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Accra, Ghana

Temple Summer in Ghana

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West African Civilization and Language

We anticipate offering this program again in 2024. Program details may change.

The program is intended to investigate aspects of the historical, literary, cultural and linguistic bases of West African civilization. It offers a special opportunity for all students interested in classical and contemporary African language, history, politics, literature, music, dance and theater to learn about these subjects through academic study and personal cultural experiences. The program is based at the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra.

Program dates

Mid-June through late-July


The program takes place in Accra, a coastal city and the capital of Ghana. Originally a small fishing village, Accra became the capital of the Gold Coast in 1877. With a population of about one million, Accra is the key city for all of the nation’s governmental and business activities. 

Language of instruction


Academic program

Students enroll in two courses taught in English, for a total of six credits:

  • Undergraduates enroll in two courses, Africology and African American Studies 3010: Special Topics in African Languages (3 credits) and Africology and African American Studies 0834: Representing Race (3 credits).

  • Graduate students will register for a total of six credits, enrolling in either Africology and African American Studies 9982: Individual Research in Africology and African American Studies (6 credits), or Africology and African American Studies 5010: Special Topics in African Languages (3 credits) plus Africology and African American Studies 9982: Individual Research in Africology and African American Studies (3 credits).


Weekly field visits to important historical monuments, cultural sites and commercial enterprises in Ghana enrich the academic program.


Dr. Amari Johnson of Temple University directs the program and teaches one courses, and Dr. Abu Abarry also of Temple University, teaches the other course. 


Residence hall


Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: February 15

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