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Ramapo College - Ghana: African American Relations
Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Restrictions: RCNJ applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Program Description:
Program Description:

African American Relations with Ghana

[Program Overview]

Term: Spring Break
Location: Kumasi & Cape Coast & Accra, Ghana
Credits: 4
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Prerequisites: This is a 400 upper level African American studies course (AFST 490) which will require permission of instructor for registration.
  • All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.

[Course Overview]

The African American Relations with Ghana-Travel Program is a component of the Topics course entitled African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) 4.0 credits. To participate in the Ghana Travel program students must be enrolled in the Topics course - African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) for the Spring semester.  Students enrolled in the course will participate in classroom based learning at Ramapo College over the course of the Spring semester and travel to Ghana during Spring Break. The course will provide students with unique opportunities to travel and explore the vibrant and diverse country of Ghana, often recognized as the most stable democracy in Africa. Participants will witness some of the primary sites of the country. In partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, students will engage in cultural and service learning activities. Students will work to achieve the following goals and objectives:

The goal of the African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) course is designed to provide an opportunity for Ramapo College students to learn the service, culture and society of Ghana by engaging in classroom discussions and by participating in impactful international community service.  The course will be offered as a Hybrid and provide a balance of academic research, community service, and cultural exchange. Students will meet in person once a month on campus for two hours and travel to Ghana during Spring Break. In Ghana students will reside, work and conduct research at KNUST in Kumasi. Participants will complete an intense research project and impactful community service.


  • To enhance the student’s identity and self-awareness as it relates to the African Diaspora;
  • To engage students in the process of academic research and impactful and community service in Ghana a developing country; and 
  • To identify topics of interest for further research on Ghana.


$3075 per student (*plus tuition)

Cost includes: round-trip international airfare, most meals, accommodations, entrance fees to all tourist attractions, entry visa to Ghana and comprehensive international health & security insurance.
Cost does NOT include: 4 credits (part of your Spring course load); some meals, U.S. airport transfers, vaccinations and personal expenses.

*Please note, you will be registered for this course for the Spring term. You are eligible to take a maximum of 18 credits each semester, so when registering for the Spring term, if you exceed the 18 credit maximum, you will be charged overload credit charges for each credit over. Therefore, to avoid paying additional tuition charges for the Spring term, leave 4 credits available for this course. Note to non-Ramapo applicants, if you are not a New Jersey resident, then you will be assessed the out-of-state tuition fees. 

[Payment & Forms Timeline]

Commitment &
$200 Deposit (non-refundable)
November 30
Payment #1: $950 December 21
Payment #2: $950
Medical Forms (online)
Yellow Fever Vaccination
January 18
Payment #3: $975 February 15
Late Fees
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:


Dr. Karl Johnson
Associate Professor of African American Studies
B 136


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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