Study African Arts and Culture in Ghana

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The 9 credit summer program, entitled "West African Music, Dance, Society, and Culture", comprises social science, humanities, and performing arts components, and is formally equivalent to three semester-long University of Alberta courses:

  • West African Music Ensemble (Music x44)
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Music 365), and
  • West African language, culture, and society (Middle Eastern and African Studies 300).

The program includes four weeks' study at the University of Ghana (Legon), and two weeks' residence in a small Ghanaian village in the Volta region for field study and musical/linguistic/cultural immersion. Music and dance performance is central, but no musical experience or talent is required to succeed. Optional long-weekend field trips and a pre-program Ghana tour provide additional musical-cultural perspectives.

For a multimedia introduction to this program, please view this descriptive powerpoint presentation.

Browse last summer's trip here: University of Alberta in Ghana 2007

Application procedures for Summer 2008

Application for both program and award is through Caroline Lawson in the Education Abroad office, HUB (contacts below). Non-University of Alberta students are responsible for ensuring that credit transfers to their home institution and program, and must enroll in University of Alberta open studies prior to enrollment in the program.

Fifteen $1500 scholarship awards are available to early applicants from Canada. (must apply by March 1st)

Substantial scholarships are also available to international applicants from outside Canada through Summer School@UA; please contact Caroline Lawson for details.


for Canadians:

  • Application fee $150
  • UofA tuition (*9 credits): $1586.60
  • Program fee (village stay): $618
  • Campus accommodations: $390 (approximate)
  • Food: $280 (approximate)
  • Total cost: $3024.60

$1500 scholarships are available for the first 15 applicants (priority to UofA students).
Total program cost (including scholarship) is $1524.60.

for International students (including USA):

  • Application fee $100
  • UofA tuition (*9 credits): $5015.89
  • Program fee (village stay): $618
  • Campus accommodations: $390 (approximate)
  • Food: $280 (approximate)
  • Total cost: $6,403.89

$2250 scholarships are available for International students.
Total program cost (including scholarship) is $4,153.89.

Note: The above costs do not include travel costs, visa fees, vaccinations, medical coverage, books and supplies, extra food costs, entertainment or incidental expenses.

Deadlines for summer 2008 program:

  • Award applications must be filed by March 1st, 2008
  • Meet with Caroline Lawson by March 3rd
  • Submit an application by March 15th.

Need more information?

Attend the upcoming information meeting, 4 PM Wed Feb 13th, 8920 HUB Mall

Regarding application procedures please contact Caroline Lawson, Study Abroad Student Advisor, University of Alberta International, Education Abroad Program, 8920 HUB Mall, Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6G 2E1 Tel: 780 492 6215 Fax: 780 492 6213

You may also contact Professor Michael Frishkopf for further information about the program itself.

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