Since this program is offered every other year, applications will open late-September 2017
for the Summer 2018
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.
If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However
, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application
This study abroad program takes place every other year (in even years). It will be offered again for the Summer 2018 term.
*Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline: February 1, 2018
*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline
This program, supported by the African and African American Studies Program, is an examination of Ghana's past and how its history is shaping the country's future. Participants will discuss Ghana's involvement in the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, pan-Africanism, and the modern world. The six (6) credit hours (honors sections available), earned in two courses, will discuss Ghana's involvement in the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the country's pivotal roles in the development of colonialism, Pan-Africanism, and modern Ghana.
Although the program and its courses are most applicable to students within the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, majoring or minoring in either African and African American Studies and/or History, the program is open to all undergraduate students. Additionally, Honors College students are encouraged to participate as there are Honors credits available for the courses. Click HERE to watch a video created by past student participants!
FACULTY LEADER SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Caree Banton |
In 2010, Dr. Banton was granted the Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship by Rotary International, an organization that seeks to use scholars and their research as as medium to further international understanding and foster goodwill among nations. She went on to spend the 2011-2012 as the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars to Ghana and being a Masters fellow studying Development Studies at the Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana as well as volunteering with local Rotary Organizations on development programs in the different regions in Ghana. After she received her Master's in Development Studies in 2012, she subsequently returned to Ghana in 2014. Having studied there herself, the Study Abroad program in Ghana was one of the factors that drew Dr. Banton to the University of Arkansas. Additionally, as one of the professors of African and African American Studies at the University, it is a program she believes she has a lot to contribute to through her knowledge of the country and the contacts that she has made there.
Dr. Barbara Lofton |
Dr. Lofton is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Walton College of Business and has a strong interest in establishing ties in Africa, and in particular Ghana. Currently, she teaches a course "The History of Blacks in Business". This course begins with business development entrepreneurship in Ghana, before the Atlantic slave trade and the implications for business development and entrepreneurship in the development in the U.S.
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
: TBD for Summer 2018 (prior to travel, students will attend some courses on-campus)
: TBD for Summer 2018
Six (6) credit hours
: Offered at the Undergraduate level
AAST 4003/HIST 3813/AAST 4003H
Ghana & the Slave Trade, Development and Underdevelopment in Ghana
Doing Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship in Ghana
Accommodations will be provided in Ghana. These will be largely hotels and resort lodges.
Prior to departing, faculty will teach on the University of Arkansas campus to provide an intensive study in the course material (6 hours credit). Students and faculty will fly as a group, and arrive in Accra, Ghana’s capital and largest city. At which time, the group will travel by bus to the northern region of the country to study the differences in culture between Ghana’s regions. These differences include religion, food, resources, and other nuances that are best observed through experience. For the remainder of the program, students will travel south in Ghana, following the slave trade route. As we travel, we will stop in the following cities: Wa, Mole, Tamale, Kumasi, Anomabo, Cape Coast, Cape Three Points, and finally return to Accra. All of these locations will be part of the course lectures and discuss their role in both the historic role of Ghana and it's current role in the global economy.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
African and African American Studies majors & minors may download the scholarship application here: AAST Study Abroad Scholarship Application 2016.pdf
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:
. For questions about the scholarship, call the AAST office at 575-2872. Return completed applications to the AAST Office at Memorial Hall 230 before noon on January 29, 2016.
Assistant Professor, African & African American Studies
Director of Diversity Programs (Walton College)
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
Ghana AAST_info sheet.pdf
"Actually the program exceeded my goals of understanding the slave trade and the interaction I had with the people in Ghana was more positive than I could have ever imagined."
"This trip I think is one of the most immersive at the University of Arkansas. It's also one of the most diverse, not only as far as our group but also in what we saw. Students of varying majors, ages, and races came on this trip and that made such a difference in shaping my perspective as we shared out observations during talkbacks. We scaled an entire country, which I feel is unique; most people stay in or two places. I feel like we 'saw it all,' and I'm quite grateful for that."