The mentorship program is a first year program that pairs freshmen with social and academic mentors to help them adjust to Ghana and life at Ashesi. These mentors become facilitators for discussion groups on various cultural topics and have a duty to guide mentees to take full advantage of resources and facilitate exposure to Ghanaian culture. Mentors are chosen each year from upper level classes through a rigorous application and selection process. (Visit the ODIP to learn more about applying.)
International Buddy Program
The International Buddy Program (IBP) is an initiative of the Office of Diversity and International Programs (ODIP) aimed at establishing relationships between international students at Ashesi and members of the Ghanaian community. This is a great opportunity for those involved to learn about and experience different cultures, as well as meet new people and make friends. It is very much a joint venture, in which both the international student and the community member meet throughout the year throughout the stay of the international student at Ashesi and in Ghana, as frequently as they wish and for activities of their choice.
ODIP will match students and Ghanaian families and community members who have similar interests. There is no financial commitment for either host or student. With no set activities or times to meet there is plenty of room for creativity and fun, enriching the lives of the Ghanaian friends looking for such cross-cultural exposures in their homes and communities as well as the international student who is away from his/her immediate family.
IBP is designed to enrich our Ashesi communities beyond the campus, which includes Ashesi parent and friends, by granting them the opportunity to connect with other members of the Ashesi community besides their children or direct family relations.
International Experience Open House
The International Experience Open House event is a day-long fair to exhibit and share international experiences and opportunities students have been involved in throughout the year. The event is organised to give a chance to the entire Ashesi community to share in on each other’s experiences and encourage the student body to be more active in finding and participating in international programs.
Students Crossing Borders
Students Crossing Borders is a weekly cross-cultural discussion group in the Spring Semester that discusses issues of diversity, ranging from religion to music & dance to dangers of ethnocentrism. These discussions are meant to enable students learn more, respect and become more aware of the other cultures on campus in order to foster unity. Upon participation, students become ambassadors to the rest of the community to promote issues of diversity and internationalism. Participants have the opportunity to plan fun activities together for the semester, and engage in several activities on campus aimed at raising cultural awareness and celebrating our rich and diverse Ashesi community.