of the African diaspora and learning how literature is used in Ghanaian classrooms.

Program participants will receive a total of 6 credits:
ENG 231: Early African American Literature (3 Credits)
This course fulfills the World Perspectives and Philosophy and Literature General Education requirement.
ENG 334: Multicultural Childrens Literature (3 Credits)

Dates and Deadlines
The tentative dates for this program are mid-June to mid-July. Program participants will stay in housing provided at the University of Cape Coast and in hotels during their stay in Accra. A complete application must be submitted to the Padnos International Center by early February. We are happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

The approximate cost of the program is $4,628.00, which includes round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids, accommodations, all meals, field trips and entrance fees, and all ground transportation. Additional costs include:

  • GVSU tuition (6 credits, $2,646.00)
  • Vaccination fees ($300.00)
  • Personal expenses ($500.00)
  • passport fee ($140.00), visa ($60.00) 
  • ISIC card ($28.00).

Total projected cost: $8,302.00. Fee subject to adjustments based on actual exchange rates and international airfare.

Financial Aid and Grants
Participants earning at least six (6) credits during the spring/summer semesters can apply their GVSU financial aid award toward study abroad program costs. Grants are available for faculty-led participants. All degree-seeking students accepted into a GVSU faculty-led program are automatically considered for the grant if they have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. No application required.

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU Students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home schools study abroad and financial aid office for details on applying financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application. Completed applications must be submitted by early February. Non-GVSU student should visit for detailed application instructions. All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.


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