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International Development Studies

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International Development Studies

Year Abroad Program

Trent-in Ghana

International Development Studies (IDST) at Trent offers a unique year abroad program that combines third year level university course work with valuable hands-on experience through a community placement.

The Trent-in-Ghana Program (TIG) enables undergraduates to deepen their understanding of international development by living, studying and working in Ghana. The program is based in Cape Coast in the South and Tamale, in the North. Exposure to these various locations enables students to become familiar with the diverse cultures and regions of Ghana. 

Students spend a full academic year in Ghana, from September until the end of April, participate in several field trips, and work for 10- 12 weeks with a development organization.  Participants register in five full credit Trent University courses which are fully accredited at Universities across Canada. Ghanaian academics and development professionals provide instruction. TIG selects a number of Ghanaian students to join the program.

Many students who have participated in the IDST year abroad program have found it to be a positive and life-transforming experience. Working and living in another culture challenges many of one's assumptions, and opens new avenues of thinking and understanding (Link to Student Reflections).

To learn more about the Trent-in-Ghana Program download the brochure here or click the picture below!