Cape Coast, Ghana; Accra, Ghana; Ho, Ghana
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:

Summer Session: July 5–27, 2017

In this 3-week intensive cultural immersion course, participants will be introduced to a wide range of topics related to African culture, philosophy, and daily life. The group lives for 2 weeks in the scenic coastal village of Kopeyia, receiving hands-on instruction from local artists in drumming, dancing, singing and a variety of arts & crafts. The third week, we travel to Ghana’s most beautiful and fascinating locations, including Cape Coast Castle, The National Theatre, Kakum National Park Rainforest Preserve and The National Arts Centre.

The group participates in traditional festivals, visits local schools and markets, and observes daily life in a rural village. In the capital city of Accra, we visit the world famous live music clubs, sample local cuisine, tour the workshop of a master drum maker, and participate in an exclusive performance-workshop with the internationally acclaimed National Dance Company of Ghana. All of this will help to put into historical and cultural perspective the similarities and differences between African traditional and popular culture, engendering a greater understanding of both indigenous and contemporary artistic expressions in West Africa.


$3,450 program fee includes:

  • lodging for all 3 weeks
  • all meals and bottled water for 2+ weeks
  • 45 hours of instruction
  • complimentary use of international mobile phone
  • all major in-country transport
  • select cultural events
  • automatic complimentary enrollment in West African Rescue Association, a private air/ground ambulance service
  • 6 UMass Amherst credits (undergraduate or graduate)