Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students are highly encouraged to have completed a course focusing on Africa prior to participating in the program.
Applications are due in February for the upcoming fall or full year and in October for the spring term. If you are considering a full year abroad in two locations (split year), you must submit application materials for both programs at the deadline for the first program.
Students must also apply online to CIEE. In order to open a CIEE application, students must first create a MyCIEE account. Students need to create their MyCIEE account and open a CIEE application by the OIP deadline below. All applicants must also submit a University of Ghana Application, which is available through CIEE's on-line application.
Located in Legon, approximately 10 miles from Accra, the University of Ghana is the largest of the six public universities in Ghana. With nearly 30,000 students, the University offers of breadth of coursework in humanities, science, business, nursing and social science. Because of the program's proximity to the capital, students have the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges of a large urban environment within an African context.
Accomodation and Meals
Students have two options for housing: dormitories and home stays.
There are two dormitories in which students may be placed: a University of Ghana dormitory or a privately administered dormitory on campus shared with CIEE, Ghanaian, and other international students. In both dormitories, students share double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the dormitory option. Students can prepare their own meals with the limited cooking facilities in the dormitory or eat at establishments on or off campus. Students living on campus can expect fewer amenities and more basic accommodations but will benefit from close interaction with Ghanaian and other African peers. The dormitories are a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center.
Homestays provide an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their experience in Ghana. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout greater Accra, in most cases students are required to utilize public transportation to and from the University, a 20- to 30-minute commute.
Level of Program Support: Medium.
Fall semester: mid August - mid December
Spring semester: early January - early May
Full Year: mid August - early May
Fields of Study and Language of Instruction
Language of Instruction is English.
Faculty of Arts
(English, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Philosophy & Classics and Study of Religions)
Faculty of Social Studies
(Archaeology, Economics, Geography & Resource Development, History, Information Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology)
Students take an intensive Twi language course (TWIL 1001 ACGH) during the first half of the semester along with a minimum of four University courses, at least one of which should focuse on Ghana or West Africa.
Class sizes for first- and second-year courses can number in the hundreds and may in some cases exceed 1,000. It is for this reason that students should look at courses in the third and fourth years of study. Students must take note, however, that due to examination schedules, all University courses must be taken in the same year. This means that if a students wishes to take a third-year history course, all of their other University coursework must also be at the third-year level.
The final digit of the UG course number indicates when the course is offered: odd numbers are used for the fall term and even for the spring. Course descriptions/briefs are available on the individual department pages through faculty links in the Fields of Study section above.
Students completing the prescribed course load with grades of 40% or better receive 15 GU credits and five (5) course equivalents per semester.