Study Abroad

The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies offers two Study Abroad courses: A UWinteriM course to Ghana and a 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
View information about the program.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Sandra Jones Dr. Abera Gelan Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour
Program Coordinator Study Abroad Committee Chair Study Abroad Committee Member
sejones@uwm.edu agelan@uwm.edu mitchelg@uwm.edu

Summer Program in Belize: Environmental Sustainability and Development in the African Diaspora

Dates: 
5-28-19 – 6/07/19

Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2019

Credits: 
3 credits (U/G)

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
View information about the program.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Sandra Jones Dr. Abera Gelan Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour
Program Coordinator Study Abroad Committee Chair Study Abroad Committee Member
sejones@uwm.edu agelan@uwm.edu mitchelg@uwm.edu

Students talk about their study abroad experiences

Study Abroad at the Center for International Education (CIE)