Ghana: Social Work

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2018 program. Updated 2020 program information will be available in summer 2019. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change.

ACCRA, GHANA - This program aims to prepare students for competent social work practitioners in both domestic and international arenas of social welfare, by engaging Ghanaian counterparts in local villages, five days of volunteer experiences, and offering numerous cultural excursions. These components will enhance students’ understanding of civic and global responsibility through a new cultural lens. Although students will spend the majority of this experience in Accra, the capital of Ghana, they will also spend time in Kumasi and Cape coast for further education and cultural experiences. 

Program Highlights: 

- Volunteer in various venues (hospitals. orphanages, schools, multi-service organizations)

- Explore a local village, the historic slave castles, Kakum National Park, markets, churches, local businesses, and more 

- Excursions to Krobo Odumase, Kumasi and Cape Coast 

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The next application period opens September 1, 2018

Faculty-Led
GPA Requirement
2.5 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
English Language Requirement
Graduate

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2019

Estimated Program Dates: April 2020 - May 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Opens September 1, 2018)

(3 weeks)

*Disclaimer: Program dates for 2020 may slightly differ from dates provided.

2020 Program information will be available in August 2019

Courses

Ghana

Students will register for a total of 3 credits:

UNDERGRADUATE:

SW 354: International Service (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required.

GRADUATE:

SW 630: Social Work Global Service Learning (3 credits)

Language of Instruction: English

 

Housing

Students will stay in university housing in Accra and Cape Coast in double or triple occupancy rooms.

 

Cost and Scholarships

Ghana

2020 Program information will be available in August 2019

2018 PROGRAM COSTS:

Program Fee: $4,495

Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • All excursions and field trips
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • Tuition $1,575-Undergraduate OR $1,881-Graduate
  • Immunization ($400)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Additional meals ($200)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $7,138  (Undergraduate) OR $7,444  (Graduate)

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS:

Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser 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: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.

FINANCIAL AID:

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

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

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Eligibility

This program is open to all BSW, MSW students as well as other majors. Selected participants must complete an interview with the program director before final acceptance. 

Open to graduate students.

GPA required: 2.0 GPA (Undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (Graduate)

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

Additional Information

Excursions

Excursions to Krobo Odumase, Kumasi and Cape Coast included in this program. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2019
Dianne Green-Smith
Program Director
greensmd@gvsu.edu

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