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ACES in Ghana: Identity Research Experience
Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana; Tamale, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Study Tour
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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ACES in Ghana: Identity Research Experience

Summer Study Tour

HDFS 379 Study Abroad Experience (67161) 
Meets with AFRO 398 (67051)


Ghana 1

Course Description
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.

Ghana 2
Application Requirements: Current UIUC undergraduates
Course Credits
A total of 3 undergraduate 300-level credit hours is offered for the course. This course may be taken by undergraduate students only. 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.  

Faculty Advisor

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

Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, 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. 
Program Fees
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 term during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Program Fees Includes: airfare, accommodation, meals, ground transportation, entrance fees, emergency medical insurance, and miscellaneous expenses. For a detailed budget, please click the "Budget Sheet" link above. 
*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 and Scholarships
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. The ACES Scholarship Application may have an earlier deadline than your study abroad program.  Please check the ACES scholarship page for deadlines correlating to your program.  More information about ACES scholarships can be found at
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:

Withdrawal and Program Change Policy
Withdrawal Policy
All withdrawals must be made by email to the ACES Study Abroad Office. Online withdrawals without emails may result in extra charges. Please refer to the withdrawal and refund policy here
Change Policy
To change an application, an applicant must withdraw from the original application and start another one. Such withdrawals will lose the original $100 application fee. To avoid confusion and double charges, all changes should be accompanied by an email to the ACES Study Abroad Office.

Passport and Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance.
You are also required to get a visa for your program. Information about the visa and required documents will be provided by the instructors for the course. More information about passports and visas can be found at

Application Information
First Steps Info Session 
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Course Info Session
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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. 

Application Components
Program applications vary. All ACES-sponsored, faculty-led course abroad may applications include:
  • Photocopy of Passport or receipt verifying application or renewal of passport
  • Signature verification form (downloadable from your online application)
  • Essay questions
  • Online questionnaires and online signature documents
  • May require a Letter of recommendation – done electronically (must be an academic advisor, professor, or TA) 
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.

Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure
Health and Safety
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
Once you have been accepted into the program you may 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
Pre-Departure Resources
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 what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.
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:
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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.