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International Development Studies

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International Development Studies

Program Overview

An International Development Studies students sitting on the ground in Ghana, surrounded by young children holding backpacksThe Trent-in-Ghana (TIG) program enables undergraduates to deepen their understanding of international development by living, studying, and working in a developing country. Students spend a full academic year in Ghana, from September until the end of April.  TIG selects around 15- 20 students from Universities across North America to join the program along with five Ghanaians. A Canadian non-academic coordinator resident in Ghana supports the program.


The Trent program is based at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast.  Two courses, IDST 3770 (Africa Seminar) and IDST 3780 (Ghana Seminar), are offered at the Institute and are taught by Cape Coast faculty. A third course, IDST 3790 (Local Dynamics of Change) is based in Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana, and delivered by the Institute for Local Government Studies. During the second term students also participate in a 10-12 week placement with a development organization in diverse settings across Ghana. 

Click here for more detailed information on the Academic Program for Trent-in Ghana. 

Experiential Learning

TIG provides students with the opportunity for intense personal growth, enriched by interactions with the many generous and wonderful people of Ghana.  It also offers  opportunities for students to develop the skills necessary to live, study, and work in the unfamiliar context of a developing country where they are privileged to be guests.  In meeting these challenges, they can rely on support structures provided by program staff, their Ghanaian hosts, and fellow students.

Orientation & Living Arrangements

All successful applicants participate in an orientation program in Peterborough in March/April and Accra in September. Details on visa applications, travel arrangements, money arrangements, health requirements and precautions, etc. are contained in the Handbook for Participants issued to all students and reviewed in detail at orientation. Each student will live with a host family in Cape Coast for the first month and then may choose to remain or make other arrangements.