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  • Locations: Tamale, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Other Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Sustainable Development
Prerequisite(s): SD 2700 College: College of Fine & Applied Arts
Credits: 6 credits Class Standing: Junior, Senior
Program Description:

Summer Community Practicum in Ghana!


The University for Development Studies (UDS) was established in May 1992 to blend the academic world with that of the community in order to provide constructive and meaningful interaction between the two for the total Development of Northern Ghana, in particular, and Ghana as whole. The University's principal objective is to address and find solutions to the environmental problems and socio-economic deprivations that have characterized northern Ghana in particular and are also found in some rural areas throughout the rest of the country.


Tamale is the capital city of the Northern region of Ghana. The city is home to about 350,000 people. It is a nodal city that serves as convergence zone as well as the commercial capital of the three northern regions.  Students on the UDS Summer Community Practicum program will be placed in communities around the Tamale area.

Academic Calendar

  • Summer 2019: Late May to Mid July (expected Summer 19 dates - 5/20 to 7/18)


During the community practicum orientation students will stay in UDS campus housing.  For the field practicum students will be living in local communities. Most community placements will be fairly basic with shared community toilets and basic bathing facilities.  Students will purchase their own mattress during the orientation and will cook for themselves with other UDS students.  Most communities will not have internet access but students will be able to use local mobile networks.  


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Summer 2019  
1UDS Program Fee $800
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
International Health Insurance $85
Intl Health Dev Fee $60
1The UDS program fee includes tuition, registration, accommodation, orientation, transportation to and from community placements, monitoring and assessment, and certificate of participation.  
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
Summer 2019  
1Airfare $1400 - $1800
Meals $200 - $300
2Personal Expenses $200 - $400
Visa $80 - $300
3Immunizations $150 - $500
Passport $150
1Students will fly to Accra on the same flight and will then continue on to Tamale. The final flight cost will be determined once the tickets are purchased.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, bedding, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Immunization cost will vary based upon students' immunization history. Common immunizations include Yellow Fever and Malaria medication.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


On the UDS Summer Community Practicum program students will spend the first week in Tamale receiving an orientation to the region and the community placements.  Students will then enter their communities with other UDS students and will spend approximately 6-7 weeks completing their community practicum.  This program is primarily open to Sustainable Development majors and minors but other students may be able to apply with permission.  All students participating in this summer program will be required to complete the Appalachian spring course SD4548 Endogenous Development: Appalachia to Ghana. Students will also be expected to have previously completed SD 2700 Development Theory and Practice.  

SD3531 Practicum in Endogenous Development - 3 credits
SD3650 Methods in Development - 3 credits
Students should speak to the Sustainable Development department if they are looking to receive credit for different SD courses. .

For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.