This is a faculty-directed education abroad program.  While there are many other options, many students (and parents) find faculty-directed programs to be among the best fit as participants will travel with UK students/faculty and earn exact UK credit. 

Discover the African continent with a journey to the West African coast. In the week prior to departure, students will get acquainted with their fellow travelers on UK's campus while learning about the adventure to come. Students will then spend two weeks in Ghana learning about the rich cultural heritage of food, fabric and families in urban and rural communities. Upon arrival, participants will experience what life is like for students on the University of Ghana campus, learning about agriculture, culture, families and history. Two workshops will give students a hands-on learning experience with cooking a Ghanaian meal and creating batik fabric.

Program at a glance: 

  • Dates: May 14 - 28, 2017
  • Credit: Earn four hours total (HES 300, EAP 599)
  • Location: Various locations across Ghana
  • Eligibility: Open to all students 
  • Directors: Dr. Janet Mullins and Dr. Kimberly Spillman, Department of Retailing and Tourism Managment

Students will see cocoa growing and learn about chocolate processing in a tour of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. Students will also visit a rural village where the University of Kentucky sponsors a school feeding program for kindergartners and a school farm and sewing cooperative offering opportunities for women entrepreneurs in sewing and farming. 

Ghana is a land of royalty where students will experience ceremonies with dancing, drumming and music while meeting Chiefs and Queen Mothers who loyally serve their communities. The journey will end with an excursion to the coast for a tour of a rain forest and former slave castle. For over a decade the people of Ghana have warmly shared their lives and wisdom with UK students. It is an experience that will enrich the student's education with a global perspective. As a 2015 participant put it: "life-changing doesn't do this program justice!"

For more information on this program, visit the education abroad website

The UK Education Abroad Scholarship deadline for summer programs is March 1.  For more information on education abroad scholarships, creative fundraising ideas and more, students are encouraged to visit the Education Abroad Resource Center in 315 Bradley Hall