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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Africana Studies, Global Studies, Health, Medicine, & Society, History Experience / Activity Type: Classes
Credit type: LU credit Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel
LU Program Director: Essien, Kwame ( Number of Credits: 3
Host: Lehigh Program LU Study Abroad Advisor: Katy Rene (
Exchange: No Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4:10pm in Williams Hall 80
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling admissions until March 11, 2018
July 20- August 10, 2018
(Arrive July 20th, Depart August 10th)


Estimated Cost *$5,000 - This includes tuition, double-occupancy room with wireless internet service and breakfast. The program cost also includes excursions and program activities. Not included are airfare to/from Ghana, personal expenditures, laundry or any other costs outside the program.
* A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. Deadlines are posted on the Travel Grant Form.

Additionally, students applying for this program may qualify for an Africana Studies Travel Grant.

Students are encouraged to review the Finances section of the Lehigh Study Abroad website for information on additional funding opportunities.
AAS/HMS/GS 197 Globalization and Health in Ghana (3 credits) This 4-week field-based course fosters engagement with globalization and health processes in Ghana. Students will trace the history of health interventions through cultural immersion, including tours, university campus visits, and interactions with health service providers in Ghana's capital city, Accra, and nearby towns and villages. Dimensions of health include conceptions of illness and healing, health systems, and social determinants of health such as gender, education, environment, and cultural norms. For individual or group projects, students can choose to focus entirely on: 1)  globalization, 2) health, 3) the intersections between history, culture, origins of herbal medicine, religious faith healing and Western medicine; or 4) explore the linkages between globalization, history and health.  Within globalization and history, the impact of factors such as identity, capitalism , neoliberalism, science and technology, Pentecostalism, faith healing, NGOs and the state, will be examined.

Professors Kwame Essien and Sirry Alang will co-teach the course.
The current population of Ghana (approximately 25 million people) consists of a wide range of linguistic, cultural and ethnic groups. After Ghana became the first nation in West Africa to gain political independence from the British on March 6, 1957, she became a center for African diasporic history and a repository for global commerce and transatlantic cultural exchanges. Many people of African descent trace their ancestral roots to Ghana because of its geo-political history in the transatlantic slave trade and the significance of sites of memories along the coast. Ghana's rich history with the middle passage and its economic and political stability has attracted many returnees, tourists, investors and students in various study abroad programs around the world to visit the country. Ghana remains pivotal in the study of globalization in Africa, economic development, African history and cultures and tourism. Its culture has been shaped by global influences as well as local traditions. In terms of its governance, Ghana is the most stable and safest country in West Africa.

There will be airport pick-up and drop-off. The main residential site of the program is a hotel near the campus of the University of Ghana in Accra. Also, the hotel/hostel is close to the airport, the main shopping mall, restaurants and major highways that connect Accra, the Tema Industrial Area/Harbor, the Aburi Mountains and other coastal areas. Accra is the capital city of Ghana and the most diverse area in the country. Accra is the second most populated region, after the Ashanti Region, accounting for 15.4% of Ghana's total population. Students will spend part of their course time and lectures at Ashesi University, a private university located in the hills of Berekuso and on the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, one of the major public universities in Ghana. While in Accra, students will spend some time on AU's campus but 'home base' will be a hotel/hostel. Other program sites that we will visit as a part of this summer study abroad program include Tema, Cape Coast and Elmina, all of which offer opportunities for learning about the impact of globalization, economic development and underdevelopment and cultural immersion in Ghana. Cape Coast and Elmina is about 3 hours so students will spend the two nights in a hotel. In all of these locations, students will enjoy Ghanaian cuisine, visit historical sites and travel to a number of towns and villages to immerse themselves in Ghanaian societies and cultures. A comfortable minibus will be provided for group transportation between sites of learning and residence.
To apply, complete a Lehigh Faculty-Led Summer Course application found under the Student Services tab in Banner (see step by step instructions below).  

Please Note: upon submitting the application, you are committing to participating and paying up to the full cost of the program if accepted.

Summer Lehigh-Led Application Instructions
1. Log into your Banner Account
2. Click the "Student Services" tab
3. Click the "Study Abroad and International Internships Application/Registration" menu option
4. Click "Register for Winter or summer (faculty led credit bearing) programs" menu option.
5. Follow instructions to complete the application.