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During Maymester 2007, Clemson Students will have the unique opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary study abroad program in Ghana. Designed in coordination with the University of Ghana in Legon, Clemson’s Maymester in Ghana program combines elements from the domains of history, political science, literature, musicology, ecology, and the social sciences. During the 18-day program, participants will experience Ghanaian culture firsthand in a variety of social settings while earning 3 credits in Pan African Studies or International Studies (IS 210).
In Accra, participants will attend lectures-discussions with faculty from the University of Ghana in which they will learn about history, politics, gender relations, music and religious and cultural patterns in Ghana. Outside the space of the classroom, participants will visit important national heritage sites including the National Museum, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the National Cultural Centre and the DuBois Centre for Pan-African Culture. In addition, they will visit a local NGO and have the opportunity to work alongside Ghanaians in a community service project benefiting the citizens of Accra.
Participants will also travel to Cape Coast and Elmina, where they will visit Cape Coast Castle and St. George’s Castle (which served as the primary hub for the Dutch West Indies Company). Preserved in the present era as UNESCO world heritage sites, the Castles serve as poignant reminders of the atrocities and injustices of the transatlantic slave trade. It is an important voyage for every American to make.
After the emotionally-charged visits to Cape Coast and St. George’s Castle, participants will visit the Kakum National Park, where they will have the opportunity to brave the rainforest canopy walk. Constructed with a series of rope bridges, the canopy walk takes visitors up, down and through the multiple layers of the rainforest’s flora and fauna.
In Kumasi, the heart of the Ashanti culture, participants will learn about the traditional and contemporary cultural practices of the Ashanti people. There, they will be able to visit Kente and Adinkra production sites, as well as Manhyia Palace, the Prempeh II Museum, the Kejetia Market (arguably the largest open-air market in West Africa) and the Cultural Centre.
Of course, there will be plenty of time for participants to relax and explore!
The program takes place at the University Modern Language Center, Centro de Lenguas Modernas, located in the central and typically “granadino” district of the “Realejo,” which is housed in the historic palace of Santa Cruz (16th century) which has been especially restored for teaching purposes.
This trip is perfect for learners at all level. Within each Intensive Spanish Language Course, there are four different Knowledge levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior. Each level has two subdivisions (A and B). All courses consist of four teaching hours per day. Students are placed in one of eight levels according to a placement test. The minimum number of students per group is 5 and the average number is usually 12.
Students will also enjoy guided trips to Seville and Cordoba.