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*Davidson College - Ghana
Kumasi, Ghana (Outgoing )
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During a period of seven weeks, participants in the Davidson in Ghana Summer Program will be immersed in modern and traditional Ghanaian life. The program includes two courses, a service/research project, and a week-long excursion into other regions of the country. Ghanaian professors and artists will teach all classes.
Dr. Laurian Bowles will serve as Resident Director in summer 2018. Dr. Bowles is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and core faculty of Africana Studies with over twenty years of research and travel experience in Ghana. She also served as Resident Director of the program in 2016.
As one of Africa’s most beautiful and progressive countries, Ghana is a democracy with a multiparty political system. Slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the average temperature in this West African country ranges between 70 and 90 degrees. While Ghana is a multi-ethnic nation, most of its 18 million people belong to six ethnic groups. The country is divided into ten regions, each of which is governed by a minister and has its own legislative assembly.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is located in the suburbs of Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region. Established by the country’s first president, the idyllic campus has solar powered contemporary buildings and architecture as well as tropical flora and beautiful lawns just ten minutes from the central business district of the city. With approximately 20,000 undergraduate students enrolled in thirty majors, as well as graduate programs and a medical school, KNUST is a vibrant campus with its own taxi services, groceries stores, bars as well as restaurants.
Kumasi is also called the Garden City for its sprawling landscapes and public parks and has historic sites that include the palace residence of the Ashanti royal family, the largest open-air market in West Africa, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries and parks. An easily accessible metropolis with shopping malls and a vibrant nightlife, Kumasi is a major center for commercial, educational, and cultural activities as well a robust manufacturing sector in gold and cocoa production.
ANT 232 Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the major economic, socio-political and cultural factors that have shaped Ghana's development in the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, the rich cultural heritage of Ghana's major ethnic groups is studied. Students receive one Davidson course credit.
ANT 233 Performing Arts in West Africa
The Ashanti Region Cultural Centre and Institute for African Studies offers Davidson students classes in both traditional dance and music. Students receive one Davidson course credit.
Students will be involved in service/research projects that pair their personal interests with one of six areas of opportunity. These include education, public health and outreach programming, artistic apprenticeships, communications (radio, television or film), medical laboratory research, and development planning at a non-profit organization.
During a week in June, the group will travel to the Volta, Accra and Central Regions of the county to visit major cultural, historical, and conservation centers in various parts of Ghana. These include the slave dungeons of Elmina and Cape Coast Castles, the WEB Dubois Centre, Independence Square as well as museums and monuments.
Housing and Meals
Students will have single occupancy rooms at a guesthouse near the university and downtown Kumasi. Breakfast and dinner are provided on-site.
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, ‘good standing’ is defined in this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances). Programs are open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting. Students who will graduate before the program start date are not eligible to apply.
Professor Helen Cho, Program Director
Professor Laurian Bowles, Resident Director 2018
Visa Warning: Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.
Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should schedule a consultation with International Student Adviser, Bea Cornett, to discuss their visa status.
Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the program director and the Dean Rusk Program Director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.
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