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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Kpando, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Hotel Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, City and Regional Planning, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics Program, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Integrated Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Academic Credit: Engineering, Service-Learning Program Features: Service-Learning
Education Abroad Coordinator: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
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Program Engin Ghana tab 1

This program is designed to introduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering through proactive, meaningful, authentic, real-world, international engineering service-learning experiences. Students will collaborate with established in-country partners, to collectively develop useful sustainable technologies in fields such as housing, community planning, cultural planning, biogas and solar energy, healthcare, water, sanitation, agriculture, education, governance, and economic development. 

During the fall semester, students will assess the needs, then research, design, develop, prototype and plan various engineering solutions to meet needs determined by the local communities. Students will travel to Ghana during winter break and will implement and evaluate these projects. Students may work on a variety of projects that are currently being identified, and will likely work on one phase of the project development cycle such as Inspiration, Ideation, and Implementation. Some of the past project documentation can be viewed here. Read more about the student experience from past participants STEP blogs as well.


Students will arrive on a group flight in Accra, Ghana which is the country's capital. After purchasing necessary supplies in Accra, the group will travel to our host community, where students will stay in shared housing provided by our in-country partners. 


Students will stay in shared guest house style rooms while in Ghana.  

Resident Directors

Greg Bixler
Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering Education

Education Abroad Coordinator

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit Engin Ghana tab 2

Students will register for four credits of ENGR 5797.17S for AU18.

Throughout fall term, the class will meet for an hour and twenty minutes, twice per week, followed by a two week in-country travel experience in Ghana. Students will work in small project groups to assess the needs, then research, design, develop, prototype, pilot, and plan various engineering solutions to meet needs determined by the local communities. 

For engineering students, the program will meet part of the Global Option in Engineering requirements and may also count towards requirements for the Humanitarian Engineering minor. Depending on the department, it may also count as a technical elective. Please work with your academic advisor.



Application Requirement Engin Ghana tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student standing and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

An academic reference from a recent professor/TA is required in order for your application to be considered complete. Interviews may also be required as part of the application process.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Engin Ghana tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,303 program fee. The program fee will include round-trip international airfare, accommodations, local transportation, most meals, excursions, visa and supplemental insurance. It will not cover passport, immunizations, non-group meals, meals at the airports, and personal expenses.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $3,303 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1000 per student (subject to change).

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.



Information Sessions Engin Ghana tab 5

  • Join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday, September 4th, 2:00-6:00pm located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom 
  • Engineering and Knowlton Abroad Expo, Tuesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:30pm in E100 Scott Lab
  • See Leslie Roberts in Enarson Classroom Building during walk-in advising hours every Wednesday from 1-4pm to discuss the program further.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



I went into the country thinking that my project was near-completion and we just had to build it based on the design we came in. However, different challenges seemed to pop up at every step, and we had to use resourcefulness and creativity to deal with these problems. The most valuable part of this situation was that it was incredibly humbling since the partners we were working with were indispensably helpful in solving our problems, and this helped me realize that no matter where you go, you should always approach where you are as a student.
     — Winter Break, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2018 04/22/2018
04/30/2018 12/27/2018 01/06/2019
NOTE: Dates include travel to and from the US.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.