If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

International Development in Ghana

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Accra, Ghana
Course # SA 11003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/07/23 to 05/28/23

Program Leader

Name David Tsetse
Email david.tsetse@crs.org
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

This program will introduce students to international development in Ghana through learning directly from professionals and community members, experiencing the work environment and lifestyle of development professionals on the ground, and identifying key skillsets required for international development work. We will witness first-hand the work of the Ghanian government, United Nations (UN) agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as they address issues like water, sanitation, hygiene, and the environment in both rural and urban settings. Putting into practice interdisciplinary and critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, and cultural intelligence skills, students will have opportunities to contribute to the analysis, design, and evaluation of programs, visit project sites, and engage with community members. In addition to studying critical aspects of international development work in a developing country context, we will explore and experience Ghana’s rich culture through visits to Elimina Castle, Accra Market, Aburi Botanical Garden, and other historical, cultural, and natural sites.



Please contact the faculty program leader, Dr. David Tsetse (david.tsetse@crs.org), with questions about this experience in Ghana! For questions about the application and enrollment process, please contact Dr. Renée Gaarder (rgaarder@purdue.edu), Program Assistant for Academic and International Affairs in the John Martinson Honors College.


Callout on Demand!

You are invited to attend the next callout for this program on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 5.00pm in HCRS 1060 (South Reading Room). Alternatively, you can view the callout "on demand" from mid-September here!

Academic Credit

Participants earn 6 HONR credits through this program.


A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to enroll in all HONR courses. This program is open to all Purdue students, though members of the John Martinson Honors College may be given priority.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated program fee is $3,460.

  • Includes: program fee; accommodations; some meals; day trips, entrances, and other course activities; airport transfers; ground transportation; and international medical insurance.
  • Does not include: airfare and some meals.


Purdue Moves Scholarship

Participants who are US citizens or permanent residents are strongly encouraged to apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship through the MyStudyAbroad system. Purdue Moves awards are based on total family income and require having a FAFSA on file. For this Maymester program, participants are eligible for the following amounts of scholarship funding.

- Total family income of $75,000 or less: $2200 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $75,001 to $100,000: $1700 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $100,001 to $125,000: $1000 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $125,001 to $150,000: $500 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $150,001 or greater: Ineligible

For complete details on eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/aid/details.cfm?scholarid=228. Additional financial aid information can be found below!

Please do NOT make any financial commitments toward the program (such as purchasing airfare) until instructed by the program leader. Neither the John Martinson Honors College nor Purdue University will be liable for refunds should programs be canceled owing to mitigation measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Deadline

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Once an application has been moved into "accepted" status, payment of the deposit ($500) formally reserves a place in the program.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.