As sub-sahara’s first colonial country to gain independence, Ghana has enhanced its educational system and granted more political freedom (Ghana is officially a constitutional democracy). As a result, Ghana experiences fewer episodes of political chaos and widespread discontent than its neighboring countries. Ghana borders Togo, Burkino Faso, and the Ivory Coast and is roughly the size of Oregon. But, the nation’s influence has extended throughout and beyond the region.

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Flying to Ghana is not cheap and the exchange rate between the dollar, the pound or the euro is not as large as one might think. Although a study abroad experience in Ghana is a worthwhile investment, scholarships can help lessen the blow of the expenses you’ll face as a student there.

Accra

Accra is Ghana’s capital city and the country’s center for international commerce. Situated in southeastern Ghana, Accra is not only home to a rich arts scene, which receives funding from the University of Ghana’s School of Performing Arts, but also to students learned in politics and the humanities.

Cape Coast

165 kilometers down the coast from Accra, Cape Coast has a rich history as one of Western Africa’s most active hub for the Atlantic slave trade during the colonial era. The Cape Coast Slave Castle remains, but the city has become renowned for its beautiful beaches and its prestigious research programs at University of Cape Coast.

Regardless of where you study, a semester or year in Ghana will leave you more culturally enriched (if not tanner). Of course, there are still factors to consider before studying abroad in Ghana—just steer your gaze below for some helpful tips.

Academic Life

Universities in Ghana are large—ranging from 10,000 to 17,000—but each university is broken into Faculties or colleges. There are nearly 18 technical schools in Ghana and 21 training colleges. Make sure you choose a university that has your preferred program. For instance, the University of Ghana in Accra has a School of Law while the University of Cape Coast does not.

Housing

Ghana does not boast warm, beautiful weather all year long so finding permanent shelter might be in your best interest. CIEE Study Abroad Program at the University of Ghana encourages students to choose a home-stay while CIS mainly offers student dormitory living.

Be sure to choose a program that provides the type of accommodation you prefer. If you're feeling adventurous, why not participate in a homestay while in Ghana?!

Language

As with many post-colonial African nations, Ghana’s official language is English. ISEP only includes English-taught courses whereas other programs offer language classes so as to highlight Ghana’s less-spoken tribal dialects.

Student Visa to Study in Ghana

Obtaining a visa to study in Ghana is not any more difficult than obtaining a visa to study elsewhere. You will need:

  • A medical clearance against Yellow Fever if you are a resident of New York State
  • 2 * 2 passport photos, one of which must be in black and white
  • Official Ghanaian visa application

For additional information regarding Ghanaian visas, check out VISA HQ.

Social Customs in Ghana

Ghanaian culture is strongly family-orientated. Any loss that a family member incurs is deeply dishonorable to the entire family, making Ghana more societal than individual-focused. Some would even argue that Ghanaians use proverbs and wise sayings instead of blatant complaints to avoid harming relationships and society’s overall composure.

In a culture where family and the community are so important, you can imagine what an enriching experience it would be to participate in dances, drumming festivals, and other communal events. Of course, you will need to find time for studying but who says there’s anything wrong with having a balance. Students have raved about their study abroad experience in Ghana. Hop aboard a plane, enroll in classes, and discover firsthand Western Africa’s gem.

Contributed by Daniel O'Kelly

Study Abroad Programs in Ghana

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Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea: Study Around the World
Multiple Countries
9.75 •153 reviews

Explore multiple countries around the world while earning up to 15...

University of Utah (Learning Abroad Office)
Exploring Social and Political Culture in Ghana
Ghana
10 •1 review

Fifty years after independence, Ghana has begun to establish national...

CIEE
CIEE Arts + Sciences in Legon, Ghana
Ghana
9.57 •7 reviews

Immerse yourself in Ghanaian life by enrolling in courses with local...

USAC
Ghana: Accra - African Studies, International Development Studies, and courses offered directly by the University of Ghana
Ghana
9.44 •9 reviews

Courses are offered in a long list of fields, predominantly nursing...

NYU Global Programs
Study Public Health at NYU Accra in Ghana
Ghana
9.17 •6 reviews

At NYU Accra you can gain firsthand experience of the public health...

Central College Abroad (CCA)
Summer Program: Ghana History, Arts & Culture
Ghana

Students from all majors will benefit from this immersion experience...

Amizade
Amizade Study Abroad: Exploring International Development
Ghana

Learn about international development in Ghana by studying abroad with...

Amizade
Amizade Study Abroad: African Literature & Culture
Ghana

Study and volunteer in Ghana this summer! Through Amizade, students...

CIEE
CIEE January in Legon
Ghana
6 •1 review

Spend January in the extraordinary West African city of Legon and earn...

GEO Study Abroad
Global Health, Development and Service-Learning in Ghana
Ghana

This program examines issues of health and development in Ghana and...

SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad Senegal: Hip-Hop & African Diaspora
Multiple Countries

Examine how young Africans use hip-hop to critique traditional...

SIT Study Abroad
Ghana: Africa in the 21st Century
Ghana

Gain a new perspective on Africa. Eurocentric representations of...

AFS-USA
AFS Ghana Global Prep: Past and Present Perspectives in West Africa
Ghana

Ghana’s vibrant atmosphere and friendly people have made it one of the...

CIEE
CIEE Summer Ghanaian Studies in Legon, Ghana
Ghana

Spend a summer exploring one of the most vibrant countries in West...

Webster International Network of Schools Program (WINS)
Webster Ghana Study Abroad
Ghana

Studying abroad in Ghana is a bright and beautiful experience...

Tours & Trips in Ghana

Looking for something to do during your time in Ghana? Check out some of these tours and trips!
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    Tour Ghana
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    You can become involved in helping to develop communities in Ghana...

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    This epic and challenging trip takes you right the way through some...

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    Tour Ghana With WeCareInternational
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    Ever dreamt of touring Africa? Ghana, located in West Africa is your...

What People Are Saying

Ghana was just great. The sunshine, people and culture were everything I could want and more. As an African politics major, the course allowed me to delve into topics I never would have been able to...

On the beach

This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and grow a lot as a person. CIEE's direct enroll program at the University of Ghana is an amazing opportunity to study a huge variety of subjects...

The mountain-top grasslands of the Volta Region

Traveling to Ghana has been a rewarding experience like none I've had before. I enjoyed it mostly because of my continuous interactions with Ghanians throughout my stay that allowed me to learn more...

Me on the canopy walk at the Botannical Garden near the University of Ghana!

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