• Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Agriculture, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Public Health, Community and Non-Profit Leadership

Classroom Language



Students will stay in various accommodations, including conference centers, a training center or small hotels. 

Program Duration

Mid May - Early June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  11/17/2017
Extended Deadline: 12/1/2017

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Ghana, Multiple
UW Ghanaian Health & Food Systems: Human, Agricultural, & Environmental Health

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The UW Ghanaian Health and Food Systems program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Science (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

Spend three exciting weeks traveling through four unique regions in southern Ghana with two UW - Madison program leaders.  Mary Crave has deep roots in Ghana and works with the UW-Madison Global Health Institute and 4W (Women, Wellbeing in Wisconsin and the World) initiative on international projects, centered on health, wellbeing, and girls’ education and empowerment.  Erin Schneider co-owns a CSA farm, and coordinates multi-farm research project through the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

As the first independent country in sub-Saharan Africa in 1957, Ghana was a founding country in the Economic Community of West African States.  Today, while 60% of Ghanaians are employed in agriculture, there is an increasingly urbanized population, especially in the Kumasi and Accra regions.  Rural to urban migration imposes challenges to environmental resources, food production and systems, as well as community health. 

Through hands-on experiences with youth and adults, and daily debriefings with program leaders and fellow students, you will have many opportunities for reflecting on your experience and learning new skills.  Students will be challenged to think critically about how politics, inequity, poverty, education, and economics influence food systems and environmental and human health.  Through partnerships and activities with non-profits such as Days for Girls, 4-H, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development, and others, you will gain a deeper understanding of the complex socio-cultural, political, and economic factors influencing human, agricultural, and environmental health in a low income country.  Daily debriefings with program leaders and fellow students will provide ample opportunity for reflection on your experience.

All students, including participants on the study abroad program, can apply for one of two internship positions at Days for Girls in Accra, Ghana.  This five to six week internship, starting in late May to early June, will focus on supporting the work of the organization as it aims to reach 15,000 middle school girls with education and menstrual hygiene materials.  For more details, see UW's International Internship Program page for the Community Health Outreach Intern.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

•Identify and describe the multiple and complex socio-cultural, political and economic factors that influence human, agricultural and environmental health in a low-income country.

•Describe the relationships between the components of human and environmental health and food systems.

•Practice community engagement skills by working side by side with local populations during site and community visits.

•Develop and articulate a general world view as a citizen and personal philosophy of integrated “health” and “wellbeing”.