Global Affairs

Ghana: Education and Diversity: Comparative Perspectives

Gain a deeper understanding of how racial, ethnic, religious, and gender differences are addressed in Ghanaian educational systems. Visit schools, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations and examine how education in Ghana has changed over time. You’ll engage in discussions about what the educational systems of Ghana and the United States can learn from one another. Trips to cultural sites round out the program.


Accra, Ghana

Program Dates:

July 11 - July 31, 2016

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Sunday, December 8, 2015

Round 2: Sunday, February 9, 2016

Round 3: Sunday, March 22, 2016

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students
           ○       96+ earned credits
           ○       related course work
           ○       approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • History of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Teaching and Learning
  • International Education
  • Education and Social Policy

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for 3 to 6 credits based on their academic standing. Students should consult with their academic advisor for approval.

Undergraduate students register for HSED-UE 1028 Section 099 (Class Number: TBD) (4 points)

Graduate Students and undergraduates (with 96+ credits only) register for a total of 3 or 6 credits from the following options:

TESOL-GE 2039 Section 098 (Class Number: TBD) - Advanced Individual Projects in MMS (3 points).

LANED-GE 2005 Section 098 (Class Number: TBD) - Intercultural Perspectives in Multicultural Education (3 points).

ENGED-GE 2191 Section 099 (Class Number: TBD) - New Perspectives on the Teaching of English (3 points)

ENGED-GE 2300 Section 098 (Class Number: TBD) - Independent Study - Texts and Teaching for Diverse Learning Needs (3 points). 

SOCED-GE 2145 Section 099 (Class Number: TBD) - Humanities and Social Sciences (3 points).

SOCED-GE 2140 Section 098 (Class Number: TBD) - Culminating Seminar: History and Social Studies Workshop (3 points).

INTE-GE 2300 Section 099 (Class Number: TBD) - Independent Study in International Education (3 points).

Offered through the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions

Draft 2014 Syllabus 

Draft 2014 Itinerary 


Jonathan Zimmerman, PhD, MA

Professor of Educational History, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


2016 Graduate Tuition: $1,538 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: if enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2016 Housing Fees: TBD

2016 Activity Fees: TBD

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Students will live in one of two shared occupancy complexes managed by NYU Accra: Church Crescent or Solomon’s Lodge.  Accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Accra typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: Visa required for all U.S. citizens, which requires copy of valid Yellow Fever Vaccination card. See Ghana Consulate in New York. Further deatils and instructions for obtaining a visa to Ghana will be provided during program orientation.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: In Accra, July temperatures tend to be similar to New York, usually in the 80°s (Fahrenheit).

Helpful Links: BBC Weather