Six students from Concordia University Irvine (California) are at Wisconsin - the first group to take part in the MA International Studies - Ghana programme. Wisconsin signed an MoU with Concordia in 2014 to develop exchange programmes for students and faculty and to collaborate on the International Studies programme.

The visiting students have already spent four months on the course at Concordia. They will spend the remaining six months of their programme here in Ghana, taking lectures at Wisconsin from their own lecturers as well as local instructors. They will also undertake attachments with various local organisations.

Living in Ghana will give the students an opportunity to engage first-hand with political, economic, social and cultural issues in an international setting.

Limosha McIntosh, one of the students on the programme, shares her experience so far:

What has your experience of Ghana been so far?

“Ever since I came to Ghana, I feel part of the people. Ghanaians are very friendly and they treat people like you’re one of them. It makes it easy for us not to miss home especially when the environment is very friendly.

What have some of the highlights been so far?

We’ve visited the slave castles in Cape Coast, the Nkrumah mausoleum in Accra and the W.E. du Bois museum. We’ve also done some fun things like boat riding in the Volta River and hanging out at Labadi Beach Hotel.

Why did you decide join this programme?

I did an undergraduate degree in Architecture and International Studies. I was looking for something to expand my prospects internationally by looking at different ways people go about constructing and designing cities.

It’s one thing learning about a place when it’s far away. But when you actually go there, it becomes an experience.

What are some of the things that have sparked your architectural interest so far in Ghana?

I’ve noticed here that here they use glass to line the top of the perimeter walls around properties. In the US, we use barbed wire. But glass is much more interesting and you can use different colours of glass so it has a decorative effect.

What have you gained from the programme so far?

 I think what I’ve liked about this course is that it’s not so much about what we learn in the classroom. Living with and talking to people is what makes it a true learning experience. Sometimes academia can remove you away from the reality. Meeting people, discussing with people about government and the things that matter to them is more real.

Our generation is really fortunate. We have opportunities and access to study and live abroad to get new perspectives of how the world works.