Eccles Global is offering graduate and undergraduate University of Utah students the opportunity to participate in fall, spring, and summer learning abroad trips in Ghana. This class teaches students about health and economic development and gives students the opportunity for the experiential study of the ecology of expanding markets in Ghana. Students will work closely with Ensign Global College and University of Utah faculty, local businesses, and health clinics as they study development in Ghana. By completing this program, University of Utah students fulfill an IR requirement and gain memorable experiences by learning abroad.

Eccles Global Summer Session in Oxford/Ghana: June 12- July 7, 2023
WHERE: Kpong, Ghana & surrounding areas and Oxford, United Kingdom
TAUGHT BY: Stephen C. Alder, Ph.D.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 1 (priority deadline) and Feb. 1 (final deadline)
The program has limited enrollment.

Please message Annie Smith with any questions or inquiries regarding student programming and experiences.

Student safety is our highest priority.
We provide a safe and secure environment to promote learning and growth.

Why go?

  • Gain valuable leadership experience

  • Work one-on-one with faculty from University of Utah faculty based in Utah and Ghana

  • Stand out by participating in a learning abroad course

  • Enjoy learning about a new culture

  • Expand your horizons, travel, & gain new friends from the US and Ghana

  • Become familiar with ecological and systems thinking in the social and behavioral sciences

  • Cultivate an understanding of how to conceptualize and apply multiple influences that impact economic development in an emerging economy

  • Gain experience evaluating and making strategic recommendations for helping business respond to contextual challenges

  • Learn strategies for framing the cultural, political, economic, and structural landscape environment

  • Understand the basic elements of behavior and social theory and how they relate to business development

  • Improve oral and written presentation skills

Summary of Cost and Credit Hours

Fees include tuition and fees, housing, medical and evacuation insurance.

  • One Session (3.0 Semester Credit Hours)
    Cost $5,450
  • Two Sessions (6.0 Semester Credit Hours)
    Cost $9,700
  • Three Sessions (9.0 Semester Credit Hours)
    Cost $13,900

Not included: Airfare, food, and any other incidentals

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and any applicable visas. For U.S. citizens, more information can be found here. For students from countries other than the U.S., please contact Buzz Welch at for more information.

Participant quotes

I feel that I have changed significantly throughout my time in Ghana. Not only did I acquire a significantly higher understanding of business, community health, development, and other crucial ideas from the coursework, but I also gained more cultural understanding. Furthermore, I feel that my comfort zone has been stretched and I am now a lot more comfortable in new situations. I feel better about being in another country, interacting with people who are not from the same culture/background as me, and being in places that I am not used to.

 – Brooke

I love to look back on the beautiful days I spent in Ghana. A month filled with love from others, passion for developing communities, and an endless supply of the best mangos in the world! I would go back in a heartbeat if ever given the opportunity again.

 – Callie

This experience has been transformative, eye opening, and one of the most worthwhile
and immersed months of my life. I am so grateful that I decided to come here and, in doing so,
learned more about my leadership style, how to make it globally applicable, and the ways that
global health can be legitimately applied in real life situations. I will definitely miss being in this
beautiful country.

 – Quincy



Community Engagement
• Orientation and introduction to community engagement
• Overview of Health 2 Go
• Community engagement, fieldwork, and clinic visits in the Kpong area
• BUS 3800/5800 coursework
• Book club meetings and follow-up discussions

Cultural Exploration
• Accra Arts Center, custom clothes, and bead markets
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
• Elmina Slave Castle tour
• Kakum canopy walk
• Palm oil processing
• Queen mother campus visit to discuss Krobo tribe and Kpong history
• Traditional food-making demonstrations and tasting
• Mt. Yogaga and Shai Hills resource reserve hiking
• Mango grove, tilapia, and maggot farming tours
• Local High School visit to learn traditional drumming and dancing
• Traditional bead making demonstration at Cedi Beads
• Ghanaian fabric factory tour
• Volta Dam tour and snail research discussion
• Shea nut processing tour
• Eco-tourism development discussion at Mole National Park
• Wildlife and natural resource exploration with Zaina’s walking and jeep safaris
• Larabanga Mosque visit
• Journal and book clubs for assigned readings

​Leadership Development
• Leadership workshops and project development
• Presentation development and competition
• Journal and book club for assigned readings
• Group celebration

*Itinerary is subject to change


Application Now Open for Summer 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 1 (priority deadline) and Feb. 1 (final deadline)

Apply NOW

Program Leaders

STEPHEN ALDER, PHDPresident, Ensign Global College

Executive Director, Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity
Special Advisor for West Africa Programs
Office for Global Engagement

JILL STEPHENSON, MPADirector of Student Experience & Global Programs
ANNIE SMITHCoordinator, Administrator Program
Please message Annie with any questions or inquiries regarding the Eccles Global Program.