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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 McNulty College of Liberal Arts. This four-week program will allow students of all majors to experience the country and unique culture of Ghana. 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 strenghtens 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 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 2019 session are being accepted. Start your application today 

Fall Semester 2018: Apply and make your deposit $500 to hold your spot

January 31, 2019: 2nd Deposit of $1,500 due 

March & April 2019: Pre-Departure Meetings and Orientation. Balance due prior to departure.

How to make your deposit

All deposits can be made through your student account. You can access your student account through DORI at www.duq.edu/dori. In order for your spot to be held, you MUST provide your electronic receipt via email to Danielle Genemore(genemored@duq.edu) or bring a paper copy to 601 Duquesne Union.


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

Everyone takes:

AFST 281 African Religion or AFST 282 Faith and Reason in a Global Context: (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. You will explore 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 religous rituals and practices, this course seeks to give greater insight and understanding into the reasoning, practices and expressions of African religions.

HIST 231 or AFST 231 Pre-Colonial Africa: Slavery & Human Trafficking (Theme Area: Social Justice).                                 

This course examines African history from the development of human civilization to the 1800s. It is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the cultures, history, social structures and political organizations of Sub-Saharan Africa. This Maymester course will have a specific focus on domestic slavery, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and other forms of human trafficking on the continent. Moreover, this course will analyze the how women and girls figured into the history of the enslaved.

2019 Maymester Ghana Calendar
2019 Maymester Africa: Ghana Academic Calendar

May 11 -  June 9, 2019

Saturday, May 11 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 12 Arrive in Accra, Ghana
Monday, May 13 Orientation & Classes Begin
Tuesday-Friday, May 15-26

Academic and Cultural Activities

Saturday, May 27

Academic Excursion

Monday-Thursday, May 29-31

Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday-Monday, June 1-4 Academic Excursion
Tuesday-Thursday, June 5-6 Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday, June 7 Return to Accra
Sunday, June 9 Depart Ghana for USA
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 + $500 Study Abroad Fee
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.)