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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools Winter Schools

Course information

21 - 25 January 2019, Cape Coast, Ghana
Target audience

The Winter/New Year School is open for advanced undergraduate students (BA and MA), as well as to graduate students that are working on the topic of religion and (human) security from various perspectives. We invite you to bring in your knowledge and ambitions, and to share your experiences and questions.


The course is addressed to students that work on the topic of religion and (human) security. The course is primarily designed for master - and PhDs, but advanced and motivated bachelor students are also welcome to apply.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

This Winter/New Year School intends to help you develop skills and attitudes that helps you:

  • Unpack the complexity of this topic, and to reveal their interrelatedness;
  • Develop ethics, knowledge and critical thinking skills;
  • Develop the ability to reflect on major approaches to the topic of religion and human security in Africa;
  • Develop “soft skills”, e.g. (a) Writing and publishing; (b) Presentation skills; (c) Writing grant applications for PhD scholarships


The workload is estimated at 40 hours, including preparatory work and contact hours.

Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


The registration fee ( 100) includes participation, breaks, lunches, and a dinner with the entire group. Flight tickets need to be arranged by the participants, but we can always advice you. Participants can apply for financial support (registration, travel costs).

Entrance of University of Cape Coast Ghana


Housing is available in different pricing categories on the campus of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, ranging from ca. 10 to 50 per night per person. Please contact the student assistant for more information.

Summer school and the University of Groningen

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is the Groningen expertise centre in the field of religion, culture and society. We do academic research, we train theologians, specialists in religious studies and spiritual carers, we offer advice and we are dedicated to preserving religious heritage. We share our expertise by organizing public activities, about which you can read more on the website of the faculty.


For questions about the summer school, kindly contact Willard Bouwmeester at religionhumansecurity or the coordinator Kocku von Stuckrad (+31 628898997).


Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter

The deadline for application is 14 January 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are advised to take visa procedures in mind when applying for the winter school. Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15+ days to process in the Ghana Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate and Christmas holidays. 

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