Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Africa

Surround yourself with the history and culture of Africa, and participate in language, dance, culinary and historical activities. Through this immersive experience, you will learn about different regions, while working in teams on social innovation projects to support local communities.

New for fall 2021: Our Africa program is expanding to include Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa to facilitate the development of a holistic understanding of the continent’s diversity. This interdisciplinary program will give you the opportunity to collaborate with UB students with different backgrounds and passions than your own. Health care-focused students have used their skills to make an impact through the program's medical track, and all students have found inspiration working with children at local schools.

The expanded program builds on the success of our Ghana experience, in which students have traveled to the West African nation to meet with cultural and business leaders, deepen their knowledge of social innovation and economic development, and visit companies and cultural sites. Past site visits have included Ladybird Logistics, Fan Milk, Zoomlion and PwC Ghana, as well as the Accra open market and the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the program will be a virtual learning experience for fall 2021, with possible travel during the winter semester pending university health/safety policies. Details below.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to study in Ghana. I gained new perspectives on business and leadership, and had the chance to immerse myself in the country’s culture. Throughout this journey, I created meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime. The experience truly opened my eyes and caused me to change the way I view the world.”

— Olivia Miller, BS ’18, MS ’19

Who Can Apply

  • School of Management undergraduate students – sophomores, juniors and seniors for in-person trips; all levels for virtual programs
  • All School of Management graduate students, except Executive MBAs
  • University at Buffalo students from the following schools (contact for more information)
    • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • School of Public Health and Health Professions
    • School of Social Work

Application Deadline

  • April 16, 2021

Next Program - Virtual

The Africa program is a credit-bearing, virtual learning experience for the fall 2021 semester. There is no additional program fee.

The course will include virtual visits to socially minded organizations, as well as networking with alumni and leaders in Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa. Working in teams, you will work on a project to address a significant issue in the local community, while also participating in cultural activities around food, language, dancing and history. With this virtual experience, you can develop your global and diversity mindset—from anywhere in the world.

COVID-19 Information

Ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, alumni and business partners is our top priority. For fall 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic, all international programs will be virtual learning experiences, with possible travel during the winter semester pending university health/safety policies. Fall 2021 Experience the 50 (U.S.-based) programs are being planned for concurrent virtual and in-person experiences, with the option to shift fully virtual if necessary.

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A micro-credential is available for those who successfully complete this program. Apply here or visit the School of Management micro-credential website for more information.

Contact Us

Global Programs
School of Management
University at Buffalo
251 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260

Tel: 716-645-3353

Meet our Team

Faculty Leaders

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Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah
Clinical Associate Professor, Organization and Human Resources
Faculty Director of Global Programs

Scott Ptak
Clinical Assistant Professor, Operations Management and Strategy