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Study Abroad: Accra, Ghana

Spring Break 2020: International Psychology (PSYC 3475)

Students on the beach in Accra

Program Description
This course will examine the new and emerging field of international psychology. The role of cultural, social, economic, religious, ethnic, and political contexts in human development and behavior for individuals and groups will be explored. Assumptions, theories, methods, research, and interventions of traditional western psychology will be critically examined for relevance to people outside the western world. Psychological needs of special populations including refugees, immigrants, children, and families will be considered. Recommendations for training global psychologists will be reviewed.

Program Highlights

  • Understanding your own slavery foot print in the global supply chain.
  • Human Trafficking and globalization through the lens of International Psychology and know the history of psychology and be able to identify its western assumptions.
  • Increase your cultural intelligence quotient by understanding the role of culture in shaping human development and behavior.

Travel Dates: March 8-15, 2020
Course Dates: January 13-May 8, 2020

Course #: PSYC 3475: International Psychology
: Sheetal Shah
Course description: International Psychology addresses the globalization of western psychology. This course with, its one week experiential component in Ghana will focus on understanding psychology with a special emphasis on modern day slavery. It offers students a unique perspective on contemporary issues in the field of modern day slavery on the ground with a comparative perspective on historical chattel slavery.

This program is taught on the Leiden Campus with the study abroad component taking place in Ghana over Spring Break. The program is open to student studying at the Leiden Campus during the Spring 2020 semester.

Course #: PSYC 3475: International Psychology

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PSYC 3475: International Psychology

Program Costs
Program Fee
: $1,790
What's included in the program fee: 7 nights of double room accommodations, some meals (2 dinners and 3 lunches), airport pick-up/drop-off, all on-ground transportation for organized activities, all entry/activity fees for course organized activities including site visits and guest lecturers, overnight trip to Cape Coast, on-site orientation.
What's not included in the program fee: Study Abroad fee, application deposit, airfare, some meals, personal expenses, visa fees, immunizations.
Study Abroad Fee: $175
Application Deposit: $100
Tuition: Full-time undergraduate students: included in the 2019-2020 spring tuition flat fee
Part-time undergraduate students: pay 2019-2020 per credit hour undergraduate rate.

Fields Trips and Cultural Activities

  • An overnight cultural heritage trip to the Central Region of Ghana to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Elmina Slave Castle, Cape-Coast Castle and Kakum National Park.
  • There will also be a site visit and interaction with Challenging Heights, an NGO committed to protecting the rights of children and ending child trafficking based in the Winneba, Central Region. A village experience with an NGO in the Volta Region of Ghana, which works in human trafficking along the Lake Volta.
  • An Accra City tour, visit to the major open-air market in Accra, guest lectures, language, food and drumming workshops, walking tours of a suburb, optional beach trips, etc.


Students may be eligible for the following Webster study abroad scholarships:

  • Next Century Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Marilynne Bradley Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Study Abroad
  • Dr. Roy Tamashiro Endowed Travel Scholarship

For a complete list of available scholarships along with eligibility and requirements, please reference the Study Abroad scholarship website.

Spring Break Scholarship Deadline- November 15th, 2019

Application Process
Application Deadline: November 15th, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad fee*, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport-sized photo. 

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met:
1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys
3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Blackstar Gate in Accra