SIT: Ghana Social Transformation and Cultural Expression program

Through the SIT Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression program, Whitman students can explore Ghana’s rich cultural heritage and contemporary society by engaging with Ghanaian scholars, writers, artists, dancers, musicians, weavers, and other in-country experts. Topics of study include religion, identity studies, migration, political and economic development, and colonialism. Through these studies, students begin to understand Ghanaian society as well as the country's rich artistic and cultural outputs.

Fields of study:

Interdisciplinary studies related to society, culture, and arts in Ghana, Twi language.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, Late January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Social Transformation and Cultural Expression (3 credits)
Visual and Performing Arts in Ghana (3 credits)
Intensive Language Study: Twi (3 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Homestays in Accra, Kumasai, and Ashanti village.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.




Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarship

Program Link:

SIT Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression