Ohio University

Ghana: Engineering and Technology Projects

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Program Feature

Field Work

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus


Application Deadline

March 15 at 11:59pm

For more information on this program contact:

Felipe Aros-Vera
Program Director

Cherita King
Program Coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities


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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

Living Arrangements 

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

Program Dates 

5/3/20 to 5/18/20 

This program is offered annually.


Students will earn a total of 3 credit hours. 

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


The program fee for this program includes: Student airfare, accommodations, meals while in Ghana, excursions, airport pick up, in-country transportation, welcome and farewell dinner, and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s   Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found   here