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2014 Summer Study Abroad Program to Ghana, West Africa

Call for applicants

February 6, 2014 2:35 PM
UMBC’s Department of Africana Studies invites you to join us for our 2014 SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO
GHANA, WEST AFRICA
Understanding Culture and Politics in Ghana
July 6 – August 4, 2014

THE PROGRAM
The UMBC Department of Africana Studies’ 2014 Summer Study Abroad Program to Ghana, West Africa, to be held July 6 – August 4, will explore the diverse and unique heritage of Ghana. Combining classroom, laboratory, and field-based academic study, intense language lessons, supervised intercultural exchanges with Ghanaian governmental and non-governmental officials, and guided-sightseeing activities to select historical and cultural sites, this four-week program will enable participants to learn about Ghana’s cultural, political, and economic heritage and the consequent impact of this heritage on the region and the continent. Participants will also learn about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the African anti-colonialism movement, Ghana’s experiences with different political systems, the Akan Twi language system, and the intersections of culture, language, religion, and regionalism within the Ghanaian political and economic structure.

All Inclusive
Program Cost: $3,872*
Installment plan available

APPLICATION INFORMATION
Applicants must 1) complete an application form, 2) submit two letters of reference, and 3) submit documentation attesting to their health and physical abilities. Application forms are available from the Department of Africana Studies. A deposit of $300 and completed applications are due by March 10, 2014. Make check or money order payable to UMBC. Notifications of interviews will be made by March 11th and conclude by March 17th. The balance is due May 20, 2014. Early application is encouraged. At all times, participants will be selected without regard to race, gender, color, national origin, age, or handicapping condition.

*The program cost is per person, based on double-occupancy. This price includes 4-credits of tuition, roundtrip international airfare, visa fees, emergency health insurance, lodging (all rooms with private bath), tours and site visits, meals, all transfers and baggage handling, security, hotel taxes and service charges, gratuities, seminar lectures, cultural and experiential learning activities, course materials and weekend pre-departure sessions, in-country farewell dinner, identification cards for library access, and seminar-style language instruction. The price does not include required immunizations and vaccinations, passport fees, or personal spending money.

Additional Information
Participants will earn 4 credits of AFST 495 (Field Research in Africana Studies).

We especially encourage applications from current K-12 educators in Maryland, from undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in becoming K-16 educators, and others currently enrolled in teacher certification programs.

Current Maryland K-12 teachers may be eligible for funding from their local school districts.

For further information, contact: Dr. Tyson King-Meadows (410-455-2194 or tkingmea@umbc.edu) or Dr. Gloria Chuku (410-455-2921 or chuku@umbc.edu) in the Department of Africana Studies (410-455-2158). Applications are also available at the UMBC Office of International Education Services.

To apply and to get more information, visit http://www.umbc.edu/africana_studies/
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