Study Abroad

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The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies offers three Study Abroad courses: A UWinteriM course to Ghana, a summer program to Ethiopia, and another summer program to Belize.

UWinteriM program in Ghana

Ghana is a West African nation and also the ancestral home of many people of African descent living in the U.S. Ghana is an English-speaking nation with a well-developed and stable democratic system. The program is based in Accra, the political capital of Ghana, but we also travel to other areas of the country so that students learn the diversity of Ghanaian experiences. Participants engage in academic seminars, visit major historical sites, including the slave castles; tour the cities of Kumasi, the cultural capitol and home of the Asantehene, king of the Akan people and Tema, Ghana’s industrial capitol and major port. Finally, participants have time and occasion to experience a range of Ghanaian culture.

Department of African and African Diaspora Studies: Study Abroad to Ghana
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Summer program in Ethiopia

This summer program is also an exciting and unique course designed for students with interests in Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology and the cultural, political and economic issues facing one of Africa’s most ancient civilizations. The course provides an unparalleled visit to and study of Ethiopia, considered to be the political capital of Africa. Providing an alternative learning opportunity to study the fascinating area of East Africa, students will visit the country where anthropologists believe that humans first emerged.

Summer program in Belize

Belize represents the convergence of local and global processes related to competing national and international interests arising from conservation of its biodiversity and economic development through tourism. While the construction and maintenance of tourist hotels and resorts have had adverse impacts on the natural environment, the growth of ecotourism has strengthened conservation efforts. Not only is Belize a destination for ecotourism, but it is also a prime location for heritage tourism, specifically Mayan and Garifuna cultures.

Through this ten-day summer program, students will critically examine various environmental, economic, and social issues stemming from the expansion of tourism in Belize. Students will learn about the history, economy and cultures of Belize; evaluate a community conservation project (The Community Baboon Sanctuary); and analyze gender roles in Belize, particularly the different roles men and women play in conservation efforts and the distinct opportunities available to them in the tourist industry. Students will also develop an informed appreciation of Garifuna cultural practices, particularly drumming, music and cuisine, while staying with host families in Hopkins Village. Students will apply the knowledge acquired from this course to design an environmental project at the local community school as part of a two-day service learning project.

Belize: Gender, Environmental Sustainability, and Development in the African Diaspora
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For further information, contact:
Dr. Abera Gelan
Study Abroad Committee Chair
(414) 229-4144

Students talk about their study abroad experiences

Study Abroad at the Center for International Education (CIE)