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Social Development in Developing Countries: Ghana

June 14th - July 26th, 2013

This field-based course in Accra, Ghana introduces social work students to the social development approach through placements in social welfare and community-based programs run by both governmental and non-governmental (NGOs) agencies. Through this program, social work students can earn 280 field hours toward an undergraduate or graduate field practicum.

The organizations' focus areas include outreach for street children, juvenile/probation services, residential facilities for delinquent boys and girls, rehabilitation for physically disabled persons, hospital-related social work, community development programs, women and children's services, orphanages and HIV/AIDS services. An MSW field coordinator in Accra will place students in various social welfare agencies/NGOs for the duration of the program.


  • Examine global issues in social work
  • Work directly with clients through field placements with various social welfare agencies
  • Apply social work theoretical principles in a different cultural setting
  • Observe the social and community development model in action
  • Opportunities to visit area attractions, including slave castles, a monkey sanctuary, beautiful beaches and Kakum National Park


  • This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Social Work.
  • PRE-REQUISITE: Students must complete SW 444 prior to participating in this program. 

Academic Credit

  • UK sponsored programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in SW 445: Educational Practicum II (8 hours) or SW 580: Topical Seminar in SW: Social Development in Ghana (3 hours).
  • Graduate students will enroll in SW 740: Mental Health Concentration Practicum II (4 hours) or SW 741: Family & Community Concentration Practicum I (4 hours)
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 hour)

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be housed in shared student residence.
  • Participants will be responsible for all meals on their own and will have access to kitchen facilities. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 

  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The UK Wildcat ID Center, in the UK Student Center, accepts U.S. Passport applications. For more information about U.S. Passport applications please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Ghana and have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of return. Please consult the Ghanaian Embassy website or your Education Abroad advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Travel Medical Insurance
All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information.

For More Information
For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Marie-Antionette Sossou, faculty member in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Sossou will be directing the program.
  • Ms. Abby Hollander, Education Abroad Advisor,