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Study Abroad in Legon
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Get to know West Africa and learn more about global and local business practices on CIEE’s International Business and Culture program in Legon. In this home to some of the friendliest people in the region, you’ll witness firsthand business, development, and entrepreneurship in Africa during community engagement and service projects, an internship, and more. You’ll build ethical leadership and business skills during courses at Ashesi University, an innovative private African university founded by a former Microsoft executive and Berkeley Hass School of Business graduate. Plus, you’ll explore the area’s rich traditions and culture during excursions to tropical waterfalls, historic slave-trade routes, beautiful lakes, and local businesses and social enterprises.

Study abroad in Legon and you’ll:

  • Develop basic communication skills in Twi, the most widely spoken indigenous language of Ghana
  • Immerse yourself in Ghana’s rich cultural history through visits to inspiring landmarks, such as Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Aburi Botanical Gardens
  • Choose from a range of liberal arts and business courses
  • Enjoy a vibrant campus life with students from 22 diverse nations, including 14 different African countries
  • Get to know some of the friendliest people in Africa during cultural activities including attending live music and theater performances
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study. $2,500 per student.

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

Students take part in numerous excursions to sites throughout Ghana. Tour the Aburi Botanical Gardens. Explore sites of significance to the history of slavery such as the slave castles in Cape Coast and Elmina and the Assin Manso Slave River. Visit the Ashanti region to experience the culture and traditions of the Ghanaian peoples through the chieftaincy institutions, systems of inheritance, and the role of women in the making and unmaking of chiefs. Visit a beach town where Europeans first settled in West Africa, explore the final home of Pan-African civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois, and tour the nation’s capital. You’ll also visit the birthplace of Kente cloth, and get a firsthand look at how rural enterprises shape the Ghanaian society and economy.

Community Engagement

CIEE groups engage in projects that help Berekuso and the nation’s capital, Accra. In the past, students have interned at organizations like Mail Finance to provide low-income petty traders with basic financial literacy; the Institute for Economic Affairs to take part in research and advocacy; and local financial and accounting companies to help conduct audits of small and medium-scale enterprises. Students have also had the chance to volunteer at Hope Community, a facility for kids living on the streets, and Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center, which helps underprivileged children who are not in school.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
05/15/2016
08/28/2016
12/18/2016
$16,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,210
Housing ***
$2,850
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$172

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees ***
$170
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $500 for one semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** non-citizen ID card + visa extension

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
11/01/2016
01/15/2017
05/07/2017
$16,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,361
Housing ***
$2,850
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$172

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees ***
$170
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $500 for one semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** non-citizen ID card + visa extension

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Academic year 2016-2017 (36 wks)
05/15/2016
08/28/2016
05/07/2017
$31,600

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,310
Housing ***
$5,700
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$172

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$3,600
International Airfare **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees ***
$340
Personal expenses
$4,000
Expenses during break ****
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $500 for one semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** non-citizen ID card + visa extension

**** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • GPA of 3.0 in major field of study
  • Junior standing and above at the time of participation in the program
  • Coursework with African content recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours and for the academic year is 30–36 semester/ 45–54 quarter hours. Ashesi University courses include 42 contact hours for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Students are required to take Twi Language and complete their program of studies by direct enrolling in courses offered by Ashesi University.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students may take Twi Language for Beginners and four to five other courses per semester at Ashesi University.

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About the City

About The City

Berekuso is a rural university town about an hour from Accra, the capital of Ghana, and 40 minutes from Legon, where the CIEE Study Center is located. The Ashesi University campus, completed in 2009, features a new library, student housing, arboretum, plaza, academic courtyard, outdoor amphitheater, and computer labs. The thoughtful environmental design and landscaping on campus make it one of Africa’s most beautiful. Students attend campus and sporting events, lectures, musical and theater performances, and more. University officials find that even students who live in Accra come to campus on weekends for its vibrant student life.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Ashesi University College is a private liberal arts college beautifully situated in the rural community of Berekuso, an hour's drive from Ghana's capital, Accra. The campus’s interconnected courtyards create a natural and peaceful environment for learning, community building, and recreation. The university’s founder and president, Patrick G. Awuah, Jr. is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Berkeley Haas School of Business. The university, which began with 30 students in in 2002, has grown to enroll more than 600 students from more than 20 countries. The name, “Ashesi,” means “beginning.” The mission of the college is “to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform a continent.”

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students share double rooms in Ashesi University residence halls on the new Berekuso campus. Residence halls have shared restrooms and kitchenettes. Students typically purchase a meal plan and eat meals in the campus cafeteria. There is a student lounge with a café that serves drinks, snacks, and simple meals. The campus also offers a small convenience store.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience before you leave home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The resident director meets students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni say are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for this orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals. Once in Ghana, you'll take part in a weeklong mandatory orientation during which you’ll be introduced to the country, culture, academic program, and practical information about living in Ghana.

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Internet

Internet

Wireless Internet connections are available on campus. However, Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the United States and may require additional fees.

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Culture

Culture

Opportunities are available to join music, theater, and art groups; participate in athletics; and attend lectures, discussions, and receptions. Sports such as soccer, running, swimming, field hockey, and tennis are popular with Ghanaian students. Basketball and baseball are gaining popularity as well.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Ashesi University has adopted an honor code, intended to build a community of trust and to put students in charge of their ethics and the reputation of their alma mater. By so doing, they take a significant step in Ashesi’s mission to educate a new generation of ethical leaders.

Nature of Classes

Small interactive classes that incorporate different pedagogical approaches.

Grading System

Grades are assigned based on midterm and final exams and, depending on the course, additional assignments, such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation also are incorporated into the final grade for courses. Attendance is mandatory; unexcused absences result in an academic penalty.

Language(s) of Instruction

English, Twi

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty members from Ashesi University.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Twi Language for Beginners
The goal of this course is to give students a basic knowledge of Twi, Ghana's most commonly spoken language. The course is organized specifically for CIEE participants. Students interested in studying another Ghanaian or African language may do so, but must still enroll in the Twi language course. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Sample Ashesi University Electives:

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Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Leadership Seminar Series
Comparative Politics
African Repertory: Music & Dance
Archaeology: Africa – History, Cultures, Civilizations & Nations
Archaeology: Ghana in Multi-Perspective
Architecture: Traditional Design & Architecture in Africa
History: Africa in the International Setting
History: The History of Chieftaincy in Ghana
Philosophy: African Philosophical Thought
Political Science: Conflict in African States
Sociology: Africa in the World, Ghana in Africa
Sociology: Traditional Medicine
Strategic Brand Management
Corporate Finance
Business Law
Operations Management
Marketing
Managerial Accounting
International Trade and Policy
Software Engineering
Operating Systems
E-Commerce
Programming I and II
Artificial Intelligence
Database Management

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