Ghana: Teaching & Learning Literacy, Language, & History

CAPE COAST, GHANA- This program is an excellent opportunity for future K-12 teachers to gain valuable experience with literacy learning in the culturally and linguistically unique setting of Cape Coast, Ghana. This program offers an opportunity for future teachers to experience Ghanaian schools through both a tutoring field placement and an opportunity to develop a critical literacy project with Ghanaian children. Students will visit slave castles, art markets, rain forests, and take a safari at Ghana’s largest national park. They will find themselves surrounded by the approximately 75 ethnic groups that reside in Ghana. Students will be based at the University of Cape Coast, and will experience the historical, cultural, environmental, and educational richness of the West African nation.

In addition to taking coursework and field trips, this program has a service-learning component. Students will spend a minimum of 20-25 hours total participating in field experiences. Grand Valley students will tutor Ghanaian students in reading instruction and facilitate a community literacy project with elementary-age students.

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The next application period opens September 14, 2021

2.0 GPA Required
No Language

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2022

Program Dates: June 8, 2022 - July 9, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Opens September 14, 2021)

(4 weeks)


Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

ENG 301: Teaching Reading & Writing in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits) AND

ENG 401: Languages, Literacies, & Cultures (3 credits) 


Language of instruction: English


Shared room on university campus

Cost and Scholarships


Program Fee: 4,923


  • 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): $9127


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. 

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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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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2022
Amy Masko
Program Director

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