Study Abroad in Ghana

3-Week Summer Session. Open to the general public.
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Immerse Yourself in African Culture

Experience life in an African village! Study in Ghana with ThisWorldMusic and UMass Amherst and learn traditional African drumming, dancing, singing and craft making at the Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre.

Located in the scenic coastal village of Kopeyia, the Dagbe Institute’s rigorous instruction and authentic natural surroundings make for an experience unlike any other. Participants also tour Ghana’s rainforests, beaches and unique cultural heritage sites.

Enrollment is open to students and professionals worldwide, as well as to the general public. You do not need to be enrolled at UMass or any other college or university to participate in this study abroad program.

African Music & Dance Course Overview

In this 3-week cultural immersion course, Study in Ghana participants are introduced to a wide range of topics related to African culture, philosophy, and daily life.

The group lives for 2 weeks in the Dagbe Institute’s on-campus dormitory, receiving hands-on professional instruction from local artists in drumming, dancing, singing and a variety of traditional crafts. While there, the group participates in local festivals, makes excursions to beaches and nearby open-air markets, and observes daily life in a rural Ghanaian village.

The 3rd week, we travel to Ghana’s most beautiful and fascinating locations, including: Kakum National Park rainforest reserve, historic Cape Coast Castle and The National Arts Centre. In the capital city of Accra, Study in Ghana participants visit the world renowned live music venues, sample local cuisine, tour the workshop of a master drum maker, and participate in a private performance and masterclass with the internationally acclaimed Ghana National Dance Ensemble.

“I gained a deeper sense of what it means to be a community.”

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DATES: July 10–August 1, 2019
ELIGIBILITY: General public
CREDIT: 6 UMass credits
DEADLINE: Rolling admission


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Program Credit & Cost

Offered through the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance for 6 credits (undergraduate or graduate) or equivalent professional development credits (PDP/CRU/PLU/CEU). Admission on all ThisWorldMusic Ghana programs is rolling, meaning enrollment is first-come, first-served.

$3,550 program fee includes:

  •  6 UMass credits (undergraduate or graduate) or equivalent professional development credits
  •  lodging for all 3 weeks
  •  all meals and bottled water for 2 weeks at Dagbe Institute, plus breakfast all other days
  •  45 hours of instruction
  •  all major in-country transport
  •  select cultural events
  •  automatic complimentary enrollment in West African Rescue Association, a private air/ground ambulance service

Additional benefits:

  •  Pre-departure advising and airport pickup/drop-off
  •  Full-time program leadership and support
  •  Complimentary use of personal international mobile phone

Not included:

  • Airfare (estimated): $1,500-2,200*
  • Meals and bottled water when not at Dagbe Institute: $250
  • Additional private instruction (optional): $150 ($10/hour)
  • Mobile phone credit (estimated): $30
  • Vaccinations/immunizations: depends on insurance
  • International travel health insurance: $30-$45
  • Visa fee: $60
  • Transcripting fee: $175 (if taking course for credit)

*Based on past prices. Airfare can fluctuate dramatically.