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Study Abroad

Opportunities in DAAS

Every spring and summer there are a variety of study abroad opportunities led by DAAS faculty. See the links below for past DAAS study abroad programs. For information about upcoming study abroad programs in DAAS, please visit the DAAS course guide as well as the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS).

Pedagogy of Action: Professor Nesha Haniff

Designed and led by Professor Nesha Haniff, the Pedagogy of Action Study Abroad Program is a year-long process of student education and transformation. Students begin by taking a class that orientates them for their study abroad and trains them on how to teach an HIV module designed to educate people about HIV and AIDs. During the study abroad, students write dispatches documenting their experiences. POA study abroads have been taught in South Africa, Jamaica and Detroit.

South Africa Study Abroad: Professor Damani Partridge

Check back for information about this study abroad program.

Ghana Study Abroad: Professor Kwasi Ampene

The Ghana Study Abroad 2012 is designed to provide hands-on and experiential learning for students to digitize and archive twelve years of VHS video documentation of festivals, rituals, and court ceremonies at the Manhyia Palace in Kumase, Ghana. As part of the experiential learning, there will be instruction in conversational Twi, the most commonly spoken language in and around Kumasi. Additional instructions on-site include guest lectures in music, ritual, Akan court traditions, social customs, African traditional religion, royal oratory, and micro-finance.

Tanzania Study Abroad: Professor Nyambura Mpesha

The Study Abroad in Tanzania gave students an opportunity to work in three institutions for children with disabilities. Preparations included on campus orientation before departure and on- site lectures.  Students observed how people with disability are treated in the community, participated in community events, assisted in classrooms and organized games with children.  Students had a direct experience of what it means to live and work within an intercultural setting. Travel exposed students to some of the heritage sites and natural wonders of Tanzania. In spite of challenges related to travel and food, TEAM TZ concluded that the GIEU Study Abroad in Tanzania afforded them a unique experience. Read about their experiences in the site blog:

StudioAFRICA: Professor Emeritus James Chaffers

StudioAFRICA . . . Bonding Across the Atlantic is a school of Architecture and Urban Design study abroad which is co-sponsored by DAAS. This year, students traveled to the burgeoning global metropolis of Accra on the Gulf of Guinea to traditional farmsteads in the north of Ghana. They studied the country's unique architecture and stunning landscapes and met a wide variety of people from fellow architecture students to chiefs.

Kenya Study Abroad: Professor Omolade Adunbi

Conservation and Development in Cultural Landscapes-Fieldwork in Kenya

This study abroad was led by DAAS's Asistant Professor Omolade Adunbi and Assistant Professor Bilal Butt of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Fifteen U-M students were joined by six University of Nairobi and one high school students.The group visited and camped in several areas including the Massai Mara National Reserve, Mpala in the Laikipia district as well as a homestay at Massai Bomas (Massai Households). During their study abroad, the students worked on individual research projects. 

2015 POA Study Abroad in South Africa

GIEU 2015 in Tanzania