By USAC   Reviews (4)   95% Rating

USAC Ghana: Accra

By USAC   Reviews (4)   95% Rating

Courses are offered in a long list of fields, predominantly nursing, arts, biological sciences and social sciences -- both at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Ghana.

Students are invited to spend a summer, semester or academic-year in Accra!

Three courses are recommended: Introduction to Asante Twi Language; Ghanaian Culture & Natural Resources Field-Study; and Society, Government & Politics; the last of which is required.

USAC students are housed in the International Hostel for the duration of the program, a student residence hall located on-campus close to markets and restaurants, and is complete with kitchen facilities to cook in.

Locations
Africa › Ghana › Accra
Africa › Ghana
Program Type
Provider
Subject Areas
African Studies
Agriculture
Biochemistry
Botany
Chemistry
Cultural Studies
Food Science and Nutrition
Geography
Geology
Global Studies
Oceanography
Philosophy
Physics
Social Sciences
Zoology and Wildlife Sciences
Degree Level
Bachelors
Masters
Timeframe
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Summer
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Visa Requirement
Other Locations
Accra
Starting Price
2000.00

Rating Values

  • Academics
    70%
  • Support
    100%
  • Fun
    93%
  • Housing
    90%
  • Safety
    93%

Program Reviews (4)

Emily
Female
22 years old
Youngstown, Ohio
Youngstown State University

Best Experience of Your Life, I Promise

Overall
10

Studying abroad in Ghana was beyond life changing. I have always wanted to visit Africa and this was the most affordable option I could find, while continuing my academics AND serving African communities. For the sake of this review I will try to be brief but thorough of the pros and cons of this study abroad experience, while remaining as honest as possible. Some myths are also debunked for the skeptics out there.

Pros:
USAC "buddies": these are students that from the moment you arrive are like your brothers. They help you feel at home answering any question, and tagging along to any activity you feel uncomfortable with venturing on your own! These guys became life long friends, and I can't thank them enough for teaching me the Ghanaian culture.
Inexpensive: everything in Ghana is affordable; clothes, fresh foods/fruits, clean water, transportation.. You don't need to spend months saving for this trip, you can survive with very little.
Service that matters: volunteering at an elementary school where students are already english speakers makes it more comfortable to visit Africa (in my opinion). By having the ability to easily communicate with students you can better find ways to serve them; whether it is helping with assignments, providing class materials, or simply teaching them silly American recess games. YOU will learn more from these kids than you would ever expect.

Cons:
Classes: as a summer student classes seemed to be a little "too easy" for some. If you are looking to really learn a subject these courses my not be the best option in a short 5 weeks. However, if you are looking to fulfill electives while learning more about nonprofit organizations in Ghana Social Service Delivery Systems was an outstanding course.
Food: you will eat the same few meals on campus every day. The food itself is delicious (fruits, rice, chicken, plantains) but it will be repetitive.

How can this program be improved?
I feel that USAC could improve by creating more scheduled field trips for the summer sessions. Though we did have a planned visit to two locations (Kumasi and Kakum), the group planned separate trips on our own to other locations such as Wli Falls, and Mole National Park. Students would definitely take advantage of them and it would save them the stress of trying to plan a trip in a foreign country with un familiar travel needs.
Alyssa
Female
23 years old
College Park, MD
University of Maryland

Adventures in Ghana

Overall
10

My semester in Ghana was, in a word, magical.

It is nearly impossible to describe what makes study abroad in Ghana so special, especially because many of the things that make it so wonderful are the things that might scare away the less adventurous spirits.

USAC places its students in ISH (International Student Hostel), one of the nicest dorms on campus. ISH has no A/C and no hot water - so say goodbye to hot showers. The tap water in all of Ghana is untreated and so you can expect to get all of your drinking water from bottles or "sachets" (little bags). Each floor has two kitchens, but the only cooking implements are hot plates, which occasionally decide not to work. And unless you want to pay to have your laundry done for you, you'll be doing it by hand.

Still, these things, the day-to-day struggles, were part of what made Ghana so wonderful. I found that living without the things that I take for granted, I was actually happier. It helped me to appreciate the beautiful, simple things in life.

Like learning to greet my friends who worked at the Night market behind the dorm in Twi, Ghana's local language.

Like learning to love kelewele (spicy fried plantains), eating soup with fufu with my hands, and devouring a whole grilled tilapia.

Like the small joy of making it indoors just in time to miss the torrential downpours of the rainy season.

Like watching and participating in traditional dance and drumming and seeing just how beautiful and alive it is.

Like hearing Afrobeats everywhere! (if you don't love it already, you will learn to)

Like the adventure of taking a tro-tro (a minibus) across Accra.

My time in Ghana was life-changing, and I hope that I can carry what Ghana taught me about living simply and joyfully through my entire life.

As far as program-specifics go, I chose USAC because it is probably the cheapest program available, but you don't have to worry about skimping out. USAC provides as good an experience as any other program, and the support staff in Accra (Abigail, Claudia, and the student team, as well as the trusty tour guide Joe) are fantastic - they truly care about you and are easy and fun to interact with. The USAC trips are expensive by Ghanaian standards (though not by US standards) but I think it's probably worth it to pay the extra to go with the group, for the experience and bonding. And, as a side note, take the time to ask Joe about his school - it will definitely be worth it.

I recommend that with your time in Ghana, you travel a lot, but not too much! Spend weekends in Accra and not just outside - there is an awful lot to see in Accra. But, if you try hard, you can make it to all 10 regions of Ghana before you leave! Other fun things that are easy to do: take a dance or drumming class (or both), volunteer, join the ISH soccer team, get clothes made specially for you by a seamstress, and go to as many cultural events as you can (weddings, funerals, coronations, etc.).

If you have any specific questions about life in Accra, studying at UG, or my experiences with the program, please feel free to ask!

How can this program be improved?
I think that the classes that USAC offers could be improved a lot, and hopefully they're working on that. I would recommend not taking any more than you're required to - take as many classes as you can through UG instead.
Carina
Female
23 years old
Washington
Washington State University

Amazing Cultural Experience!

Overall
10

If you are the kind of person who enjoys culture, this is the place to be! Ghana is full of amazing people who are willing to open up and let you into their lives, no questions asked! Ghana was more than an experience it became a lifestyle that I still miss dearly!

How can this program be improved?
This program is more than perfect, but if there was one thing I could possibly change it would be the education system. I do not want to say it was bad but it sure was different from the American style of education. This program needs better organizational skills to addressing the international students about schooling in the University.
journeytoghana
Female
23 years old
Cincinnati, Ohio
Xavier University of Ohio

Summer in Accra

Overall
8

Studying in Ghana was one of the most challenging, enlightening, and worthwhile experiences of my life. On most days, we walked to the university building (about 20 mins) for morning classes, then ate lunch. We spent the afternoon shopping, visiting different places, or completing homework assignments. Most evenings, we went to clubs or bars to hang out as a group. There isn't a lot close to the university, so we took cabs everywhere. During the summer, Accra is humid but not extremely sunny. The greatest challenges were the new lifestyle, adjusting to the lack of food variety, and living without running water for several days (which only happened twice in 6 weeks). The challenges, however, were what made my trip worthwhile. I learned so much about myself and my capabilities as a result. I also became very close to several of the people on my trip, and had a blast getting to know individuals from universities all over the country/world. We found some favorite spots and events, such as a British pub and reggae night at the beach. Our weekend trips were worth every penny, especially the one to the Lake Volta region. Experiencing the rainforest, waterfalls, mountains, and wildlife, while in Ghana, was unforgettable. I had an amazing journey, despite the many highs and lows, and am so appreciative of the opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
I would honestly suggest taking more weekend trips if possible. Get a multiple entry visa, and go to Togo one weekend! There's not always a lot to do in Accra, and with another country so close, it's a shame to miss the opportunity. Take advantage of the location and experience everything you possibly can.

About The Provider

USAC is a non-profit organization made up of 33 U.S. member universities that has provided quality and affordable study abroad programs for over 30 years. USAC currently offers over 50 programs in 27 countries and provides a broad spectrum of assistance with housing, visa assistance, academics, field trips, internships, field study courses and more from the point you apply, your arrival and stay, to your transcript and re-entry.