Study Abroad in Legon
College Study Abroad
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 Tours & Cultural Excursions
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 clothes
Where Students Study
Located just 10 miles from the Capitol 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 agriculture, consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, social sciences, business, nursing, public health, African studies, international relations, journalism, statistical research, social research, and economic research.
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
Currency Spoken Languages Available Transportation Famous Local Climate Did You Know? Airport Social Norms What to Pack
Minivan (trotro), taxi
Kofi Annan – Ghanaian diplomat awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize
Tropical climate year-round
Ghana has the largest market in West Africa, called “Kejetia Market” – locals buy crafts, beads, sandals, second-hand clothes, meats, fruits, and vegetables here
Kotoka International Airport (ACC)
Using your left hand to shake, touch, eat food, handle money is considered rude and unsanitary
Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, sunglasses
Did You Know?
What to Pack