Study Abroad

Pitt- in- Ghana

Pitt-in-Ghana is an interdisciplinary program established by the Center for African Studies and the Department of Africana Studies, in collaboration with other University of Pittsburgh departments, including Music, History, Anthropology, and Political Science. This is one of the Pitt-directed, semester-long study abroad program in Africa. Offered in the Summer Term, the program gives students the experience of living specifically in Ghana while completing courses in two areas of study: (1) West African Cultures and Society, and (2) West African Performing Arts, toward graduation at Pitt.

      Students officially register for these Pitt courses but take them at the University of Ghana. Formal classroom learning is reinforced by complementary experiential field study. Thus, in addition to the class-room lectures, the study of European slavery in Africa, for instance, is reinforced by a field trip to one of the historical slave dungeons in Cape Coast and Elmina, the Central Region of Ghana; the study of Pan-Africanism is complemented by a visit to the Dubois Memorial Center in Accra, the Greater Accra Region; the study of institution of chieftaincy is reinforced by a field trip to the Asante Paramount Chief in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region; and the study of cultural aesthetics and performance is complemented by visit to a celebration of festivals and cultural performances. Students also have time on their own to enjoy the country through several cultural events and take independent field trips to immerse themselves into the Ghanaians culture.


 Cuba: Revolution and Rebellions

Program Overview: Cuba’s culture and political system have been shaped by a history of resistance, rebellions, revolutions, and race. This two-week, three-credit summer study abroad program focuses on the island’s rich history of resistance and revolution

Academics: The course focuses on the island’s rich history of resistance and revolution from the inception of European’s contact with Cuba’s first inhabitants through the period of enslavement, to the socialist revolution and beyond. We will explore the culture and depth of Cuba’s tradition of rebellion and its racial intricacies.

Highlights: Outside of the classroom, you’ll take advantage of the numerous museums, community organizations, and historic sites throughout the island to bring your learning into context. A day trip to Mantanzas will give you the opportunity to explore a primary site for importing enslaved Africans as well as the plantation where one of the most important slave rebellion took place.