Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Africa

Surround yourself with history and culture, and participate in language, dance, culinary and historical activities. Meet local leaders, visit companies and cultural sites, and deepen your knowledge of social innovation and economic development by completing hands-on projects.

New for fall 2021: Building on the success of our Ghana experience, the Africa program is expanding to include Rwanda and South Africa to help you develop 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 can use their skills to make an impact through the program's medical track, and all students will be inspired by working with children at local schools.

Next Program: Fall 2021

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 local leaders. Working in teams, you will complete a project to address a significant issue in the local community, while also participating in cultural activities around food, language, dancing and history. 

“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

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

COVID-19 Information

Ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, alumni and partners is our top priority. For spring 2022, due to the ongoing pandemic, all international and Experience the 50 programs will be virtual learning experiences, with possible travel during spring break, pending university health/safety policies.

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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