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  • Locations: Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana; Tamale, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer Study Tour
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Study Tour
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
ACES in Ghana: Identity Research Experience

Summer Study Tour


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This course focuses on ethnic identity development in the family context with an emphasis on Africans and people of African descent. We will explore established and emerging theories related to identity development within extended families. Recognizing the historical connections between Africa and the African diaspora, Ghana’s first president referred to Ghana as the gateway to Africa for people of African descent who wanted to return “home”. We will examine why and how learning about identity, family, and community in historical and contemporary Ghana can provide insight into identity development for African Americans in the U.S.
This course has 2 major components:
(1) The classroom study component (Spring, 2nd 8 weeks): to prepare students for engagement in different communities in Ghana. This component consists of lectures, in-class discussion and exercises to familiarize students with Ghanaian history and culture, family and identity theories, and qualitative research methods.
(2) The study abroad component (Summer, June 1-21): to immerse students in an intensive research experience. This component consists of guided fieldwork, direct community engagement, historical sites related to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and African Slave Trade, and a symposium. We will spend time in northern and southern Ghana in the cities of Paga, Bolgatanga, Tamale, Kumasi, Elmina, Cape Coast, and Accra.

Group Flight
Students will not need to purchase their own airfare, the ACES Abroad will organize a group flight for this course.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight
Faculty Advisor

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Christy Lleras                                                                                     LaKisha David                                                                                                                                 
Dr. Lleras is an Associate Professor in the                                                                              David is a graduate student in the
Department of Human Development and Family Studies.                                   Department of Human Development and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Family Studies.

  • Current UIUC undergraduates
  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required
A total of 3 undergraduate 300-level credit hours is offered for the course: HDFS 379 Study Abroad Experience (67161); Meets with AFRO 398 (67051)
To enroll in the course, you must intend to participate in both the classroom and study abroad components. The course cannot be audited. 
Date/place/time of classroom meetings TBA.  

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during
which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Financial Aid 
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 

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Application Information 

First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  

Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components 
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Online questionnaires Upon acceptance to this program you may be required to complete the host institution's application.  
All application requirements must be completed by 11:59 pm on December 1, 2017. The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. You are required to attend 1 group interview from 5 – 6 pm on October 25, November 1, or November 10. You will receive a decision by November 17.

See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at:
Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also
Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at:

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

Contact Information
Associate Professor Christy Lleras
2026 Christopher Hall
904 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801
LaKisha David                                   
201 Child Development Lab
1105 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Study Tour 2018 02/02/2018
02/02/2018 06/01/2018 06/21/2018

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.