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Edmund T. Gordon, Chair 2109 San Jacinto Blvd , Mailcode E3400, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4362



During the 4-week Maymester students examine the sociocultural history of Ghana, including the role of colonialism in influencing the country’s prevailing societal issues.  In addition to lectures and excursions to Cape Coast and the ancient Ashanti region, students actively engage in hands-on community service projects working alongside Ghanaian university peers on service projects in the country’s capital city of Accra.  Service projects include helping schools to build libraries, organizing health prevention campaigns, supporting a women’s micro-lending program, youth empowerment, and infrastructure building for a boys’ home/orphanage. Students also participate in a reforestation tree-planting project after meeting with local chiefs and queen mothers in rural Ashanti villages.


Application Deadline

November 1

Duration of trip

Late May - Late June

Approximate Expenses and Fees

Application Fee: $50

Program Fee: $ 4600-$4825

Books and Materials: $50

Food: $400

Airfare: $1600

Personal Items: $200

Medical Insurance: $95 (required for all programs)

Passport: $135 (if needed)

Visa: $100

Emergency Funds: $500 (required for all programs)

Total: $ 7730-7955

Participation Requirements

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance

Recommend minimum 2.0 GPA

Good academic standing


S W 360K - Community & Social Development (Cross listing: S W 395K, AFR 374, ANT 324). Consult with department for other course credit substitutions

UGS 119 - Maymester Spring Seminar: Ghana

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