- Apply business and technical knowledge in the real world of agriculture, business, or education
- Learn to develop culturally responsive international business plans
- Develop an appreciation of working in a global context
- Learn from local entrepreneurs, professionals, and leaders in the economic engine and capital of Ghana
Course of Study
Students will participate in one of two projects: developing a center-pivot-enabled crop management plan, or creating a marketing plan for Ghana rice. Students will enroll in a three-week BSAD 491 course during the pre-session; they will work on these projects during the first two weeks of the pre-session (May 14-May 23) before traveling to Ghana on May 24. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Ghanaian culture throughout the program.
Students will earn three credit hours of BSAD 491 for this course.
All students must be enrolled at UNL during the application process and in good academic standing.
Dr. J. Kalu Osiri is the Director of International Business at UNL. Born in Benin and raised in Nigera, Dr. Osiri is passionate and knowledgeable about international business in Africa. On a mission to develop students into global leaders, he has led exciting, high-impact global immersion programs while a faculty member at Washington State University to China, Morocco, Span, France and Italy. In 2016, he created and led his first program for UNL, leading a group of business and engineering students to Uganda, for which he was awarded UNL Education Abroad's Most Innovative Program of the Year. Later that year, he led another multidisciplinary group of students to tackle a sustainable entrepreneurship project in Panama. In 2017, he co-led another group that developed an eco-tourism plan for the Office of the Vice Presidency, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Indigenous People in Guyana. Dr. Osiri has traveled in every continent, except Antarctica, for both personal and professional purposes.
Dr. J. Kalu Osiri, CoB 511, 402-472-2183
Ghana is on the west coast of Africa. The landscape varies from an expansive coastline to rolling savannahs, dense forest and mountains. Ghana has a rich history of diverse peoples, including one of the largest and most well known group of people known as the Akan. When the Portuguese invaded in 1471, they found a people rich in history, culture, and gold. In fact, under British rule Ghana was known as the Gold Coast. In 1957, through the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana was the first African to gain its independence from its European colonizer.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will travel together with Dr. Osiri in a group to and from Accra, Ghana. Group airfare will be purchased and included in the program cost.
LODGING in COUNTRY: More info coming soon!
MEALS in COUNTRY: Breakfast may be included at the hostels and hotels. In addition, some meals will be included in the program cost, however students will need to budget for additional meals not included in the program cost and should also budget for meals at airports during the round-trip flight from Ghana to the U.S. More specific info about meals in-country and budgeting coming soon!
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: All transportation between cities will be coordinated for students and will be included in the program cost. More info coming soon!
ACCESS TO LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will most likely have access to laundry facilities at the hostels and hotels. More info coming soon!
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will most likely have access to WiFi at the hostels and hotels. More info coming soon!
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. U.S. Citizens will need to apply for a Ghanaian visa in the U.S. prior to departure. Proof of Yellow Fever vaccine required for entry into Ghana. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: April 1, 2018.
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Required for entry to the country per the CDC (as of August 25, 2017) is the vaccine for Yellow Fever. Recommended immunizations/medications include the Hepatitis A, Malaria, and Thyphoid vaccines. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations. Additionally, women who are pregnant are advised not to travel to Ghana, due to the possibility of exposure to Zika virus. Medical facilities are limited, especially outside Accra, so students should bring their own supply of needed medications. Students are advised to stay with the group, faculty leader, and/or the locals who are working with the faculty leader at all times. In addition, common sense precautions in public areas and not traveling at night are advised.
See the budget sheet (coming soon!) and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $1000 commitment deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $1000 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deposit payment will be due on February 12, 2017.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
U.S. Department of State: Travel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ghanaian Embassy in the U.S.
U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana
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