Two boats on a lake in Ghana

Social Entrepreneurship in

Ghana

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. Over spring break you will travel to the village of Woadze Tsatoe and work with our long-term partners there to consult and assist with community-led business projects.   

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
  • If you successfully enroll you will be contacted via email with next steps. See additional details below.
  • Attending or viewing an Info Session is highly encouraged before enrolling in this course

Course Overview

BSPA-UB 2000: Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana 
3 credits | Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Course: Spring Semester | Travel: Spring Break 
Instructors: Professor Rachel Kowal (rkowal@stern.nyu.edu) and Professor Hans Taparia (htaparia@stern.nyu.edu)

This course combines a unique social entrepreneurship experience, hands-on business learning and cultural immersion in Ghana. You will study how to design and implement social entrepreneurship projects. You will then directly apply their ideas and business knowledge in NYU Stern’s partner Ghanaian village over spring break. Social impact projects include expanding 3 micro-businesses—a batik cooperative, a clean water business and a mango 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 Waodze Tsatoe, Ghana. This will be the sixth year of engagement between NYU Stern students and the Waodze 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
     

Eligibility

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. 

For juniors interested in taking this course and traveling, it is important to note that while the MULT-UB 11 International Studies Program (ISP) course is required for all juniors (except BPE & BTE students), the Spring Break ISP trip is optional. Since the trip to Ghana is also over Spring Break, juniors who are accepted into this program will travel to Ghana instead of traveling on ISP.
 

Program Timeline

Program Timeline
Date Event/Deadline
October Info Sessions
November

*During registration for the spring you will register yourself via NYU Albert. (Open enrollment as long as space remains available in the course.)

Late November Scholarship requests due.
Early December

Deadline to submit contract, passport copy, and non-refundable trip program fee. (See "Estimated Expenses" below.)

January

Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana class begins.

Mid-March

Trip to Ghana over spring break. You must take the group flight.

May

Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana class ends.

 

*Note: If you register for this class after registration week you must email the NYU Stern Ghana Team and submit your trip payment within ten days of registering.
 

Estimated Expenses

Please note: Although you will register for this 3 credit course as part of your spring schedule, NYU tuition and registration fees do not cover the additional fees for the trip. 

Estimated Expenses
You Are Responsible For: Estimated Expenses: Notes:

Trip Program Fee

$3,300

*Estimate. Includes Program Fee and round-trip group flight. Limited scholarships are available (see below).

Passport Renewal/Visa

*$110 passport/*$70 visa

*Estimate. 

Vaccinations/Travel Medicine

*$300

*Estimate. Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required to obtain a visa. Anti-Malarial medication is also highly recommended.

Personal Expenses

*$200

*Estimate

 

A Trip Program Fee will be required of all participants. The trip program fee covers:

  • Required group flight to/from New York City.
  • Group ground transportation in Ghana
  • Group hotel reservations
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Group program and cultural activities 

NYU Stern will be partnering with NYU Accra on the travel and living arrangements in Ghana. The trip will include historical, business, and cultural experiences and you will stay in hotels during the program.
 

Need-based Travel Scholarships

NYU Stern is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to participants who have demonstrated financial need. Scholarship award amounts vary, and are to help cover the program fee cost. Scholarship amounts do not cover additional costs not covered by the program fee. You must have an updated FAFSA or CSS Profile on file at NYU to be considered. 

If you would like to apply for a scholarship after you have successfully enrolled in the class, you will need to email your name, N number and a short statement of need (300 words or less) to the NYU Stern Ghana Team.
 

Passport and Visa Requirements for All Participants

Passports: You must have a passport valid for more than six months beyond the dates of the trip.  More information on how to renew or obtain a U.S. passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website. If you are an international student please contact your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  All NYU students are welcome to contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) for assistance as well.

Visas: Ghana requires that most visitors (including U.S. citizens) obtain a tourist visa prior to arrival.  

  • Visa application instructions and requirements can be found on the Travisa website.  
  • Additional information is also available on the Ghana Consulate in New York website.
  • Important note: Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required to obtain a visa

If you have questions, please contact NYU’s Office of Global Services (OGS).

It is your responsibility to apply and receive the appropriate visas for your passport in a timely manner for the trip. Trip Program Fee refunds are not provided if you fail to secure your visa.
 

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.
 

I'm a vegetarian. Will there be vegetarian meals available on the trip?

Yes, there is a vegetarian option available at every meal.
 

If you have questions about other dietary restrictions, please email the NYU Stern Ghana Team.
 

Will I get sick from eating the food/drinking the water?

Not likely. All food on the trip is catered or from vetted/approved providers and students only drink bottled water, which is readily available to you, even on the buses.
 

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