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 clairmcclure@uga.edu

Dates: May 13 - 30, 2019

Approximate Cost: Approximate cost $4,300, 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. Total cost may vary based on number of participants and program duration. 



Payment Due Date



Due at the time of application

Program Fee



6 credit hours


$1,500 - $2,000

Incidentals (souvenirs, etc.)

$300 - $500

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 Cross Cultural Awareness in Ghana (these classes may count towards professional electives or another class in your program of study as approved by the TMI undergraduate coordinator).

Spaces Available: 10

Informational Meetings: TBA

Our Last Trip

The 2018 Interdisciplinary Ghana Study Abroad Program offered fashion merchandising students the opportunity to partner with a local Athens retailer to design a product for their retail store. Students worked closely with entrepreneurs in the Ghanaian fashion and retail industries to explore and have these products made for the local Athens retailer. During this 18-day trip students experienced both culture and fashion often intertwined. Some significant cultural visits included the slave castles of Elmina and Cape Coast, a canopy tour at Kakum National Park, and Manhyia Palace the seat of the Asante king.  Students sourced fabric from one of the largest open air markets in Ghana, conducted a design and fitting consultation with master dressmakers, practiced Kente weaving, and traditional Adinkra and Batik fabric printing. Students also met with a local queen mother, the founder of Kumasi fashion week, and made a visit to Ethical Apparel Africa, a company championing the efforts of ethical sourcing from West Africa. Here are students with their very own batik printed and dyed fabric.