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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 31 - June 12, 2020 (Tentative)

Application Deadlines
  • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • General Deadline: February 1, 2020*
    *Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis.
Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who have:
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related coursework
    • 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 2020 course number for a total of 3 points:

  • INTE-GE 2862 Section 099 (Class # TBD) - International Development Education (3 points)

Offered through the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

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.

A draft course syllabus and itinerary for this program are available upon request to


Elisabeth King, Associate Professor of International Education


2020 Graduate Tuition: $1,795 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

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer 2020 course load and tuition

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

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2020 Housing and Activity Fees have yet to be finalized.  Participants can expect costs to be similar to 2019;

2019 Housing & Activity Fees: $1850

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Summer 2020 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.

Students 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: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe 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 details and instructions for obtaining a visa to Ghana will be provided during program orientation.

Helpful linksUS State DepartmentCenter for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide

Weather: In Accra, July temperatures tend to be similar to New York, usually in the 80°s (Fahrenheit). Visit BBC Weather for more information about local weather conditions in Accra.

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