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Primatology in Ghana

Join one of Canada’s premier primatology programs in Ghana, a program offered through the University of Calgary and widely recognized as amongst the best in North America. You will have the exceptional opportunity to study primate behaviour in Ghana, to visit diverse ecosystems and protected areas, and to live in rural Ghana for four weeks.

In the heart of the Ghanaian forest you will learn the fundamentals of wild primate research design and data collection through first-hand observation of two species of diurnal monkeys. Students will train in all aspects of fieldwork and will use their skills to create a research project on primate behaviour. This experience will also foster the development of other skills necessary to successful fieldwork, including teamwork, individual problem solving, and the ability to be flexible in the face of changing circumstances. Students will learn to work in a vastly different set of conditions than what they are typically exposed to. Students will also be given the opportunity to observe a wider range of human-environment relations in this part of the world, by conducting field trips to National parks and community-based conservation projects. 

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Program typeGroup Study
Application statusClosed
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