A Gateway to Africa

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Ghana is the earliest of the known empires of Western Sudan in history. This was first mentioned by Al-Fazari, an Arab geographer in AD 773 in his book Al-Masudi, where he referred to it as “a land of gold.” Ghana is so ancient and significant that it is the only Empire of the Western Sudan that is found on the first Islamic world map produced by a Persian geographer, Mohammed Khwariz-mi, in the ninth century. Ghana is also one of the most significant Sub-Saharan countries in the study of African slavery. This is in part because of its preservation of the most historical “Gate of No Return,” the seaport from which many of the African slaves left to the Western world through the middle passage.

Through this study abroad program, we seek to acquaint our students with the history and culture of Ghana in West Africa, as well as exposing them to larger topics pertaining to Pan-Africanism and the Diaspora. English is a major language of Ghana, but students will also learn some basic phrases in the native language before departure.

Academic Program

STA 200 is a one-, two- or three-credit course. The eight-day study trip is preceded by two mandatory pre-trip classroom sessions and three mandatory orientation sessions, all on the campus of Dominican University. The itinerary demonstrates the wide variety of sites and cultural activities included in the tour. Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course.

Participation in this study abroad program fulfills the multi-cultural requirement for Dominican students, as well as a requirement for the Black World Studies major/minor. . Students who register for three credits are also eligible to earn their Philosophy are requirement.

Complete online application:

  • Application includes forms to complete, items to read, documents to sign, and two DU faculty recommendations forms.
  • After acceptance, a medical form completed by a physician will be due at time of deposit (November 13, 2018)
  • Deadline to apply: October 30, 2018
Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Currently enrolled students: $3850
  • Tuition included in full-time enrollment up to 18 credits
  • Part-time or non-Dominican University students: TBA
  • Personal expenses: $250 (estimated)

All costs include:

  • Round-trip airfare Chicago–Accra
  • Housing
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Land travel
  • Services of a guide
  • Health insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine

Due to fluctuation of exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • State, federal and Dominican aid is applicable.
  • Although additional scholarship funds are not available, students may elect to file for additional loans. Please see a Dominican University Financial Aid Officer about your options.
Requirements and Eligibility
  • Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior standing, and qualified adults.
  • 2.5 Dominican University GPA. Freshmen must attain a 2.5 GPA during the fall semester.
  • Students must attend at least one information session.
Excursions, Housing and Transportation

Under no circumstances will students be permitted to travel independently. All excursions and site visits will be with the group and the directors.


Students will stay in hotels and guesthouses similar to bed and breakfasts during their stay in Ghana.

  • Group flight arranged by program directors who will accompany participants.
  • Airfare is included in program costs.
For more information, please contact:

Nkuzi Nnam
Program Director

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