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Study Abroad in Legon

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Explore Legon, Ghana

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 makes up a good portion of this quiet suburb with Ghana’s vibrant capital, Accra, less than 10 miles away.

When you study abroad in Legon, you’ll immerse yourself in Ghanaian life and experience the vibrant heritage and culture of this fascinating city. Studying abroad in Legon allows students to explore everyday life in Ghana, from the lively University of Ghana campus and authentic restaurants to pristine beaches and wildlife parks.


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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Legon

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
  • Weaving classes to learn how to make traditional baskets 
  • Tours of local highlights, like the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Boti Falls, and Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
  • Cooking classes for traditional Ghanaian meals like Jollof and Kelewele

If you’re a student looking to explore a quiet suburban town just over 7 miles from Ghana’s capital, CIEE’s tours and excursions in Legon allow you to do just that! Whether you want to learn the Twi language, eat traditional Ghanaian dishes, or learn about Legon’s equatorial region, studying abroad on one of CIEE’s Legon programs offers something for everyone.

About the Center

CIEE Legon is located inside the University of Ghana, the country’s oldest and largest public university and CIEE's renowned partner institution. The Center features two main classrooms, a general space that can also serve as a bigger classroom, a modest library, a lounge area for relaxation, and a vast outdoor space (with a mini football field and a basketball court). Students are encouraged to use the onsite printer, complimentary WiFi, and onsite desktop computers. 

Just 10 miles from Accra – the country's capital – CIEE Legon is near stunning botanical gardens, affordable markets, popular restaurants, and the city's top landmarks. There are also several universities in the area, giving CIEE students the perfect opportunity to socialize with local Ghanaian students.

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Where Students Study

CIEE Legon
CIEE Legon is located within the University of Ghana and sits just 10 miles from the capital city of Accra. 

University of Ghana
University of Ghana, Legon campus, is the oldest and largest university in the country, welcoming more than 39,000 students and 1,000 faculty members. One of 13 Ghanaian national public universities, studying abroad at the University of Ghana includes programs from international relations, business, and public health to arts, law, and African studies.

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Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer in Ghana. Students looking to intern in Legon can gain real-world experience and academic credit by shadowing doctors and nurses at the West Africa AIDS Foundation and International Health Care Center, teaching at the Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center, and more.

Students interested in volunteering in Legon 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.

Study Abroad Programs in Legon

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  • Legon, Ghana
New for Summer '25
  • Full-Time Internship

Spend your summer expanding your business portfolio, growing your global network, and gaining real-world work experience on an international internship in Legon, Ghana!

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Study Program

Earn credits studying culture and reproductive health in the extraordinary West African city of Legon” to “Earn credits studying Ghana’s rich history in the extraordinary West African city of Legon.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
  • Volunteering
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  • Legon, Ghana
  • Study Program

Spend your winter break studying abroad in one of West Africa's most extraordinary destinations.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Legon, Ghana
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Ghana has a rich cultural heritage and fascinating history of politics

Program Interests
  • Host Institution
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
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  • Legon, Ghana
New for Spring '25
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Spend your semester living and learning in Ghana, a vibrant West African nation celebrated for its rich history, cultural diversity, and significant contributions to pan-Africanism.

Program Interests
  • Life by the Sea
  • Small City
Pocket Guide to Legon

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

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

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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

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of studying abroad in Legon varies depending on the specific program that you choose and how long you plan to study abroad for. For detailed cost information, we recommend researching each individual Legon study abroad program page.

For costs not included in your program’s outlined fees, it’s important to consider factors surrounding your individual journey while abroad.  

Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?

Located just three degrees north of the equator, Legon, Ghana, is a good place to study abroad for students looking to learn about Ghahaian language, culture, art, and more. With the University of Ghana serving as a main focus of the town, students will experience a lively college-town atmosphere with much to explore, from abundant wildlife and parks to authentic restaurants and shops. 

Life in Legon, Ghana, is known for a much slower, more relaxed lifestyle with warm and hospitable people. Living in Ghana as a student is a one-of-a-kind experience very different from Western life that’s sure to leave a positive impression on students.

In one of the safest countries in Western Africa, Legon is a safe study abroad destination for students. As with any city, we recommend that students stay aware of their surroundings, keep their belongings safe, and travel in groups when possible.

In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Legon.
For more detailed information on diversity in Legon, visit our Diversity in Legon page.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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Apply in 1,2,3!

You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Legon. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Legon to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application
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Study Abroad Sholarships


Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.


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Legon Study Abroad Reviews

  • "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