Ghana, Africa

A Gateway to Africa

Spring break 2019

Ghana is the earliest of the known empires of Western Sudan in history. This was first mentioned by Al-Fazari, an Arab geographer in AD 773 in his book Al-Masudi, where he referred to it as “a land of gold.” Ghana is so ancient and significant that it is the only Empire of the Western Sudan that is found on the first Islamic world map produced by a Persian geographer, Mohammed Khwariz-mi, in the ninth century. Ghana is also one of the most significant Sub-Saharan countries in the study of African slavery. This is in part because of its preservation of the most historical “Gate of No Return,” the seaport from which many of the African slaves left to the Western world through the middle passage.

Through this study abroad program, we seek to acquaint our students with the history and culture of Ghana in West Africa, as well as exposing them to larger topics pertaining to Pan-Africanism and the Diaspora. English is a major language of Ghana, but students will also learn some basic phrases in the native language before departure.

Academic Program

STA 200 is a one-, two- or three-credit course. The eight-day study trip is preceded by two mandatory pre-trip classroom sessions and three mandatory orientation sessions, all on the campus of Dominican University. The itinerary demonstrates the wide variety of sites and cultural activities included in the tour. Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course.

Participation in this study abroad program fulfills the multi-cultural requirement for Dominican students. The course may also count toward the Black World Studies major.


Complete short-term (student or non-student) application packet:

  • application form
  • two letters of recommendation from DU faculty member (one letter for non-students)
  • medical form completed by a physician due at time of deposit
  • Deadline: October 28, 2016

For more information, please contact Sue Ponremy, director of international studies, at or call (708) 524-6965.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

  • Currently enrolled students: $3965
    Tuition is included in full-time enrollment up to 18 credits.
  • Non-students: $3965
  • Part-time or non-DU students: $3965
  • Personal expenses: $250 (estimated)
  • Mandatory shots ($75-150) not included.

All costs include:

  • round-trip airfare Chicago-Accra
  • housing
  • breakfasts and lunches
  • land travel
  • services of a guide
  • health insurance
  • visa fee

Due to fluctuation of exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • State, federal and Dominican aid is applicable.
  • Students: By studying abroad, you may have additional options for funding assistance. Please see a Dominican University Financial Aid Officer as soon as possible.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior standing, qualified adults. 
  • 2.5 DU GPA. Freshmen must attain a 2.5 GPA during the fall semester 2016
  • Students must attend at least one information session.

Excursions, Housing and Transportation


Under no circumstances will students be permitted to travel independently. All excursions and site visits will be with the group and the directors.


Students will stay in hotels and guesthouses similar to bed and breakfasts during their stay in Ghana.


  • Group flight arranged by program directors who will accompany participants.
  • Airfare is included in program costs.