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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Takoradi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hotel/hostel Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Faculty Led
Area of Study: Health Education Instructor: Blankson, Faustina
Program Description:



Health Education Internship & Service Learning

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Earn 6 SlUE credit hours while experiencing thGhana goup picturee great culture of Ghana. This SIUE faculty-led program offers field study courses
from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

The five (5) week program will provide students with a unique field experience in international health. By assigning students to health-related non-profit and public organizations, students will have the opportunity to learn about health issues in developing societies and assist in finding solutions to them. Students will also gain invaluable practical experiences that allow and challenge them to apply their skills and knowledge to the field study, as well as cultivate relationships with international communities and organizations. Skills and interests of students will be matched with the organization that provides the best opportunity for them to effectively contribute to the health of the community.

The program is led by Professor Faustina Blankson from SIUE's Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Professor Blankson is originally from the country of Ghana and maintains close professional ties with various organizations, institutions and individuals in the Accra/Takoradi region. Her professional ties in Ghana allow her to coordinate these unique internship experiences for SIUE students. Students also benefit from her expertise and knowledge of the culture and region.


Academic Content

Health Education Students
HED 499 TS1 International Internship Enroll for two sections
for a total of 6 credit hours
HED 462 TS1 Special Topics Enroll for two sections
for a total of 6 credit hours
Students not majoring or minoring in Health Education
HED 462 TS2 Special Topics Enroll for two sections
for a total of 6 credit hours
Students participating in this program will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $835 for 3 credits.


Prices and Payments

$4,100 ApproximatelyGhana classroom

The program fee includes:
  • Air Ticket St. Louis to Accra round trip
  • Lodging
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field Trips and Cultural Excursions
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
  • SIUE tuition
  • Meals (budget $500)
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses (budget $300)
Payment Schedule:
  • $300 deposit payment will be due December 9
  • $1,500 deposit payment will be due January 13
  • $1,500 deposit payment will be due February 3
  • The balance of $800 will be due March 17
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.


Contact Information

Faustina 2
Professor Faustina Blankson
Office: SIUE Vadalabene Center, 1029


Day 1 Depart St. Louis for Accra, Ghana
Day 2 Arrive Accra, continue on to Takoradi
Day 40 Return to St. Louis from Accra
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.