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Maymester: Ghana

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

The Maymester Program in Ghana, Africa is being offered by Duquesne University's Center for African Studies in May 2017. During the four-week program students will earn 6 credits while coming to understand this historic and beautiful country. Students will visit metropolitan centers Kumasi and Accra - Ghana's capitol city - as well as seeing the country's natural landscape during a jungle canopy walk and canoe safari in Kakum and Mole National Parks. This travel-study opportunity places special focus on Africa and the global diaspora and strengthens links between Duquesne and the worldwide Spiritan mission. The Spiritan Order, founders of Duquesne University, have maintained a missionary presence in Ghana and West Africa for over 150 years.


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 the 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

Action Steps 

Online Application: Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted. Start your application today  

Fall Semester 2016: Apply and make your deposit $500 -  

February 2, 2017: $1,500 due 

March & April 2017: Pre-Departure Meetings and Orientation 


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

Choose one of the following:

Everyone takes:

AFST 323 Environmental Justice: (Theme Area: Social Justice)
We live in a globalized world, interconnected more than ever before. Come to Tanzania, go on safari, and change your world view as you examine environmental justice issues dealing with the protection of natural resources such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and the coastal areas in Tanzania.

AFST/CORE Astronomy: (UCOR Science)
Learn the night sky and the motions of the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets from your vantage point on the Indian Ocean - the east coast of Africa. Our location will also fuel our consideration of the rocky planets, the uniqueness of Earth, and the conditions necessary for life in the universe. Observing the African night sky with a telescope will change your sense of yourself, our planet and the solar system.

2018 Maymester Tanzania Calendar
2018 Maymester Africa: Tanzania Academic Calendar
May 12, 2018 - June 11, 2018
Saturday, May 12 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 13 Evening arrival in Dar es Salaam
May 14-15 Orientation (Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo)
May 16-18

Class meets (Astronomy)

May 18

Afternoon visit to Spiritan Catholic Museum Bagamoyo

May 19-22

Excursion (included) to Zanzibar, Stone Town, Spice Island -

Class will meet in the evenings during this excursion

May 20 Mass at the Zanzibar Cathedral and Audience with Bishop of Zanzibar
May 23-26 Class meets (Environmental Justice begins on Saturday, May 26)
May 27 Mass in Bagamoyo with the Spiritan & Catholic Community
May 28-June 2 Class meets (Astronomy & Environmental Justice)
June 3 Mass in Bagamoyo with the Spiritan & Catholic Community
June 4 Flight to Arusha and Arusha Orientation (Spiritan Guest House)
June 5 Class meets (Astronomy & Environmental Justice)
June 6-8 Safari Academic Excursion (Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro National Parks) - Classes will meet during the evenings of the excursion.
June 9 Class meets (Astronomy & Environmental Justice)
Sunday, June 10 Mass in Arusha with the Spiritan & Catholic Community. Final Celebratory Lunch.
Evening departure for the U.S.
Monday, June 11 Arrival back in Pittsburgh/U.S.
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) 6 credits of tuition
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
United HealthCare Global Emergency coverage  Included
Group Excursions Included

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

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