Legon, Ghana

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 9 – Dec 10, 2018 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 25 – Jun 2, 2019 (18 weeks*)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of political, economic, or business practices through the lens of a developing nation? What about focusing on how Ghana is using science and technology to solve the environmental, social, and health issues facing the country today? Does learning about the culture, history, agriculture, and people of Sub-Saharan African countries appeal to you? You can do all of this and more on CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program at the University of Ghana. The CIEE Legon program offers you rewarding academic and experiential learning opportunities to explore and engage in the classroom and community.

Unique Experiences

  • Learn about West Africa

    outside of the classroom by living with a Ghanaian family or on-campus housing, volunteering, interning, and observing day-to-day life.

  • Take classes

    at the University of Ghana - ranked 7th best university in Africa - in humanities, basic and applied sciences, education, and health sciences.

  • Explore beyond Legon

    with field trips and excursions around this equatorial region.

  • miles from Accra, Ghana’s capitol city

    7.5
  • students at University of Ghana

    40K
  • degrees north of the equator

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Location & Culture

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Legon’s well-educated citizens welcome other international students with open arms to their quiet suburban town, just northeast of the city center in the Accra Metropolis District. The sprawling University of Ghana [152] campus is ranked as the 7th best university in Africa. Students also enjoy access to a large shopping mall and several grocery stores, as well as restaurants and bars. Beyond campus, the equatorial region includes rainforests, wildlife parks, and pristine beaches to explore.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Travel to Cape Coast and Elmina to see slave castles and the starting point of the transatlantic journey.
  • Visit the Ashanti region to explore the traditional chieftaincy institution, history, and culture as well as the role women play in the making and unmaking of chiefs among the Ashanti people.
  • Experience regional highlights like Aburi Botanical Gardens, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Boti Falls, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Lake Volta, Tafi-Atome monkey sanctuary, and the W.E.B. Dubois Center.
  • Get involved on campus by joining a music, theater, or art group, or meeting up with Ghanaian students for soccer, running, swimming, field hockey, or tennis. Basketball and baseball are also getting popular.
  • Take advantage of campus lectures, discussions, and receptions.

INTERNSHIPS

Gain important real-world experience and academic credit by pursuing an internship. You will have the opportunity to shadow doctors and nurses during ward rounds at the West Africa AIDS Foundation and International Health Care Center; teach English or math and mentor children at the Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center; assist with research and advocacy at the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition or work alongside entrepreneurs in various fields of business.

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PROJECTS

Volunteering. Get involved with local Ghanaians through service work. Volunteer at a hospital or rural health clinic, government think-tank, NGO, day-care center, school, newspaper, domestic violence support center, or similar organization.

Community service. Join other CIEE students for a group service-project, like painting or scrubbing a special needs center, collecting donations, or building a water filtration system.

Community Engagement. Immerse yourself in the Ghanaian culture while giving back to your host community. You may volunteer at local schools and orphanages. Previously, students have volunteered in day care centers, elementary and junior high schools, teaching computer literacy, coaching soccer, and mentoring disadvantaged youth. CIEE Legon also undertakes community service every semester. Past projects have included painting, weeding, and scrubbing at a special needs center; donation of cloth items and water tanks; and the building of a water filtering system at a village.

Peer support. Have the support of  a U-Pal – a CIEE-trained University of Ghana student who will help you get settled and connected in Legon.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay. Living with a Ghanaian family is the ultimate way to soak up local language and culture. Expect to use public transportation for a 30- to 40-minute commute to campus from homes in the greater Accra region.

    Residence hall. If you choose a University of Ghana dorm stay, you’ll live on campus with a roommate from CIEE, Ghana, or another country. Students share simple double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. Dorms are a short walk from the CIEE Center.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Hosts provide breakfast and dinner during the week, and students get lunch on their own. Hosts provide all three meals on weekends. Residence hall: Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their dorms (facilities are limited) or eat on or off campus. Academic-year students have a three- to four-week break between semesters - they can remain in housing during this break, but must cover all meals and expenses.

Legon, Ghana

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE LEGON

    Legon

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    UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

    Legon

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    Getting Around

    Students can walk from dorms to classes. Homestay students take public transportation, no more than 30- to 40-minutes to campus.

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What you need to know

The program details

This program welcomes students from all academic disciplines to continue their studies while they also learn about Ghana, its people, and the predominant language, Twi. Popular areas of study include political science, public health, history, dance, and music.

Students join the University of Ghana, the oldest and largest university in the country. UG welcomes more than 39,000 students and 1,000 faculty members. Programs include agriculture (featuring three research stations), consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, social sciences, business, nursing, public health, African studies, international relations, journalism and communication, population studies, statistical research, social research, and economic research.

Courses are taught by faculty members from the University of Ghana.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students enroll in UG courses with Ghanaian and other international students. Students may also enroll in optional CIEE courses with other CIEE students.

  • GRADING

    Students are graded on mid-term (30%) and final (70%) exams, and CIEE issues official academic records.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students notice striking differences between education systems. The university follows a British model, which is less structured and requires students to take more responsibility and initiative. Professors expect students to spend significant time studying outside of class. Attendance is mandatory.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Students must be at least sophomores. College-level African studies courses are recommended.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours Contact hours: 13-48; credit – 1-3 semester/1.5-4.5 quarter hours per course
     

Students are required to take 5 or 6 courses at the University of Ghana, where they have access to a full range of courses. Students may also enroll in the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership Course, Twi language course, Internship or Independent Research course.

Spring 2018 Courses

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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 COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA COURSES

Students should review their academic plan with their academic advisor before departure. Once at the University, students will select their courses. Odd-numbered courses are offered in the fall, and even-numbered courses are offered in the spring.

  • Second year courses are numbered from 200–299.
  • Third year courses are numbered from 300-399.
  • Fourth year courses are numbered from 400-499.
     

A list of University of Ghana courses is available on the UG website within the Student Handbook. Not all courses within UG Colleges or Schools are appropriate for program participants. Students are advised that due to possible changes in the courses offered each term, they should be flexible in course selection and not necessarily expect to fulfill specific major requirements of their home institution.

College of Humanities
Business School
School of Law
School of Arts
School of Languages
School of Social Sciences
School of Preforming Arts

College of Basic and Applied Sciences
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
School of Biological Sciences
School of Agriculture
School of Engineering Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine

College of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
School of Public Health

College of Education
School of Information and Communication  Studies
School of Education and Leadership

Fall 2018 Courses

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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 COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA COURSES

Students should review their academic plan with their academic advisor before departure. Once at the University, students will select their courses. Odd-numbered courses are offered in the fall, and even-numbered courses are offered in the spring.

  • Second year courses are numbered from 200–299.
  • Third year courses are numbered from 300-399.
  • Fourth year courses are numbered from 400-499.
     

A list of University of Ghana courses is available on the UG website at https://www.ug.edu.gh/ within the Student Handbook. Not all courses within UG Colleges or Schools are appropriate for program participants. Students are advised that due to possible changes in the courses offered each term, they should be flexible in course selection and not necessarily expect to fulfill specific major requirements of their home institution.

College of Humanities

  • Business School
  • School of Law
  • School of Arts
  • School of Languages
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Preforming Arts
     

College of Basic and Applied Sciences

  • School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Engineering Sciences
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
     

College of Health Sciences

  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
     

College of Education

  • School of Information and Communication  Studies
  • School of Education and Leadership

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Ghanaian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Fall 2018 18 weeks Spring 2019 18 weeks Academic year 2018-2019

Application Due

May 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018 May 15, 2018

Start Date

Aug 9, 2018 Jan 25, 2019* Aug 9, 2018

End Date

Dec 10, 2018 Jun 2, 2019* TBD

Fees & Housing

$16,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,361 **

Housing = $2,850 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $172

Total Fees = $16,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,550 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $170 †††

Personal expenses = $200

Total Estimated Costs = $4,370

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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

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

$17,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,961 **

Housing = $2,850 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $172

Total Fees = $17,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,550

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $170

Personal expenses = $200

Total Estimated Costs = $4,370

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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

$32,585
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $26,246 **

Housing = $5,700 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $172

Total Fees = $32,585

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,550 ††

Local Transportation = $800

Books & Supplies = $500

Visa Fees = $340 †††

Personal expenses = $2,200

Expenses during break = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $10,790

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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

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

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

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