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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Area of Study: Any, Architecture, School of Management, Social Work, SUNY Buffalo Law School, Urban Planning
Term: Winter Credits: 3
Program Description:

Global Perspectives: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurial Leadership

Accra, Ghana     
Ghana, a nation on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, is known for diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches, such as at Busua. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain posubans (native shrines), colonial buildings and castles-turned-museums that serve as testimonials to the slave trade. North of Cape Coast, vast Kakum National Park has a treetop-canopy walkway over the rainforest.

Elmina Castle

The program will take students to Accra, the capital of Ghana, on the campus of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Executive  Conference Center.  Program Participants will be working with various organizations which will include visits to rural communities such as Kpong Bawaleshie, Labadi, Alogboshi & Achimota. The program will also take students to Cape Coast University for 2 days for a tour of the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles.
The Ghana Study Abroad / Experiential program will provide SOM undergraduate, selected graduate and Inter-professional UB students an experience that strengthens their core skill sets in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurial Leadership (SIEL). The University at Buffalo School of Management has partnered with several non-profit, education, government and entrepreneurial entities in Ghana to create UB's first ever global leadership experiential learning program. Through SIEL, a selection of undergraduate and MBA students will travel to Ghana and be exposed to organizations that exemplify social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. They will meet with politicians, entrepreneurs, and business leaders, educating themselves further on economic development, community outreach, and social innovation.

Students will earn 6 credits in total. Upon acceptance, students will be forced registered into MGG 206 (undergraduates) / MGG 606 (graduate students) worth 3 credits in the Fall 2018 semester followed by the Winter 2019 study abroad program in Ghana for another 3 credits. Fall class days/times are Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-6:20pm prior to the Winter Study Abroad Program.

There are 3 phases to this program, in which each phase is intended to introduce the students to the grassroots organizational efforts that are the cornerstones of sustainable societies. Phase I provides students with a cultural overview of Ghana. Phase II divides the group into three tracks to explore diverse topics via a practicum experience. The three topics are education, healthcare and economic development, and waste management. Phase III emphasizes the history and economics of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and provides space for guided reflection on the overall experience.

All students will be required to maintain a journal to capture their daily experiences, compose a reflection paper upon their return, complete a research project related to their track, which includes interviews with 2-3 local leaders, and a presentation at the 2019 DEAL expo.

Graduate student participants (exclusively UBMBA LeaderCORE students & a couple of specialty specific students from other departments) have already been chosen. These graduate students will act as team mentors for the undergraduate students during the trip. All interested undergraduate students must be interviewed before acceptance.

Please read the Ghana Winter 2018 Study Abroad Program Guide for more  information and note that this will be made available to students accepted to the program through the online application system.

We will primarily be living in Accra (Capital of Ghana) on the campus of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Executive Hostel in Achimota.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Winter. Please note the budget sheet currently lists Winter 2018 program expenses. Winter 2019 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.

**The first 10 qualified undergraduate School of Management students to complete their application for this program will receive a Dean's Scholarship of $150 each toward the purchase of their airfare.**

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Dr. Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah

​TO APPLY: Contact Kara Lanuti in the School of Management at  

This program is currently not accepting applications.