Study Abroad in Ghana

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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

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USAC
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Semester at Sea
Explore multiple countries around the world while earning up to 15 credits! Each voyage varies in it's destinations, but will...

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CIEE
Whether you want to explore the political and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations, or study...

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CIEE
Spend a summer exploring one of the most vibrant countries in West Africa. Through the Summer Ghanaian Studies program you’ll...

Ghana

Thinking Beyond Borders
**New Program for 2017** Thinking Beyond Borders’ Summer Global Health Fellowships are unique opportunities to gain valuable...

Ghana

NYU Global Programs
At NYU Accra you can gain firsthand experience of the public health system of West Africa by conducting fieldwork or voluntee...

Ghana

CISabroad
Go off the beaten path and spend a semester in Ghana with CISabroad! Study at University of Cape Coast and choose from a vari...

Ghana

SIT Study Abroad
Gain a new perspective on Africa. Eurocentric representations of Africa have downplayed the continent’s diversity and prosper...

Ghana

GEO Study Abroad
On this program you will take courses examining health and development in Ghana, as well as contemporary issues facing Ghanai...

Ghana

Travellers Worldwide
Join Travellers Worldwide in one of our Sports projects in Accra, Ghana! We work with various schools in the area, and you wi...

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Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Responsible Travel offers ethical and sustainable internship programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and in a wide va...

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University of Utah (Learning Abroad Office)
Fifty years after independence, Ghana has begun to establish national priorities around a range of newly developed and implem...

Ghana

Amizade
Study and volunteer in Ghana this summer! Through Amizade, students have the unique opportunity of studying Ghanaian literatu...

Ghana

Amizade
Learn about international development in Ghana by studying abroad with Amizade! This unique study abroad program relies prima...

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Central College Abroad (CCA)
Students from all majors will benefit from this immersion experience into Ghana's famous performing arts history. Learn about...