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  • Locations: Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana; Tamale, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer Short-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Study Tour
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

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Summer Short Term Program
"Cultural Immersion and Community Life"




Students will spend three weeks exploring community life across five of the ten regions in Ghana. This group will be led by a UIUC faculty member and accompanied by professional guides and interpreters from Ghana. Examples of the cultural immersion experiences include visiting with families in their homes in a Paga village, making shea butter in M’ba Naa-yili, participating in cultural dances in Tamale, meeting the sacred monkeys in Boabeng-Fiema, and learning about traditional Kente cloth weaving in Adanwomase. We will also explore many of the sites associated with the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade as we make our way down from the northern border to the coast. Sites include the Pikworo Slave Camp, the old slave market in Salaga, the place of the last bath in Assin Manso, and the slave dungeons in Elmina and Cape Coast.

The 8-week course (2nd half, Spring semester) will prepare students for immersion into Ghanaian community life through lecture, in-class discussions and exercises to familiarize students with Ghanaian history and culture. We will also examine identity theory and explore how Ghanaian history specifically, and the history of Africa more generally, has shaped how we have come to view ourselves and our place within our families, our communities, and the world.



  • The program is open to students of all ranks from all UIUC colleges.
  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates and with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required.


This 8-week course is worth 3 credit hours for undergraduates and 4 credit hours for graduate students, co-taught by Dr. Christy Lleras and PhD student, Lakisha David.  Dr. Lleras is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UIUC's College of ACES.

On campus meetings: Begin 2nd 8 weeks of the spring semester.  Date/place/time of meetings can be found in the course explorer.



Students will be sleeping in hotel rooms with private toilet and shower facilities (2 students per room).


Students will not need to purchase their own airfare, the ACES Study Abroad Office 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.


For the costs associated with 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.  Cost includes international airfare, program and excursion costs, accommodations, and some meals.  Please note that costs are subject to change based on availability of flights and land cost variability. 

Financial Aid
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program.  The applicable amount depends on your financial aid package.  For information, please visit or email

Withdraw, Cancellation and Refund Policy


  1. Meet with Dr. Lleras (and co-instructor Lakisha David) for a brief overview of the trip followed by an informal interview. You can sign up for available times using the following link If none of these times work with your schedule, you may contact Dr. Lleras at to schedule an interview at a different time. All interviews will take place in 2026 Doris Kelley Christopher Hall (904 W. Nevada). The information session and informal interview will last approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Once the interview is complete and you have been selected by Dr. Lleras and Ms. David to participate in the study abroad to Ghana, you will be notified and can begin the online application (including passport).You will click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. All online materials are due by 11:59 pm (CST) on February 15, 2019.
  3. After you have begun the application process through ACES, you will then be invited to register for HDFS 379/AFRO 398. 



Program Leader:
Dr. Christy Lleras:

ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall
1301 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380


Walk-in Advising Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 9:30-11: 30 am
Otherwise by appointment; to schedule an appointment please email Oliver Ferguson ( or Jessa Barnard (

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Short-Term 2019 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 05/31/2019 06/22/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.