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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Accra, Ghana
Early Fall 2017
August 26 – September 22, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,200
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Araba Sey, Christopher Rothschild
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline April 2, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General We will critically investigate how people in different types of communities (urban and rural) use information and communication technologies while pursuing socio-economic development goals.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

Access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Ghana ranges from no access in many rural areas to access comparable to some major US cities. How do we compare the needs and resources across these diverse communities? What strategies do people in conditions of low access use to satisfy their information and communication needs and what are the implications of these strategies and outcomes for their livelihoods? Are these behaviors different from those exhibited by people living under similar constraints in the US?

We will critically investigate how people in different types of communities (urban and rural) use ICTs while pursuing socio-economic development goals. We will focus on development from the perspective of low-income populations, in particular how they articulate their needs and develop strategies to improve the quality of their lives. Students will apply the experience to their individual areas of interest. The program will provide instruction and practical experience on using field research methods to investigate the role of ICTs in the livelihoods of populations in rural and urban areas. Activities include: learning a local language, seminar discussions about the field research process and notions of development, conversations with guest speakers, visits to ICT and related organizations, developing research questions and practicing fieldwork in an area of interest. Students will leave the program with hands-on experience of developing a research proposal and doing fieldwork in a developing or emerging economy.

The course satisfies the research methods requirement for Informatics students (INFO 470) and qualifies as an elective for International Development Certificate Program (IDCP) students.


~Elmina Castle – one of the last slave ports of call in Ghana



Accra, Ghana


Accra, Ada, Ho and nearby rural communities, Kumasi, Anomabo


Students will be housed in local guest houses and hotels. Most of these accommodations have been vetted by local contacts or were used during previous programs and proved satisfactory. All housing will be clean, have electricity and running water, and have restaurants on-site or close by.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

There are no course prerequisites. The program is designed for students interested in ICTs in developing countries, international development, or field research in developing countries. The program is rigorous enough to meet graduate level standards, yet accessible to undergraduates. Past students have come from a wide range of backgrounds including: Information School, Communications Department, Evans School, Human Centered Design and Engineering, International Studies, Health, and Political Science.

There are no physical requirements for this program. However, individuals with significant mobility problems may find the Ghanaian environment challenging to navigate.


5 Credits


INFO 498/INFX 598 (5 credits)

This course will introduce students to the practice of research on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. Course materials will cover the ICT landscape in Ghana, patterns of ICT use, research design, field research techniques, data analysis and reporting, as well as cultural issues in research design and implementation. Contact hours will include at least two hours of research fieldwork per week. Students will practice field investigation of an ICT-related question of interest to them and will submit a research proposal detailing their process and preliminary findings. Student grades will be based on participation in class discussions, completion of fieldwork assignments, and the research proposal.

Learning Goals: 

The learning goals and objectives for the course are for students to:

  1. Learn the basics of planning a research project, from design to reporting findings
  2. Gain practical experience of doing field research in low/middle-income country contexts
  3. Learn about how people of different income levels in Ghana manage their information and communication needs
  4. Learn how people view the role of ICTs in their lives and what development means to them Gain some understanding of conditions of life in Ghana

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~Users in a Ghanaian public computing facility

Program Directors & Staff

Araba Sey, Information School, Program Director

Christopher Rothschild, Information School, Program Co-Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,200

Estimated Program Fee of $4,200, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, additional food (the program fee covers three meals per day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,800 - $2,000* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,200 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.