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.

African/African American Studies Study Abroad Programs

AA studies

Ghana

Academic Advice

First Year Students

The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.
Students may fulfill General Education Foundations and/or Issues requirements abroad.

Sophomore & Upperclassmen Students

  • No restrictions have been specified by the African & African-American Studies program. 
     
  • 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!
  • 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 
     
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program to be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months before departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and External 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 can fulfill the General Education Foundation requirements abroad as well as their General Education Issues requirement (reflection paper required). If you take at least 3 credits abroad, your Global Perspectives General Education requirement will automatically be fulfilled.

Scholarship Opportunities

Brooks College Scholarship for Study Abroad

Explore more scholarship opportunities through our scholarship page 

Program Suggestions

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

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Ghana Honors

   

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Literature of the Slave Trade

   

Faculty-Led

Namibia

African History, Cultures and The Environment

   

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

 

External Programs

Program Type

Counrty

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

External

South Africa

ISA: Cape Town

External

Kenya

KEI: United States International University

External

Kenya

SIT: Health and Human Rights

   

External

Rwanda

SIT: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

   

External

South Africa

SIT: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

   

External

Tanzania

CIEE: Community Development, Language, and Culture

   

External

South Africa

USAC: Stellenbosch

 

External

Ghana

USAC: Ghana

 

External

Botswana

CIEE: Botswana

 

External

Ghana

CIEE: Ghanaian studies

   

External

Ghana

CIEE: African and Ghanaian art and history

 

External

Colombia

CET: Colombia Race, Identity, & Ethnicity in Cali

   

External

Cuba

USAC CUBA: La Habana - Cuban History, Society, & Politics

   

Internship

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

Explore Other Program Options

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

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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

Jack Mangala
101 Lake Ontario Hall
mangalaj@gvsu.edu