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Maymester: Ghana

Spend the month of May studying in Ghana, Africa...

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies is offering the 2016 Maymester Program in Ghana, Africa. This four-week program will allow students who cannot study abroad for a full semester the opportunity to do so in the summer. The Spiritan Order, founders of Duquesne University, have maintained a missionary presence in Ghana and West Africa for over 150 years. This travel-study opportunity places special focus on Africa and the global diaspora and strengthens links between Duquesne and the worldwide Spiritan mission.


As one of Africa's most peaceful and politically stable countries, Ghana is an English-speaking country on the west coast of the continent of Africa. Ghana is also a Christian country, with over 70 percent of population identifying themselves as Christian. It is one of the most colorful and diverse nations in West Africa and home to European-built forts and castles, many of which are now museums or hotels. You are sure to fall in love with the hospitality of Ghana's people and the beauty of its landscape. 

Selection Criteria:

• Capacity is 25 students maximum (Will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.)
• Minimum GPA: 3.0
• Must be clear of any outstanding academic or disciplinary actions

Online Application:

Applied Students: Make your deposit and other payments by check or online


During this four week program, students will take two courses and earn six credits:

Choose one of the following:

THEO 280 Faith and Reason
(satisfies CORE Theme Area: Faith & Reason)
This course will explore how the relationship between faith and reason was and is shaped by the history of slavery and colonialism in Ghana.

AFST 281- African Religion
An exploration of the indigenous, traditional and contemporary African religious expressions and belief systems with special attention to West Africa and Ghana. Through both assigned readings and engagement with select African religious rituals and practices, this course seeks to give greater insight and understanding into the reasoning, practices and expressions of African religions.

Everyone takes:

MUSC/AFST 316 Musics of Africa (Choose CORE Theme Area: Creative Arts OR Social Justice)
A survey of the extraordinary diversity of musics throughout Africa, including both traditional and popular styles in West Africa. Through readings, recordings, videos, discussion and site visits, the course provides an understanding of the role and value of music in African life, and attends to attitudes and stereotypes held by cultural outsiders

Maymester Ghana Calendar
Maymester Ghana Academic Calendar
Sat., May 7 Depart
Sun., May 8 Arrive in Accra, Ghana and drive to Cape Coast University.
May 10-20 Musics of Africa Class meets most days.
May 14    Excursion to Kakum National Park and Canopy Walk.

Sat., May 21

Travel to Spiritan University College in Ejisu.
Mon.-Thurs., May 23-26 Theology Class meets.
Fri.-Mon., May 27-30 Excursion to Northern Ghana; Safari in Mole National Park.
Tues.-Thurs., May 31-June 2 Theology class meets.
Fri., June 3 Return to Accra to Spiritan Generalate.
Sat., June 4 Free Day at Accra beach and resort.
Sat., June 5 Fly home.
Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on the Duquesne's Maymester program spend 4 weeks abroad while earning 6 university credits. The following outlines the program costs:

Program Costs
Program Fee (Tuition & Room/Board) $6950
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
FrontierMEDEX Emergency coverage  Included
Two Group Excursions Included

(Costs are based on current currency rates, if these rates increase there will be a surchage applied)

Financial Aid: The Duquesne Financial Aid Office can assist you with summer loan applications. (Tuition exchange/remission and Duquesne Scholarships do NOT apply.)