Ghana: Nursing (Winter)

CAPE COAST, GHANA -  Community health center nursing experiences will include windshield surveys, individual and family health assessments, culturally appropriate health education, and analysis of the health system in Ghana, including the role of nurses, traditional health practitioners, and, how as a country, they address WHO millennial goals.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore nearby towns and the city of Cape Coast, which was the largest slave-trading center in West Africa. From the art markets at the city center to European forts and castles along endless beaches, students will find themselves surrounded by diverse cultures.

Program Highlights:

- Gain insight into community-based health care systems

- Fulfill required community health hours or other leadership clinical hours in an international setting based on course requirements

- Increase cultural competence through participation in local events in Cape Coast and nearby towns (example: Kakum National Park  (rainforest canopy walk)

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Cultural Information

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GPA Requirement
2.5 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Winter 2022

Estimated Program Dates: January 2022 - February 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

(2 weeks)



Students will register for one course based on their progression in the program:


NUR 417: Professional Nursing IV

NUR 467: Professional Nursing V

Other NUR 400 level or higher courses per permission of faculty

*This program does not fulfill the General Education Global Perspectives or General Education Issues requirements

One credit will be completed in Ghana and the remainder at GVSU. This program will replace the required 42 community health nursing hours. It will also fulfill the clinical requirement for RN to BSN 400 level courses.


NUR 500, NUR 610, NUR 677, NUR 723, NUR 733, NUR 738, AND/OR NUR 740

Graduate NUR courses per permission of faculty


Students will stay in university housing at the University of Cape Coast or a local hotel depending on availability.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $3,000


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Visa, taxes, documents
  • All excursions and field trips
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition (Included in winter bill)
  • Immunization (Yellow Fever) ($400)
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • Passport/photos ($150)
  • Additional meals ($60)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $3,860


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 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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


Open to all GVSU nursing majors.
Open to graduate students.

2.5 GPA required.

Non-GVSU students are not eligible for this program.

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Contact Information

Winter 2022
Susan Strouse
Program Director

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