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Study Abroad in Ghana
Dr. Ephraim Nikoi - Assistant Professor, Communication and Distance Learning - leads the Study Abroad Program in Ghana each year. What is unique about this program is that it is not only offered to students who attend classes on campus, but to students who are enrolled in Distance Learning, as well. The Study Abroad-Ghana Program is a great experience for all students. Dr. Nikoi ensures, to the best of his ability, that the learning that takes place in Ghana fits into each student's individual field of study.
Dr. Nikoi is a native of Ghana where he received his Bachelor of Social Science at KNUST. He went on to work with a program where he helped people to get jobs and find a home. He is very familiar with the culture, traditions, education system and so much more. Along with being shown the sites, Dr. Nikoi allows you to experience Ghana from a point of view that will best meet your individual needs and requirements.
Things you may expect during your experience:
This program fulfills Non-Western, Global Studies Minor, and Communications Major requirements.
A Student's Experience
Serena Kienbaum traveled to Ghana with Dr. Nikoi and several other students during the 2012-2013 Study Abroad Program. Serena, an employee at United HealthCare, worked with her employers, who are very supportive of education, to arrange for time off from work. She got a roommate which allowed her to save some money to help pay for her trip; she also received a student loan to cover the remainder of the cost. She paid her bills one month in advance and began her 28 day experience in Ghana.
Serena is a Distance Learning student with a Communicating Arts Major. Her Individual Study while in Ghana was to focus on culture, such as food, fashion, music and traditions/ceremonies. To help with her research she was able to attend a Catholic wedding and a dinner with dance and drum ceremonies (all students attended the dinner as it was a farewell ceremony).
Serena learned so many things during her stay in Ghana, including "learning to not take things for granted, and to slow down and enjoy life." One of her favorite places to visit was the Makola Market, while one of her most memorable visits was to a slave castle. She described the slave castle as a "humbling experience." She also enjoyed the lectures at the University of Winneba.
Serena's advice to students considering this opportunity, "It is very important to learn the local customs of a culture before you study abroad. This helps avoid misunderstandings and will only enhance your visit while traveling. Don't be afraid to try new things; this opens doors to a lot of experience and you will learn a lot about yourself as well."
For more information on how to become a part of this educational, life-changing experience contact Dr. Ephraim Nikoi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cherie Sawinski, UW-Superior's International Office at: email@example.com.
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