SIT: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression


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.

Fields of study:

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


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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, February – 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 Asante.  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