This program is designed for a wide variety of students, including those interested in studying the political and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations, and those interested in studying West African cultural practices in various musical and dance forms.
This program also offers wonderful opportunities, in the classroom and in the community, for students interested in critical issues of public health, development, and African history and culture. Through these mechanisms students become participants in, and contributors to, Ghanaian intellectual, cultural, economic, and social life.
Fall: late August to mid December
Spring: mid January to late May
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. At least one African Studies course is a prerequisite.
The University of Ghana is one of the largest institutions in the country and is compromised of faculties including law, medicine, science, social sciences, public health, business African students, and international relations.
The CIEE Study Center is located in Legon, approximately 10 miles from Ghana's capital city, Accra, at the University of Ghana. While still characterized by a vibrant atmosphere, Legon has a slower pace than the bustle of central Accra. Because of its close proximity to Accra, students have the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges of a large urban environment within an African context. Noticeably friendly, the people of Ghana make this experience one of the best opportunities for students to learn about the complexities of the African continent.
Students are required to take the Twi intensive language course. In addition, students take a minimum of four courses chosen from the regular offerings at the University of Ghana. One of the courses taken at the University of Ghana must focus on Ghana and/or West Africa.
Classes will transfer back with credits and grades. Credit and Grade Translation - CIEE Ghana. Some classes have been blanket approved. See Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please consult the Faculty Representative List (by region). Students are required to take a minimum of15-16 credits while abroad.
Students will notice striking differences between their home educational system and the Ghanaian system. Following the British model, this system offers a less structured environment that requires students to take greater responsibility and initiative. Courses may involve relatively few contact hours each week, since professors expect a great deal of individual study. This entails professors reading from notes or books, with the expectation that students copy word for word their recitation. Most classes at the University of Ghana are very large, thus making classroom interaction with the professor very rare.
Students have the choice of two housing options.
On-Campus Dormitory--CIEE students will be placed in a privately administered dormitory on campus shared with CIEE and other international students. 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.
Homestay with Ghanaian Family--This option provides 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 (beyond Legon), in most cases students are required to utilize public transportation to and from the University, a 20- to 30-minute commute.
Internet access is available throughout the campus at the University of Ghana and at the CIEE Study Center office. Students also have access to the Internet at numerous Internet cafés in the area. Limited Internet access is available in the dormitories.
A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring, Fall).
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: the Gilman Scholarship, the Fund for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), and others. For more information, please click here.