Earn 6-9 credit hours in this three-week Maymester program where you will learn about entrepreneurship, buying and product development while visiting villages, fashion designers, markets and historic sites.

The Interdisciplinary Study Abroad program is a 3 week program during Maymester that gives you the opportunity to earn 6-9 hours of credit.  In TXMI 4900 we learn about entrepreneurship, work with Ghanaian artisans and Athens retailers in the development of products (apparel, residential interior products, textiles) in Ghana that will be brought back and sold in several Athens, GA boutiques.  This is the Ghana Community Trade program.  We will visit villages, learn artisan techniques from dressmakers, fabric designers, jewelry makers, and other women artisan enterpreneurs; learn about traditional fabrics in Ghana, West Africa (kente, adinkra, tie dye and batik); visit college campuses in Ghana; historic and cultural sites; complete service learning projects at orphanages and villages and much much more!

You Will

  • Gain an appreciation and understanding for the Ghanaian culture, history and society
  • Develop connections with Ghanaian designers; fashion, fabric and jewelry
  • Interact with the Ghanaian people in villages, cities, orphanages, markets, and universities, while evaluating the impact of dress on their everyday lives
  • Meet with social entrepreneurs and explore community trade options with Athens, GA
  • Analyze the developing retail scene through an in depth case study project

Course Title: TXMI 4900/6900 Social Entrepreneurship and Product Development in Ghana

Application: See Dr. Clair McClure 215B Barrow Hall or email her at cinabne@uga.edu 

Dates: May 7 - 25, 2018

Approximate Cost: Approximate cost $3,800, which includes hotel arrangements, 2 meals a day, field trips, admissions fees to selected cultural activities, insurance and ground transportation
Does not include: Airfare, visa, passport, immunizations, tuition, and any fees associated with tuition

Courses Offered: Students are required to register for 6 hours credit:  (1) TXMI 4900/6900 Social Entrepreneurship and Product Development in Ghana and (2) SOWK West African Society, History and Culture (this class will substitute for TXMI 4230).

Spaces Available: 10

Informational Meetings: TBA