Ghana: Literature of the Slave Trade

*Please note:  This program will NOT run for Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

CAPE COAST, GHANA - This exciting program to Cape Coast, Ghana is an excellent opportunity for future teachers and students interested in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. 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. This program offers an in-depth look at the historical context for African American literature of slavery and freedom and examines children's literature of the same content. Students will be based at the University of Cape Coast, experience traditional Ghanaian music, and participate in excursions to various sites of slavery, as well as an African safari.

In addition to taking courses, this program has a service-learning component. 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.

Students can earn English credits, CSAT Capstone credit, AAA credits, and gen ed credits.

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

(4.5 weeks)



Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

*ENG 231: Early African-American Literature (3 credits) AND

**ENG 334: Multicultural Children’s Literature (3 credits) 

*Fulfills Foundations - Philosophy and Literature, SWS, and AAA studies minor requirements
Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

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

Courses count toward English major requirements and CSAT capstone requirement.

Language of instruction: English


Students will stay in housing at the University of Cape Coast and in hotels during their stay in Accra.



Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $4,599


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

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 Credits) ($3,504)
  • Vaccinations ($300)
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • Passport fees ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,695


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:

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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. 

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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Open to ALL majors. 

2.0 GPA required.

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

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