This program is offered by Oakland University’s Center for International Programs and the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. It begins with two weeks of classes on campus to prepare for the trip and is followed by one month of study in Ghana at the Dagara Music Center, located in Medie just north of Ghana’s
Capital city, Accra.
Eight days of in-class instruction at Oakland University will provide students with a historical, cultural, and aesthetic context for our travels in Ghana.
At the Dagara Music Center, daily lessons will include the study of traditional drumming, gyil (Dagara xylophone), dance, and song, as well as traditional arts and crafts. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue a research project on a topic of their choice.
- Undergraduate students: sign up for IS 410 for 4 credits
- Graduate students: sign up for MUS 590 for 2 credits.
We will travel throughout the county as we explore the many historical sites, wildlife areas, and cultural treasures of Ghana including:
- Cape Coast Castle
- Anomabu Beach Resort
- Kakum National Park
- Mole National ParkKintampo Falls
- Asantehene’s Palace and Museum
- Wa Naa’s Palace
- Nandom Naa’s Palace
- Nandom Church
- Kumasi Art Center
- Accra Art Center
- Club 233
- National Museum
- Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
- University of Ghana
Students are required to have a month’s supply of Malarone, the most effective anti-malarial medicine for the country of Ghana. No other anti-malarial medications will be accepted.
A yellow fever vaccine and a passport with student Visa are required by the Ghanaian government to enter the country.
Vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Polio, and Meningococcal are also strongly recommended.
For our studies at OU, all students will need the textbook Music and Dance Traditions of Ghana: History, Performance and Teaching.
For our studies in Ghana all students will need a journal and a video or audio recorder.
There are no prerequisite courses, GPA, or class level requirements to take part in this trip.
However, students must demonstrate a clear desire to learn about the arts and culture of Ghana. As part of the application process, students will be asked to complete an essay describing how the study abroad experience in Ghana relates to their academic and career goals and how they hope to personally benefit from this experience.
Students must also provide two letters of recommendation and a physician’s certificate of good health as part of their application.