Study Abroad Opportunity: Cape Coast, Ghana

Ghana drum circle

Literature of the Slave Trade in Ghana 
Spring/Summer Semester  
Padnos International Center Flyer (PDF)

CAPE COAST, GHANA – This study abroad program takes you to the coastal town of Cape Coast, Ghana, which provides a unique culture and geography to explore. Situated along the equator in sub-Saharan Africa, Cape Coast is located on the edge of a tropical rainforest and boasts of beautiful beaches along the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. It is a fishing community with a rich culture and deep history. Students will spend approximately 20-30 hours in a Ghanaian village school field placement, tutoring in culturally sustaining literacy practices, and leading children in a critical literacy project that examines depictions of African history and culture in children’s literature. Students will be based at the University of Cape Coast and will explore the culture and history of Ghana through experiences with traditional drumming and dancing, and excursions to various sites of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the rain forest, art markets, major metropolitan cities, as well as an African safari.

Program Highlights:

  • Teaching Ghanaian children to read in a culturally sustaining manner
  • Volunteering in Ghanaian village schools
  • Gaining deep historical knowledge in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in order to teach this topic in the American elementary curriculum
  • Learn basic Fante, take African drumming and dancing lessons, enjoy trips to the local markets, beaches, and a tropical rainforest
  • Go on an African safari and see elephants, baboons, and warthogs

Courses (students take 3-6 credits):

ENG 301: Teaching Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom
ENG 401: Languages, Literacies, and Cultures

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.
Fulfills entire General Education Issues requirement (Students must take 2 courses from 2 different disciplines).


Language of Instruction: English


Program Fee: $4,655


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 Credits) ($3,690)
  • Vaccinations ($300)
  • Personal Expenses ($250)
  • Passport fees ($200)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $7,250 (3 credits) or $9,095 (6 credits)


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad advisor can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships. 


To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G-Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Apply for this program via the GVSU Study Abroad page GHANA: TEACHING & LEARNING LITERACY, LANGUAGE, & HISTORY

Certificate of International Teaching Experience

Certificate of International Teaching Experience

Students can earn a “Certificate of International Teaching Experience” when you participate in any of the approved study abroad programs that have a school field experience in the destination country. In addition to the study abroad experience, you would enroll in PCK/EDI 315 for 1-3 credits to earn the certificate. Your study abroad director can help advise you about the appropriate process for you.

Amy Masko

Amy Masko, English
Program Director
m[email protected]

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