Global Affairs

Ghana: International Development and Education

Using Accra as a case study, this course focuses on the practical questions of international development, while also considering how our practical experience and observations relate to normative and theoretical questions in international development and education as well as broader empirical study.  Previous experience in research methods is highly beneficial. We will intersperse our classes with site visits and interactions with schools, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The questions guiding class sessions and individual student research include: How do local and international actors think about the role of education in international development, and how does this translate to practice? What are the practical challenges and opportunities of implementing education programming in Ghana? What programs and approaches are most successful and why? What can we learn from the Ghanaian experience that may inform our broader understanding of education and international development? 

Students who wish to do so may register to stay on after the class to conduct an internship at one of the many organizations committed to international development and/or in education in Accra. Opportunities include formal and informal education; international organizations; local and community-driven development; and a position at NYU Accra. A separate course number and fees are associated with this program. A separate application is required. Visit our Intern Abroad: International Education program page for more information.


Accra, Ghana

Program Dates:

May 28 - June 9, 2018

Application Deadlines:

Effective April 2, this program is closed and no longer accepting applications

Who Can Participate:

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

Related Areas of Study:

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

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


Students register for the following Summer 2018 course number for a total of 3 points:

INTE-GE.2862 Section 099 (Class #2095) - International Development Education - (3 points)

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample: International_Dev_Edu_Course-_Ghana_syllabus 

Frequently Asked Questions: International Education in Ghana


Elisabeth King, Associate Professor of International Education


2018 Graduate Tuition: $1,660 per point plus registration and services fees.

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer 2018 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Summer 2018.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing Fee: $650

2018 Activity Fee: $650

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Summer 2018 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 reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Travel, Visa, and Other 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

Admitted Student Resources: click here.