The Russ College of Engineering views non-traditional educational opportunities as an integral component of the learner-centered education provided by the Russ College. This study abroad opportunitiy will provide students with essential skills that are crucial for their career development. These skills, which are difficult if not impossible to develop in the classroom, include applying knowledge, dealing with uncertainty, learning new material outside of the normal lecture format, incorporating global/societal concerns, and working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Students will perform the initial design and development of the projects during Fall and Spring Terms. During the actual time abroad students will be working with the community to implement the projects. While the exact work activities will have not been determined they will involve the installation of a rainwater collection system and a waste treatment system for the house built in previous trips. Future projects will be identified and completed in subsequent years.
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Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to current students in The Russ College of Engineeing and Technology, recently graduated students as well as faculty and professional mentors who have participated in the project over the course of the year wil be eligible for the trip. Also, studens from other majors who have the necessary background and interest to contribute to the project will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All participants are required to contribute to the academic year project design.
The minimum GPA required is 2.75 for Undergraduates and 3.0 for Graduate students.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
Students will be staying in a guest house in the village.
Courses and credits
ET 4524: Engineering and Technology Project in Developing Countries: Implementation-1-3 credits.
COST for 2015(TBD)
Additional Information on Ghana
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html.
US citizens may need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information on this program contact:
Stocker Engineering Center
Associate Dean for Academics
Office of Global Opportunities
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840