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Ramapo College - Ghana: Social Work in West Africa
Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 01/27/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/03/2020 05/11/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline of Study: Social Work Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Status: Graduate student
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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs

"Ghana - Social Work in West Africa"


Term: Spring Semester
Program Base:  Kumasi, Ghana
Credits: 3 (graduate) 
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: MSW Student
  • All Ramapo College MSW students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.


Course Goals & Objectives

This study abroad program is designed for students who have an interest in social work. The number of students is capped, so apply early. Prior to starting the program, there will be a series of pre-departure orientation sessions (attendance is mandatory). The program faculty and international education professionals will give a brief overview of the country, politics, and social work practices. They will also review standards of behavior expected of all students. The course faculty will share prior experiences with working in Ghana and provide protocol expectations. Upon return, students will attend a debriefing session on campus.

The objective of this study abroad program to Ghana, West Africa is to expose students to differences in social work environments and the cultural implications for communities. This program offers a comprehensive overview of community social work in Ghana as well as introduction to African civilization, society, and culture. By the end of the study abroad program, students will appreciate the impact that politics play on the delivery of social work in west Africa. 

Course Description

Students will travel from Ramapo College – New Jersey to Ghana. They will reside and visit three main locations in Ghana: Kumasi (the main program base), Cape Coast & Accra. In each location, visits and guest lectures will allow the students to get first-hand contact and converse with members of the local and international social work communities, officials, as well as African students and academicians. Our academic base for the program will be at Ramapo's partner institution Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi. The study abroad program will also include guided tours of major historical and tourist attractions. 

Learning Outcome

Upon return to RCNJ after experiential learning opportunities students will make presentations to students and faculty groups about their lived experiences.
This program is in keeping with Ramapo’s mission of international education, intercultural understanding, and experiential learning opportunities. On return from this trip, students will be able to:
  • Draw comparisons between their own culture and that of Ghanaians
  • Analyze the social needs in the population of Ghana
  • Differentiate between the social work systems in the US and Ghana 
  • Identify the role of the social worker within Ghana 
  • Compare and contrast social work practices between their own environments and that of Ghana

Student Assessment

The final grade will be based on two assignments: your field log and the production of a community assessment document that will be used to compare social work in Ghana with that of your local community.


Manhyia Palace Museum (Kumasi)
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi)
Kumasi Cultural Centre (Kumasi)
Elmina Castle (Cape Coast)
Kakum Park (Cape Coast)


Students will reside in local guesthouses close to the University in Kumasi, and hotels in Accra and Cape Coast.

[Program Cost]

Program fee: $TBD
Program fee includes: r/t airfare to Ghana; tuition for 3 graduate credits; lodging; most meals; comprehensive international health insurance; entry visa fees; all excursions and entrance fees. 
Program fee does not include: U.S. airport transfers, some meals, immunization costs and personal expenses

Payment Timeline

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$500 Deposit (non-refundable)


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Late Fee

A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office. Note: There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.



Scholarships are available for eligible applicants:


Cardacia Davis
MSW/BSW Field Educational/Education Coordinator
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For further information, contact

The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533

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