Study Abroad in Ghana: Cost & Benefits
Study abroad in Ghana with Sankofa Music Immersion, offered through Vanderbilt University’s Immersion Vanderbilt Program. Volunteer and participate on excursions to museums, islands, botanical gardens, waterfalls, and more.
Admission on all SankofaMusicImmersion study abroad in Ghana programs is rolling, meaning enrollment is first-come, first-served.
$2,750 course fee includes:
- lodging for all 14 days
- all meals and bottled water for 1 week at the Sankofa Cultural Institute, plus breakfast all other days
- 25 hours of instruction
- all major in-country transport
- select cultural events
- Pre-departure advising and airport pickup/drop-off
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Complimentary use of personal international mobile phone
- Airfare: $1,500-$2,200* (estimated)
- Meals and bottled water when not at the Sankofa Cultural Center: $125 (estimated)
- Additional private instruction (optional): $100 ($10/hour)
- Mobile phone call credit: $15 (estimated)
- Vaccinations/immunizations: depends on insurance
- International travel health insurance: $30-$45
- Visa fee: $60
- Transcripting fee: $175 (if taking course for credit)
*Based on past prices. Airfare to Ghana can fluctuate dramatically.
Typical Day in Ghana
Mon - Thursday
7:00 AM – Breakfast
8:00 AM – Morning town visit
9:00 – 11:00 AM – Dance Classes
11:00 AM – Free Time
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 PM – Excursions, private lessons
3:00 PM – Free Time
4:00 – 6:00 PM – Drumming Class
6:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM – Open rehearsal, small performances
Accra city tour
ACCRA | ACCRA CITY TOUR | DR. KWAME NKRUMAH PARK | PAN- AFRICANIST DUBOIS CENTRE
The tour of the nation’s capital, Accra, will consist of the following:
- Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, first President of Ghana
- National Museum of History and Ethnography
- The W.E.B. Du Bois Center
- BAZAAR – Accra Art & Craft Market
CAPE COAST | KAKUM NATIONAL PARK | ELIMINA CASTLE | ASSIN MANSO SLAVE MARKET | SLAVE RIVER
Saturday – May 2528, 2022
After breakfast depart to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana; with a stop at Kakum National Park; one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. This provides an unforgettable “Jungle” experience amidst the tropical vegetation and wildlife. The forest provides the opportunity to see much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, rare butterflies, flora and fauna monkeys. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway, which is made up of seven bridges extending 330 meters and hanging 30 meters above the forest floor. Lunch at Hans Cottage Botel. In Cape Coast go on a City Tour of Elmina City drive through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor see the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a perfect opportunity for the photographers in the group.
On to the Elmina Castle. Here castle operators will guide us through all the Slave Dungeons with lectures. The Elimina castle is the first castle to be built in the Sub Saharan region and its the oldest castle in West Africa. Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica; and the slave river where slaves take their bath before sent to the markets for slave masters to buy them.
WESTHILLS MALL | Kokrobite NIGHT BEACH
A great time at the West Hills Mall which happens to be the biggest mall in West Africa with variety of products. A tour at the mall will give you an experience about how the shopping mall systems in Africa is and products. A night at the Kokrobite Beach will be a place to chill up and enjoy the moon zoon wind and taste the glimpse of the gulf of guenie. Horse riding and bonfires at night at the beach is a perfect place to be.
Visit to the Accra Mall and shop at the Art Center
In the Ghanaian society there are certain tribes like Ashanti, Ga’s, Dagomba’s and most of them who have a symbolic culture of drumming which signifies and have meanings of the sounds of the drum. In the olden days drums were used as a medium of communication between Kings and their people. In the Ashanti tribe they have what is called “THE TALKING DRUM”. It was used to call soldiers and the people to ready for attack when there was an external aggression by an enemy. Whenever that drum is heard , the people knew that its time for war. There are different type of drums and some are also used for entertainment. With this tour on this very session we have a time with cultural performance group which perform by their drums and dances.