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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Bolga, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana; Mole, Ghana; Tamale, Ghana; Wa, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Fact Sheet:
Course(s) Available In: Architecture & Interior Design Program Type: Faculty-Led
Study Abroad Advisor: Erin Brandyberry, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
Program Description:
Miami University Faculty-led Study Abroad

Miami University Faculty-led Study Abroad Workshop
Design/Build in Ghana
Offered by Miami Faculty, J.E. Elliott
Questions? Email the director at

 Just the Basics
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Travel Dates: 
  • Summer 2018: 05/25/2018-07/08/2018

Location: Ghana, West Africa: Accra, Cape Coast, Essiam, Kumasi, Wa, Mole, Bolgatonga, Ada, Akosombo
Course(s): ARC399/499T - 6 total hours

Tell Me More...
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This workshop is an intense 6 week design/build experience that takes place in Ghana, West Africa netting 6 credit hours. The program originates in the Department of Architecture+Interior Design but is open to any student interested in the art of designing and then actively building that which you have designed. The student will also be immersed in the culture of Ghana in order to better understand the needs of the client and the building techniques. Two and a half weeks are devoted to travelling the country while designing and the last three and a half weeks are spent building the approved design. Once construction begins we build six days a week and then have a variety of cultural experiences on the seventh day. A gallery exhibit is required during the following fall semester.


Is this Right for Me?
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The course(s) in this program are best used for the following degree requirements. But, always check with your academic advisor to see how the course(s) can work for you!

  • Major/Minor
  • Global Perspectives
  • Capstone

Health and Safety Considerations:

  • Students are encouraged to review recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control's Travel Website, as well as the resources outlined by International SOS.
  • Students are asked to wear steel-toed shoes during all construction phases of the program. 

Program Admissions Criteria: All programs require a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA. Some programs may require a higher GPA.

  • For ARC+ID studio credit a student must have completed ARC202 or ARC 204 with a letter grade of "C" or better.


What's it Going to Cost?
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Miami University faculty-led study abroad and away workshops have three cost components: tuition/admin fee, program fee and out-of-pocket expenses. The full cost of participation is the total of the costs below.
Tuition and Admin fee + Program fee + Out of pocket expenses = Total cost


**Workshops are exempt from the Tuition Promise** Amount Due by:
Ohio Resident per credit hour $546.01 Charged to Bursar bill
Non-Resident per credit hour* $919.68 Charged to Bursar bill
Ohio Resident per credit hour $525.70 Charged to Bursar bill
Non-Resident per credit hour* $880.87 Charged to Bursar bill

* This rate reflects a discounted tuition rate approved for non-Ohio residents participating in this study abroad/away program. This discount is considered a waiver.  Per University policy, only one tuition waiver can be applied to an individual student per term, but the highest waiver rate will be automatically applied. 

An explanation of how tuition charges will appear on your bursar bill is available at

Summer Term Tuition Refund Policy
You must officially withdraw from a credit workshop registration by  4:30 p.m. on the business day before the start of the workshop to receive a tuition refund. Workshop administrative fees and program fees are non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled by Miami University. Failure to attend, non-payment, or contacting the workshop director is insufficient notice. To officially withdraw from a workshop, you must contact Global Initiatives, 214 MacMillan Hall,, (513)529-8600.

ADMINISTRATIVE FEE $175.00 Charged to Bursar bill
Administrative Fee Refund Policy
The $175 administrative fee is charged upon course registration and is non-refundable.
2018 PROGRAM FEE $3250  
DEPOSIT $500 due upon acceptance and no later than 03/01/2018
BALANCE $2750 due no later than 04/01/2018
Program fee includes housing, transportation and activities within Ghana, some meals.

Program Fee Refund Policy
The program deposit and the refund policy is set by the director. The full fee is non-refundable.

Additional Anticipated Expenses $535 Out-of-pocket
Additional Anticipated Expenses include GeoBlue insurance, additional meals, Ghanaian visa, steel toed boots.

All fees are subject to change without notice

All summer session courses and credit workshops are enrollment contingent, and are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.


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J.E. Elliott,, 513-529-2484
Architecture and Interior Design, Alumni Hall, Oxford

Miami Faculty-led Study Abroad
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This program is currently not accepting applications.