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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Partner Academic Level: 2. Sophomore
Internship Available: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Housing Options: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 3, 6, 9
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Areas of Study: Anthropology, Drama, History, Music, Politics, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:


CIEE Summer Ghanaian Studies Program in Legon, Ghana

Spend a summer exploring one of the most vibrant countries in West Africa. Through the Summer Ghanaian Studies program, you’ll gain an appreciation of Ghana’s rich culture and tradition. Learn how slavery, colonization, independence, and Pan-Africanism have influenced the country’s present-day society; and develop a better understanding of Ghanaian people through the academic courses, co-curricular activities, and volunteer projects.

Study abroad in Ghana and you will

  • Take innovative courses in Ghanaian history, politics, music, and dance taught by faculty from the premier institute of higher learning in Ghana
  • Learn firsthand about Ghanaian society through volunteer opportunities at local orphanages NGOs, schools, and other service organizations
  • Explore Ghana’s rich history and culture through a series of CIEE excursions to sites including Aburi, Cape Coast, Elmina, and Kumasi

Find out more. 

Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare. 


Academics and Curriculum
The study abroad program is offered in three, four-week sessions; students may participate in one, two, or three. Students choose one of the English-taught courses offered in each session. Each of the 4 week sessions is based on the University of Ghana campus, and all courses are taught by University of Ghana faculty. The program provides an opportunity for participants from all academic disciplines to live and study abroad in Ghana learning first-hand about the country and its people, while continuing to pursue their own academic goals. The program includes a community-based volunteer component designed to help students better understand Ghanaian history, politics, and societal values and traditions.

Accommodations and Meals
Participants studying abroad in Ghana have two housing options. The first option is to live in homestay with a 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. In most cases students are required to use public transportation to and from the university, a 30 to 40 minute commute. The homes are in the East Legon and North Legon neighborhoods.

Students also have the option of living in an international student hostel located on the University of Ghana Legon campus. Students live in double-occupancy rooms at which have 24/7 wireless internet, security service, and basic/shared kitchen facilities. Students can prepare their own meals in the kitchens of the hostel or eat at eateries and restaurants on campus or off-campus. The International Students Hostel is a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/15/2020 07/13/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.