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Ghana: Engineering and Technology Projects

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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 opportunity 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.

Read more about this program here.

Program Dates

2019 Dates: May 9-24th


Application deadline


Eligibility and Selection Process

This program is open to current students in The Russ College of Engineering and Technology, recently graduated students as well as faculty and professional mentors who have participated in the project over the course of the year will be eligible for the trip. Also, students 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 conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Living Arrangements

Students will be staying in a guest house in the village.

Courses and credits

ET 4524: Engineering and Technology Project in Developing Countries: Implementation- 3 credits.


Undergraduate Summer 2019

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

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. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the Department of State  site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

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 Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities 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

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.

US citizens do not need a visa to enter these countries for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that entry/exit 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:

Felipe Aros-Vera
Assistant Professor
Program Director

Cherita King
Program Coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities





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