PLEASE NOTE: JOUR-UA 101 - Journalistic Inquiry (or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for participation in the program.
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. Visiting graduates are welcome to apply to the program's undergraduate courses, but must realize that courses are for undergraduate credit. 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."
December 1 - Application Launch
February 1 - Priority Deadline
March 1 - General Deadline
April 15 - Final Deadline
April 30 - Final Confirmation
Frankie Edozien, 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.
|2019 Program Costs|
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points||$7,784|
|Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 points||$972|
|Program & Activities Fee||$550 (TBC)|
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 undergraduate students register for 8 points. The program is designed for undergraduate students but graduate students from the NYU Journalism program may apply. Visiting graduate students are welcome to apply but must realize that courses are for undergraduate credit. Classes are taught at the NYU Accra 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.
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.
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.
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students live in NYU housing located in residential neighborhoods within walking distance of the NYU Academic Center. Shuttle service is provided. A weeknight only meal plan is included in the housing and is not optional.
In addition to exploring Accra, students visit Kumasi, which boasts the world's largest outdoor market and has for three centuries been the royal city of the legendary Ashanti tribe. Students also visit Cape Coast and Elmina castles, sites of the country's largest centers for the slave trade.
B.A.; New York University
Frankie Edozien has been the Director for the CAS Journalism in Ghana since 2008. He is a journalist who honed his skills writing about government, health and cultural issues for a variety of publications. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Vibe magazine, Out Traveler, Blackaids.org, The Advocate, and more. Edozien was an award-winning New York Post reporter for 15 years, and its City Hall Reporter from 1999-2008 where he was the lead writer on legislative affairs. He covered crime, courts, labor issues and human services public health and politics, reporting from around the country and abroad for the paper. In 2001, he co-founded the AFRican Magazine and continues to serve as the editor-in-chief. He has traveled around the world reporting on the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly among Africans and is a 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting. A selection of his work is available on www.edozien.net.
Professor, NYU Accra; Chair, Department of Mass Communications, University of Ghana.