Study Abroad in Legon

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Explore Ghana, Legon

Just three degrees north of the equator, Legon draws students and locals alike to its rainforests, wildlife parks, pristine beaches, and vibrant restaurants. The university campus comprises a good portion of this quiet suburb, but Ghana’s vibrant capital, Accra, is less than 10 miles away.

Study abroad culture in Legon, Ghana
Study abroad architecture in Legon, Ghana
Study abroad student zip lining in Legon, Ghana

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Legon, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Trips to Cape Coast and Elmina to see slave castles and the starting point of the transatlantic journey
  • Visits to the Ashanti region to explore the traditional chieftaincy institution, history, and culture
  • Tours of local highlights like Aburi Botanical Gardens, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Boti Falls, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Lake Volta, Tafi-Atome monkey sanctuary, the W.E.B. Dubois Center, and the Shai Hills Game Reserve
  • Weaving classes to make traditional baskets 
  • Cooking classes to make traditional Ghanaian meals like Jollof and Kelewele
Study abroad students in Legon, Ghana

Where Students Study

CIEE Legon
Located just 10 miles from the capital city of Accra. 

University of Ghana
University of Ghana is the oldest and largest university in the country, welcoming more than 39,000 students and 1,000 faculty members. Programs include engineering, agriculture, consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, social sciences, business, nursing, public health, African studies, international relations, education, , statistics , social sciences , and economic research.

Study abroad students posing with coconut in Legon, Ghana

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Legon, students can get involved with local Ghanaians through service work or by volunteering at a hospital or rural health clinic, government think-tank, NGO, day-care center, or similar organization. Students can also gain important real-world experience and academic credit by pursuing an internship, shadowing doctors and nurses at the West Africa AIDS Foundation and International Health Care Center, teaching English or math at the Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center, and more. 

Study Abroad Programs in Legon

Pocket Guide to Legon

  • Currency
    Ghanaian Cedi

    Spoken Languages
    Twi, English

    Available Transportation
    Minivan (trotro), taxi, Uber, Bolt, Yango

    Famous Local
    Kofi Annan - Ghanaian diplomat, former UN Secretary-General awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize

  • Climate
    Tropical climate year-round

    Did You Know?
    Ghana has the largest market in West Africa, called "Kejetia Market" - locals buy crafts, beads, sandals, second-hand clothes, meats, fruits, and vegetables here

  • Airport
    Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

    Social Norms
    Using your left hand to shake, touch, eat food, handle money is considered rude and unsanitary

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, sunglasses

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What People are Saying

  • "CIEE Legon has been a wonderful program full of fun weekend trips and extracurricular activities. They did a great job of coordinating events geared toward learning more about the culture and people."

    Ogechukwu I., Davidson College
  • "This has genuinely been one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life, and I believe that everyone should jump at an opportunity to study abroad, especially CIEE Legon."

    Rachel K., Indiana University-Bloomington