Past Review

By (Child Development., Tufts University) for

Tufts Programs Abroad: Tufts in Ghana

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Aside from viewing America from another place and having to adapt to unfamiliar customs, habits, and ways of life, I learned infinite amounts about myself which is the best thing you can get out of any experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks
The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I wish that some of the university professors new more worldly and less inclined to make false blanket statements about America and Americans.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The Bilson's are the nicest people you will ever meet and will answer any questions you have to the best of their ability.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in a dorm-style building called a hostel with communal, single-sex bathrooms and double rooms with furniture and ceiling fans. <br /><br /> My roommate was quite difficult but the majority of the people in the hostel were very nice.

* Food:

It gets a bit old, but the food is very food and there are more familiar, but expensive, options off-campus if you need that comfort.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The group trips were very refreshing, shopping in the markets is tiring but very rewarding, and the nightlife is very different but still fun.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I got malaria once even though I took my pills religiously and the Bilson's made sure they got us all of the health-related care we needed. In terms of safety, as long as you use good judgement, you'll be fine.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? We were given the equivalent $400 per month in a stipend. I didn't go into my own bank account once the whole program and came home with the equivalent of about &150. Some people returned with more and some with less.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just make sure you keep track of what you're spending, how much you bring with you to a place, bargain down to the lowest possible price, and plan for ATMs to be out of order.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

People in Ghana prefer to speak to foreigners in English instead of Twi so learning it wasn't much of an advantage.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be ready for anything.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Sensory Evaluation of Food Products

Course Department: Home Science (HOSC) 321
Instructor: Danquah
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was really early, 7:30 am, but the instructor was very nice and teh course is unlike anything you could ever take at Tufts.
Credit Transfer Issues: I petitioned this course for a Natural Science and it was approved.
Course Name/Rating:

Language Proficiency

Course Department: Swahili (SWAH) 331
Instructor: Dzahene-Quarshie
Instruction Language: English/Swahili
Comments: Mw. Brown at Tufts does a great job preparing your for this course. Though the teaching style and vocabulary are quite different, meeting with the Teaching Assistant made the class much more bearable.
Credit Transfer Issues: I petitioned for equivalency to SWA 3 through Mw. Brown.
Course Name/Rating:

Working with Older People

Course Department: Social Work (SOWK) 307
Instructor: I forget...
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The professor and students in this class were terribly condescending and ill-informed. I would not recommend it.
Credit Transfer Issues: Social Work doesn't transfer to any department at Tufts.
Course Name/Rating:

Ghanaian Popular Music

Course Department: Music (MUSC) 315
Instructor: Collins
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The name was a little deceiving because you actually start with "popular" music from centuries ago and work your way not quite back to now. The professor has crazy stories though!
Credit Transfer Issues: It transfered directly as an Arts credit.
Course Name/Rating:

Community Enry Techniques in Social Work

Course Department: Social Work (SOWK) 315
Instructor: Agyemang-Mensah
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This professor was amazingly amazing! He is very smart and has the best sense of humor. He's also crazy laid back.
Credit Transfer Issues: Again, Social Work doesn't transfer to any department at Tufts.