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ASPiRE Student Tsion Habtamu Set to Study Abroad in Ghana

Second-year ASPiRE student Tsion Habtamu ’18, an international relations major with a minor in chemistry, has been accepted to study abroad with International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). She will spend Fall 2017 studying in Ghana with the University of Ghana-Legon.

“I’m interested in studying African government and politics,” Habtamu said. “Ghana is a developing country that practices a very transparent democracy. As an Ethio-American, my goal is for my home country of Ethiopia to achieve that as well.”

In addition to her studies, Habtamu will focus on learning Twi, the language most widely spoken in Ghana. She will also work closely with various non-profit organizations in Ghana that provide resources for children and women.

"ASPiRE really helped me narrow down my interests and discover that I was interested in international politics,” she said. “I joined ASPiRE to learn more about the Richmond community outside of VCU and to be actively involved in order to bring a positive impact.”

Founded in 1979, ISEP helps students overcome the financial and academic barriers to study abroad, partnering with more than 300 universities in over 50 countries.

For more information, contact Erin Burke Brown, ASPiRE director, at