"Ghana: The experience of the country was worth it!" Past Review

By (Anthropology., Tufts University) for

Tufts Programs Abroad: Tufts in Ghana

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely, I think I went in a great year!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned more outside of the classroom than in the classroom! Particularly on our field-trips.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program's strength is definitely Dr. Bilson, he is amazing and works very hard so that we all have a wonderful study abroad experience. The program size was great, and all of us studying abroad in Ghana got along wonderfully!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a Ghanaian and she practiced Twi with me all of the time, this was even more helpful than taking the class. In all honesty, I think the class should be pass/fail rather than credit, because it was not as helpful as I would have liked it to be.

* Food:

Very few vegetarian options, because most things have meat or fish in it. HOwever, there are more expensive vegetarian options in restaurants.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our trip to Cap Coast was great. I would suggest less trips to Dagbe, maybe at most two instead of three (because we could have visited many more exciting places in Ghana). I think exploring the south or north of Ghana in our field trips would have been wonderful, I left without being able to see these areas, and would have loved to be able to go there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city is safer than we were told, but also the fact that we were always with a group of three or more helped. I felt very safe overall.

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? about 100-120 cidis per week. The stipend was sufficient, particularly for food and transportation which were my biggest expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buying personal items, like toilet paper , storage buckets for water, etc was definitely unexpected. I wish it would have been included into the stipend.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I had never taken the language before.
Language acquisition improvement?

I learned more from speaking to people on the street and with my room mate than in the classroom.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take enjoyable classes!