Journalism in Ghana
2021 Program Dates
Student Arrival: TBC
Student Departure: TBC
*Please note that housing is provided for the exact dates of the program. If a student wishes to arrive earlier or depart later, the student will need to find their own accommodations.
Located in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana stands out as one of the most politically and economically stable as well as culturally vibrant countries on the continent. The capital city of Accra is an intriguing blend of successful modernity and rich colonial history.
Journalism in Ghana is an intensive six-week experience in immersion journalism. Students actively participate in reporting, writing, photographing, or filming almost every day. The schedule is rigorous. Students who wish to develop their reporting pieces further after returning to the U.S. will have the opportunity to do so.
"I loved how much we were encouraged to explore outside the classroom and truly immerse ourselves in the Ghanaian culture."
Dec. 1 - Application Launch
Feb. 1 - Priority Deadline
March 1 - General Deadline
April 15 - Final Deadline
April 30 - Final Confirmation
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Arthur L. Carter Institute
The College of Arts and Science discounts CAS Summer Abroad tuition 33% to offset additional costs of study abroad. This discount is already calculated in the below rates. Fees, Housing and International Insurance are required, and these rates are set by NYU.
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits||$8,240|
|Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 credits||$1,004|
|Program & Activities Fee||
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 6 week program
Double Room (with meal plan)
Triple Room (with meal plan)
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs page.
All students must register for 8 credits. Classes are taught at the NYU Accra Academic Center, where students have access to a well-equipped computer laboratory. Before traveling to Ghana, students are expected to attend a pre-departure orientation to learn more about Ghana, the local culture, and the program's requirements, including the material to bring along and be aware of.
JOUR-UA 9204 - Elective Reporting Topics: Reporting Africa - Faculty - 4 credits
Pre-requisite: JOUR-UA 101 - Journalistic Inquiry or permission of the instructor.
Students report in teams and individually, on political, economic, and social issues in Ghana. The goal is to produce publishable works of journalism, the best of which may be published on the Journalism Department's website. Past projects have picked up for publication by media outlets. Print and broadcast projects are both welcome. This is an intensive reporting experience. Students will be working on their projects every day. Sample syllabus (PDF)
JOUR-UA 9503 - Journalism and Society: Cultural Context of African Media - Gadzepko - 4 credits
This course will take a critical look at how the media interrelates with society by focusing on the history, content, economics and effects of the media.
The class will explore the socio-cultural and philosophical context of the media industry in general, and the practice of mass communication in Africa and Ghana in particular. This broad perspective will be examined against the background notion that the media do not function in a vacuum. Thus, students will examine how these contexts, informed by the dominant philosophies and macro-institutional practices of society, mitigate or even dictate the operations of the media. Discussions will also deal with how the mass media impact on society and affect the manner in which people experience the world around them. Sample syllabus (PDF)
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students live in NYU housing located in the Labone residential neighborhood and in close proximity to the NYU Accra academic center. Shuttle service is provided. A weeknight only meal plan is included in the housing for summer and is not optional.
To learn more about housing facilities, please review the Office of Global Programs NYU Accra page. Please note that some of the information listed on this page is not summer specific.
In addition to exploring Accra, students may visit Kumasi, which boasts the world's largest outdoor market and has for three centuries been the royal city of the legendary Ashanti tribe. Other visits may include Cape Coast and Elmina castles, historic sites of the country's largest centers for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Ghana
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Ghana
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Professor, NYU Accra; Chair, Department of Mass Communications, University of Ghana.