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Arts and Sciences at the University of Ghana (CIEE)
Legon, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Fall Back-Up,
Full Year,
Full Year Back-Up,
Split Year Spring,
SpltYr Spring BackUp,
Spring Back-Up
Program Dates &
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
3.0 Language(s): English, TWI
Type of Program:
Area Studies, Direct Matriculation, Service Learning Non-GU Students May Apply: No
Housing Options: Homestay, Student Residence Level of Support: Medium (Moderate onsite support)
September Deadline: No Subjects Offered: African Studies, Archeology, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, Government/Political Science, History, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Russian, Social Work, Sociology
Program Description:

Arts and Sciences at the University of Ghana (CIEE) 

Legon, Ghana

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 OGE deadline below. All applicants must also submit a University of Ghana Application, which is available through CIEE's online application.

*Applicants who do not meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to learn about their options.

About the program
  • Cost
  • University and Location
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.
  • Accommodation 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.
  • Academic Calendar
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)

Faculty of Science
(Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Nutrition & Food Science, Oceanography & Fisheries, Physics, Psychology, Statistics and Animal Biology & Conservation Sciences)

Business School
(Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations & Management Information Systems, Organization & Human Resources Management, Public Administration & Health Services Management)

College of Health Sciences
(Nursing and Public Health)
  • Courseload
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 focus 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. 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.
  • Evaluation
Students completing the prescribed course load with grades of 40% or better receive 15 GU credits and five (5) course equivalents per semester.
  • Resources
Read Neyat Daniel's Blog from Ghana.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/14/2017 TBA TBA
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