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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type(s): Guest House Home Campus: Non-U of U, U of U: Utah Campus
Credit Type: Graduate U of U, Undergraduate U of U Language(s) of Instruction: English
Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency, No Host Language Badge Opportunities: Independent Options
Eligibility: Course Prerequisite(s), Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18 Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

Exploring Social & Political Culture in Ghana
DESCRIPTIONSB15 Ghana Social Work

Fifty years after independence, Ghana has begun to establish national priorities around a range of newly developed and implemented social and human service policies and programs. This course will help participants (1) develop a deeper understanding of the impact social, political, economic, and cultural factors have on the well-being of Ghanaians, (2) acquire knowledge and skills essential to developing and maintaining cooperative relationships and partnerships with existing social and human service organizations in Ghana, and (3) engage in small group activities designed to immerse participants in various aspects of the local community. Through classroom and experiential learning, students will be afforded with a rich, unique, and exciting opportunity to further examine, understand, and appreciate the Ghanaian population, as well as the institutions and policies contributing to their social, political, and economic well-being.

This program will be held every other year during Spring Break, beginning in 2018.


  • Available credit(s): 3
  • Program course begins Spring semester and concludes after the Learning Abroad program
    • Course will take place February 15-March 8, 2018 in SW 330, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program course
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Kumasi Market
    • Ashanti Cultural Arts Center
    • Manhiya Palace
    • Cape Coast Castle


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.



  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost


  • Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
  • Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
  • Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
  • Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information


The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

Program Ratings:
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Level of cultural immersion:
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Program Reviews:
Spring Break 2018 Participant
Great trip to Ghana! Recommend to anyone wishing to discuss social work topics in a less developed country. It was so helpful to be able to have discussions in English with other students and really understand more about underlying issues.

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