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Study Abroad West Africa: Sierra Leone & Ghana

This three-week study abroad will take place over Maymester in the picturesque West African nations of Sierra Leone and Ghana, spending 1.5 weeks in each country. The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the diversity, challenges and progress in development within West Africa. For the Maymester course, students will have the opportunity to study and experience cultures, politics, economics and health care issues in the two countries. To prepare for the study abroad, the program leaders will host pre-departure orientation meetings in the preceding spring semester that will include readings about cultures and customs, political systems and economics, and health care issues pertinent to both Sierra Leone and Ghana. In addition, students will be introduced to African colonial and post-colonial history. For the duration of the stay, students will be introduced to the different perspectives related to culture, healthcare, economics and politics, thus facilitating the development of cultural competency.

Preliminary Itinerary:



Type of Activity

Spring 2013

CCU On-Site

CCU Meetings

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CCU On-Site

Pre-departure orientation

Sunday, May 12, 2013

CCU On-Site

Pre-departure orientation

Monday, May 13, 2013

CCU On-Site

Pre-departure orientation

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Leave Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Freetown, SL

Arrive, Sierra Leone

Thursday, May 16, 2013


US Embassy Registration/Tour of Freetown

Friday, May 17, 2013


Ministry of Health & Sanitation
Ministry of Finance & Economic Development
Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Vsao Foundation: Service Learning Project
Group Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Excursions: Historical Tour of Freetown & Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and River #2 w/ sustainable economies of Sierra Leone 

Monday, May 20, 2013


MCH/Marine Stopes; Campaign for Good Governance

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


UNICEFF & WFP; Hospital Blue Shadowing Shield &/OR Parliamentary Proceedings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Travel to Bo/Kenema

Bo Hospital Tour/Children HPRO activity

Thursday, May 23, 2013



Friday, May 24, 2013


Village tours of hospitals & schools; Feeding Chiefdoms

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Return to Freetown

Exam 2

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Leave Sierra Leone

Arrive Accra, Ghana

Excursions: Tour of Accra, Ghana

Monday, May 27, 2013

Accra, Ghana

Tour of Accra
Museum, Understanding Pan Africanism

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Accra, Ghana

Hospital Tours: Government/Public & Private Teaching Hospital (Korle Bu)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Accra, Ghana

Ghana Parliamentary Proceedings & Ministers Meetings

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Leave Accra

Arrive Elmina, Ghana

Crafts Market

Friday, May 31, 2013

Elmina, Ghana
Cape Coast, Ghana

Session: Environmental Health & Justice; Kakum National Park; Cape Coast Castles

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Travel to Kumasi, Ghana
Group Dinner

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kumasi, Ghana

Excursions: Lake Bosumtwi

Monday, June 3, 2013

Kumasi, Ghana

Sustainable economies: Products & Services

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Kumasi, Ghana

Pre-modern Markets: Gold and Fabric Markets

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Travel back to Accra, Ghana 

June 6, 2013


Leave Accra for Myrtle Beach

June 7, 2013 

Arrive Myrtle Beach


June 8, 2013 


Last day of Maymester & Final Exam and Reports Due 

Meet the Program Leaders

Fredanna M'Cormack

Dr. Fredanna M'Cormack is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion in the Department of Health Sciences at Coastal Carolina University. Professor M'Cormack is originally from Sierra Leone, where she routinely continues to travel and conduct research on maternal and child health and improving access to health services. Professor M'Cormack led a group of CCU students to Sierra Leone for two weeks during Maymester 2011.  In addition to Sierra Leone, Professor M'Cormack also travels to other African countries including Kenya (where she lived for 15 years), Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, and Liberia. 

Richard Aidoo

Dr. Richard Aidoo is an Assistant Professor of Politics and a co-advisor of the Global Studies program in the Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina  University. He is from the Central Region of Ghana and visits to see family and do research almost every summer. His main research looks at economic development efforts in sub-Saharan Africa via relations with Asian economies. Dr. Aidoo is an advisor to the African Public Policy Research Centre  in Toronto. He also works on development research projects with different organizations, in various parts of Africa.  Dr. Aidoo has also assisted in a study abroad program to Ghana (as a graduate assistant in Miami University, Ohio).  In Ghana, the program will have some well-trained facilitators and in-country coordinators to help with the diverse projects and interests of students.


Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.  The general application deadline is Nov. 30, 2012, but some programs may be full by this deadline and so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

How do I apply for the program?

Applications for all short-term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: https://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad/application/.  Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, academic reference, and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts.  Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs.  The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

When does this program take place?

This is a Maymester program and takes place May 13 - June 6, 2013.

What is the cost of this study abroad program?

The cost of this program is $5,575 and includes:

  • Lodging and breakfast abroad
  • Three group dinners
  • International Air and local transportation
  • Excursions
  • Health and Liability insurance
  • Visa costs

Additional cost not included in the program fees include:

  • Immunizations ($550)
  • Pictures for visas
  • passport
  • Extra spending money and miscellaneous ($1,000)

Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $290 per credit hour. Maymester tuition bills are due on May 9, 2013

When are payments due for the program?


$500 due with application

Second Payment

Dec. 14, 2012 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Third Payment

Jan. 18, 2013- 1/3 of remaining balance

Fourth Payment

Feb. 15, 2013- pay remaining balance

Final Payment – tuition only

May 9, 2013

All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study abroad program.  The payment due dates are fixed.  If payments are not received on or before the due dates, students will be dropped from the program.

What is the refund policy?

If after submitting your application and paying the $500 deposit, you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded within two weeks.  If Coastal Carolina University finds it necessary to cancel the program, all payments made will be refunded.  In the event the participant finds it necessary to cancel, we will make every effort to refund monies paid, less the $500 deposit and any funds already committed to vendors for the program.

How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

One credit hour is offered to students who have either graduated, do not need the credits towards graduating or are participating in the program as non-traditional students.   All other students will enroll for 3 credits

HPRO 375: Global Health Perspectives (1 or 3 credits)

POLI 348: Introduction to Africa (1 or 3  credits)

Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

Both of the courses in this program have been approved to fulfill Goal 5b requirements.

Are there any prerequisites for this study?

HPRO 375: HPRO 121, or permission of the instructor.

POLI 348: POLI 101, or permission of the instructor.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

The Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award is available to assist graduates of accredited high schools in Horry County to participate in these programs.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO A SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the Summer short-term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall.  Scholarship applications are due in the Office of International Programs by Nov. 2, 2012.  The applications for the scholarship can be accessed here: Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, 2012-13   .

Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.  Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for your destination.

What are the physical demands of this program?

There will be very limited physical demands, as vehicles will transport students around in both countries.  City walking will be limited and only to leave the vehicle to program destinations.


For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services

Geoffrey Parsons, M.Ed.
Director, International Programs & Services
843-349-2054 / parsons@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119

Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119