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BSPA-UB 2000: Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana | Explore the role of business as an agent for social change to promote sustainable economic development.

The Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana program combines business theory with hands-on implementation and cultural immersion. As a student in this three-credit spring semester course, you will explore the role of business as an agent for social change and apply principles of social entrepreneurship to promote sustainable economic development. Throughout the semester, you will interact with the village of Woadze Tsatoe over Zoom and work with our long-term partners there to consult and assist with community-led business projects. 

**While this course will be offered in Spring 2022, please note there will not be a travel component this spring due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns.  Instead, all cultural immersion will happen virtually, through established partnerships and increased connectivity in the community.**

There is no application required.

  • Enrollment is done through Albert for this spring course.
  • Enrollment is first-come, first-served, based on your registration time
  • If the course fills up there will be a Waitlist – set up ‘Edit Swap’ function on Albert to ensure you’re not stuck on the waitlist
  • Attending or viewing an Info Session is highly encouraged before enrolling in this course (see below for details)

Spring 2022 Course Overview

BSPA-UB 2000: Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana 
3 credits | Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Instructors: Professor Rachel Kowal ( and Professor Hans Taparia (

This course combines a unique social entrepreneurship experience, hands-on business learning and virtual cultural immersion. Social impact projects include expanding 3 micro-businesses—a batik cooperative, a clean water business and a cucumber farm—incubated by previous classes, implementing educational technology, and teaching business skills (accounting, marketing, management, and finance). Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana promotes sustainability and socio-economic growth in the village of Woadze Tsatoe, Ghana. This will be the seventh year of engagement between NYU Stern students and the Woadze Tsatoe community.

This 3-credit course can count towards:

  • Sustainable Business concentration 
  • Global Business co-concentration
  • Social Entrepreneurship minor (joint with Wagner)
  • Public Policy and Management Minor (joint with Wagner)
  • General Stern elective

Upcoming Events

Tune into one of the Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana Information Sessions to learn more about this meaningful opportunity!  The Info Sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, October 13th - 12:30 - 1:45 pm ET (Common Hour) - Register Here!
  • Thursday, October 21st - 12:30 - 1:45 pm ET (Common Hour) - Register Here!


This course is open to NYU Stern students from all class years who meet the following prerequisites:
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (study abroad requirement).
  • Must be enrolled at Stern in New York City for the spring semester in which you will be taking the course.


Frequently Asked Questions

I'm studying abroad in the Fall. Can I still enroll for this Spring class? 

You can absolutely enroll online via Albert! Please enroll in BSPA-UB 2000 during your regular spring registration time. If the course fills up, there will be a Waitlist. Set up ‘Edit Swap’ function on Albert to ensure you’re not stuck on the waitlist

What year should I take this course? 

It's up to you! Where you are in your academic career, your course load and your Spring Break plans are some things to keep in mind as you consider which year to take this course. Something to keep in mind: this is the only course open to first-year students that has a travel component. Last year, our class included a mix of students.

If I take the class this year, can I attend the trip a different year?

No, unfortunately you can only attend the trip component of the course if you are enrolled in the course that semester. 

Can I take the class again a different year if the trip to Ghana is reinstated?

No, as with many other Stern courses, you can only enroll in this class once.

Have a question that you don't see answered here? Email the NYU Stern Ghana Team.