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Rhodes Study Abroad and Away Programs

admin June 16, 2015

About 65 percent of Rhodes students take advantage of learning opportunities off-campus and in other countries, most often during their sophomore and junior years. And while language and culture are common subjects of study, specialized programs abound and help students develop real-world skills in their discipline. In most cases, students pay tuition, room, and board as normal to Rhodes, including any federal and institutional aid they normally receive, which covers their tuition, room, and board while on the program.

How to Get Started

The Buckman Center for international education manages the off-campus and study abroad component for Rhodes College. To get started, explore the Online Portal for Off-Campus Study, which helps you plan ahead, search for you programs, and apply for programs. 

Types of Programs

Rhodes Summer Programs - Every year, Rhodes faculty plan programs off-campus for Rhodes students. These are commonly referred to as Rhodes “Maymesters.” The Online Portal has a list of current programs. As these are Rhodes programs, credit earned is Rhodes credit. No institutional or federal aid is portable for summer programs. However, the Buckman Center has many need-based scholarships available.

Rhodes Semester Programs - Thanks to a sizeable Mellon grant, Rhodes, Sewanee, and Centre College jointly own/operate three new semester-long off-campus study programs: the "New York City Internship Program," the "Global Ghana: History and the Diaspora Program" and the "Global Environmental Challenges Program" based in Ecuador. These programs are Rhodes programs, meaning that all credit earned is Rhodes credit and Rhodes' portable institutional and federal aid applies. Students from all three schools will enroll in these programs and the faculty leaders are drawn from each of the schools on a rotating basis. These programs operate in the fall, only.

ISEP and Bilateral Exchanges – Rhodes students have access to exchange programs worldwide and can use their portable institutional aid and scholarships to fund study abroad.

Our formal bilateral exchange agreements are with The University of Antwerp, Belgium; The University of Poitiers, France; Nebrissensis University, Madrid, Spain; The University of Tübingen, Germany; The University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany; The University of Aberdeen, Scotland; The University of Kent, England; The University of Lima, Peru; Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; and The Iberoamericana University in Puebla, Mexico. Students pay tuition (in some case, room and board) to Rhodes and receive tuition (in some cases, room and board) on the program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. Exchanges can occur in any discipline and can range in length from one semester to one academic year. In most cases, exchange students are matriculated directly into the host institution and pursue courses with host country students. Credit earned on exchange programs is treated as transfer credit. The number of students who can participate on exchange programs is limited.

Rhodes is also a member of ISEP (The International Student Exchange Program), an organization of more than 200 colleges and universities located throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Students pay tuition, room, and board to Rhodes and receive tuition, room and board on the program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. Exchanges can occur in any discipline and can range in length from one semester to one academic year. In most cases, exchange students are matriculated directly into the host institution and pursue courses with host country students. Credit earned on exchange programs is treated as transfer credit. The number of students who can participate on exchange programs is limited.

Affiliated Programs - In addition to Rhodes Programs and Exchange Programs, Rhodes has semester- and year-long Affiliated Partnerships with numerous other colleges, universities and international organizations. Students participating on an Affiliated Program pay tuition, room, and board (in some cases, partial or no board) to Rhodes and receive tuition, room and board (or partial or no board) on the off-campus program. Rhodes institutional aid and federal/state aid are portable for these programs. Credit earned on Affiliated programs is treated as transfer credit.

In the case of an Affiliated Summer Program, students pay the program out of pocket; no institutional or federal aid is portable for summer programs. However, the Buckman Center has many need-based scholarships available.

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Global Ghana: History and the Diaspora

hillise@rhodes.edu April 20, 2022

Studying in Accra, Ghana will provide students with a life-changing opportunity to live and study in a remarkable, historic city where coursework, homestays, and internships will immerse them in the vibrant and awe-inspiring culture of Ghana. The focus of the program is the complex intersections in the past and present between modern Ghana and the African diaspora in the southeastern United States. We will answer questions such as: What are the connections between Ghana and the US? How do both countries influence each other’s music, food, innovation, and fashion? When did the connections in our politics and economics have their historical beginnings? In this fall semester program, students will discover the historic and contemporary ties connecting western Africa to the US diaspora, examining topics ranging from the west African slave trade to the Pan-African movement and beyond. Students from three schools, Rhodes, Centre, and Sewanee, will take part in this unique liberal arts collaboration examining these intriguing and important questions.

Course Credit:

Students will take four courses, totaling 16 hours. F11 will be granted for satisfactory completion of this program.

  • International Studies 255: Globalization and the Challenges of Development in Ghana - 4 credits (F9)
  • Music 116: Ghanaian Popular Music - 4 credits (F5)
  • History 274: Ghana and West Africa’s Pasts in the Black Atlantic - 4 credits (F3)
  • Urban Studies 265: Perspectives on Culture and Communication in the Ghanaian Context - 4 credits (F8 and F9)
  • Academic Internship - 4 credits

Course Descriptions:

Globalization and the Challenges of Development in Ghana:
Taught by Dr. Akosua Darkwah of the University of Ghana. (INST 255, 4 credits, F9). This course will include site visits to locations within Accra that highlight fashion, food, and gender and entrepreneurship. We will begin with a brief history of markets in Ghana as we begin to define "What is Globalization?" From various interpretations and meanings of globalisation, we will investigate globalization’s influence on society including cultural implications. We will discuss topics such as transnationalism, agricultural developments, real estate, manufacturing, and even alternatives to globalization. How does globalization interface with social justice movements and women's rights? What part does Ghana play in international relations for the local region and continent of Africa? We will answer these and other questions as we explore our global Ghana.

Ghanaian Popular Music:
Taught by Dr. Eric Doe of the University of Ghana. (MUSC 116, 4 credits, F5). Highlife music has emerged as one of the most popular world music genres from West Africa in the last century. The music tradition's success on the world stage is closely associated with its Trans-Atlantic influences and the impact of African traditional and imported Western and Black Diasporic performance norms. The present proliferation and popularization of various musical styles marketed as 'highlife' or Ghanaian popular music point to the fact that Ghanaian musical expressions draw their musical characteristics from indigenous Ghanaian music heritage juxtaposed with ideas borrowed from the West. Styles are differentiated according to time, place, and cultural influences concerning embellishment, language choice, vocal timbres, and instrumental resources. This course analyses the musical varieties within genres marketed as Ghanaian 'popular' or "highlife" music. It offers broader political, economic, and socio-historical perspectives on various factors rooted in ethnicity, gender, identity, Pan-Africanism, and generational class relations that have contributed to contemporary understandings of Ghanaian ‘popular’ and highlife music. Our exploration of Highlife will range from the relationships between Ghanaian and West African music research to the marketing of highlife music today, from ethnographic approaches to Ghanaian performance to the philosophical and ethical considerations involved in studying it. Throughout the course, we will consider how Ghanaian 'popular' musicians and related groups have created a range of sound worlds under considerable social, political, and commercial pressure.

Academic Internship and weekly seminar:
Led by Dr. Elsie Gaisie-Ahiabu, an international educator based in Accra. An unpaid academic internship would replace course #1 or #2 above. (Depends on major and pre-approval from Career Services is required. 4 credits). Students will attend a weekly seminar in addition to 10+ hours of internship each week. Students will be placed in internship/service learning assignments at various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), healthcare providers, research institutes, and other local agencies, referred to as ‘attachments’ in Ghana, that are designed to complement the global health and development emphasis of the program, as well as to meet the individual interest of each student. The actual placement of each student will be based on his/her unique academic background, training, skills, and personal interests. The types of attachments available to students are numerous and include areas as diverse as health; environment; family planning; women’s empowerment; new information and communication technologies; agriculture; education; literacy; culture and arts; tourism; politics; economics and business; mass media, and others. Internship duties and responsibilities vary depending on the specific needs of the organization, however, they can include writing, researching, job shadowing, interviewing, advising, teaching, community organizing, mentoring, training, fundraising, photographing, and a variety of other alternatives. The weekly seminar is designed to assist students in working cross-culturally in Accra and to gain the fullest benefit from undertaking an international academic internship. Students will also be given information about ethics, safety, and professionalism in the context of their internship placements. The seminar may include a site visits, weekend field excursions, and day-long community service projects. The internship carries 4 credits, but the weekly seminar is non-credit bearing.

Ghana and West Africa’s Pasts in the Black Atlantic*:
Taught by Dr. Kofi Baku of the University of Ghana. (HIST 274, 4 credits, F3). This course will be coupled with an overnight field trip to the north of the country, the origins for many people who were enslaved and then brought to the Ghanaian coast for transport to the Americas. Student will also visit Cape Coast, the site for two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the “slave castles” Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle. This course provides an introduction to slavery in Ghana and West Africa and the Atlantic slave trade out of West Africa. The course uses Ghana as a window to explore the history and material culture of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in West Africa. It combines lectures, class discussions, documentaries, and field trips to sites of enslavement, slave markets and resistance to slavery and student analysis of contemporary sources. Instead of presenting a comprehensive survey, covering every aspect of this vast subject, this course takes a topical approach by focusing on a selection of themes and issues that are crucial to developing an understanding of slavery in Ghana and West Africa and the slave trade across the Atlantic. Themes to be covered include slavery and nation building in West Africa, African and European agency in slavery and slave trade; slavery and slave trade in framing the social structure of Ghana and West Africa; the legacies of slavery in Ghana and West Africa and the ways in which slavery is remembered in Ghana and West Africa. Throughout the course, we will pay attention to the debilitating effects of slavery and the slave trade on West Africa and on its development.

Perspectives on Culture and Communication in the Ghanaian Context*:
Taught by Dr. Sarah Murray, Centre College. (URBN 265: Topics in Urban Studies, 4 credits, F8 and F9). Students will define culture and communication within a global context, identifying barriers to intercultural competency. This course will examine how global perspectives influence the way we communicate and collaborate across cultures. Students will examine how we might define culture and communication within a global context. As they navigate the Ghanaian landscape, students will identify perceived barriers to intercultural competency and examine how to become an effective communicator in the classroom and beyond. Students will also analyze how global competency can promote a more diverse and inclusive community. Applying a community-based framework, students will observe and analyze another culture from the inside. In response to specifically framed questions, students will have the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills and written communication. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture as they interact with family members in their home-stays, network with Ghanaian college students and community members, practice social science research skills such as educational and anthropological fieldwork, and tour local/regional sites. Students’ culminating work will draw from course readings, community-based experiences, and research applications. 

*These two courses are mandatory for all participants. Students will select an additional two courses, or an additional course plus academic internship, for a total of 16 credits.

 

Printed from: https://catalog.rhodes.edu/programs-study/rhodes-study-abroad-and-away-programs/global-ghana-history-and-diaspora


Maymesters

admin June 16, 2015

Rhodes Summer Programs, commonly referred to as "Maymesters", take place over the summer in May, June, July, or August. Generally, programs may begin as early as the day after Commencement and will end before Opening Convocation. Most Maymesters are about three weeks long, though they may take place over as few as two weeks or as many as six weeks. Most Maymesters are international, though several are domestic.

In consultation with the Director of International Programs, faculty members propose, design, and lead their own Maymesters. It's normal for program development to take about 11 months.

Course Content: Generally, each Maymester's coursework takes place within the academic discipline of the faculty leader. For course titles, descriptions, credits, and Foundations credit, see the Buckman Center's website for current Maymester programs. 

Rhodes typically offers 10-12 Maymesters each summer, based on faculty interest and availability. Some programs operate every year; others alternate years or are only offered every several years. New programs are always being developed, thanks to the Buckman International Curricular Development Grants, which provide funds for faculty to travel/research for the development of new Maymesters.

The following is a list of Maymesters offered in the last several years, with an * next to ones operating Summer 2022:

  • Ancient Greek Mythology
  • Art and Art History: Archaeological Fieldwork in Greece*
  • Buddhism in Thai Society*
  • Caesarea City and Port Exploration Project*
  • Classical Music Appreciation in Vienna
  • Environmental Archaeology at Ames* (domestic)
  • Environmental Field Study in Namibia*
  • French Immersion in Paris
  • Health and Mental Health Disparities in an International Context, The Case of Thailand*
  • Healthy Cities: The Political Economy of Urban Policymaking
  • Holocaust Travel Seminar
  • Intensive Language - German
  • Intensive Language - Russian
  • International Business Cases and Religion in the Low Country*
  • Rhodes in China: Chinese and Political Science
  • Rhodes in Rennes: French National and Regional Identity and Culture
  • Rocky Mountain Ecology Field Research (domestic)
  • Search Abroad in Latin America
  • South Africa Maymester: Business and Psychology
  • Spanish Immersion in Ecuador*
  • Spanish Immersion in Latin America
  • Summer School in London*
  • Summer Study in Europe*
  • The Urban World of the First Christians

Printed from: https://catalog.rhodes.edu/programs-study/rhodes-study-abroad-and-away-programs/maymesters


New York City Internship Program

person@rhodes.edu July 13, 2021

The New York City Internship Program takes place in the fall semester in NYC and is composed of one 8-hour internship and two 4-credit classes, for a total of 16 academic credits.

Students will challenge themselves through an intensive internship and study experience in the vibrant and culturally and linguistically heterogeneous environment of New York City. They will gain meaningful, real-world work experience in New York City, learning experientially in several domains: career readiness and marketability, training in cross-cultural adaptation to one of the largest and busiest cites in the US, and academically through the two 4-credit courses offered on this program. One benefit from the urban setting of New York City is its proximity to museums, libraries, theatres, galleries, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, and global industries, such as finance.

This pre-professional program leverages our strong alumni community and internship opportunities in NYC with two academic courses on the history of the people of New York and the theatre industry on and off Broadway. This is a collaborative program between Centre, Sewanee, and Rhodes: each school will send students to participate. Student applications are on the Buckman Center's website.

Course Credit:

F11 will be granted for satisfactory completion of this program.

  • Academic Internship – 8 credits
  • History 239: New York and Its Peoples, Past and Present – 4 credits (F3)
  • Theatre 265: New York Theater Experience: The Building of a Culture and a Career – 4 credits (F5)

Course Descriptions:

History 239: New York and Its Peoples, Past and Present
This course explores New York City by studying the migrants and immigrants who have settled there since its founding. It explores how migrants and immigrants change New York, how the city changes them, and the significance of ethnic diversity in the city’s politics and culture. We will read scholarly writings, examine films and music as primary sources, take field trips to immigrant neighborhoods, and visit museums devoted to migration and immigration. At every opportunity, we will venture outside our classroom to learn about the city through direct observation.
 
New York City is a place of constant change, but its defining traits have been present since its earliest times: a dynamic economy that generates both wealth and poverty; ethnic diversity and ethnically defined neighborhoods; religious pluralism; turf-based politics that features ethnic mobilizations and coalitions; and a hybrid popular culture. All of these can be traced to the long history of migration and immigration in New York City. In this course, you will learn in and from New York City. You will explore the past and present of the city in light of its migrants (primarily African American and Puerto Rican U.S. citizens) and immigrants from Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. We’ll study how migrants and immigrants change New York City, how New York City changes them, and the enduring significance of ethnic diversity in the city’s politics and culture.

Theatre 265: New York Theater Experience: The Building of a Culture and a Career
The class will highlight the personal, cultural, and professional value of theater through attending eight live performances at a variety of venues: including Broadway, the center of the global commercial theater world, New York’s Public Theater, the non-profit home where many great artists and new plays have been developed and nurtured, as well as others. The class will also offer weekly discussions highlighting the history/mission of each institution and discussing different professional disciplines within the field. The lectures will be supported by reading of current articles written on key issues within the industry, and post show discussions with artist involved in the various productions.

 

 

 

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