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Legon, Ghana

Arts + Sciences

Study Program Part-Time Internship

Tentative Dates

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14 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

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Tentative Dates

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34 weeks

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15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

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Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Tentative Dates

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16 weeks

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

Are you on the hunt for a study abroad destination relevant to your degree and capable of enriching your worldview? Look no further than Ghana, one of the wealthiest pan-African countries in West Africa!

Immerse yourself in one of Ghana's central suburbs, Legon, where you'll quickly adapt to Ghanaian life. Ranked the seventh best university in Africa, you'll take classes alongside local and international students at the University of Ghana in courses like humanities, basic and applied sciences, education, health sciences, biology, dance, economics, history, music, political science, public health, sociology, and more. During your program, you can enroll in a full course load or combine your courses with CIEE electives like internships, directed independent research, and more.

All your courses are complemented with co-curricular activities and excursions organized by CIEE beyond the classroom to enhance your intercultural understanding. From a trip to the Ashanti Region – one of the most significant cultural hubs of the country – to a tour of Cape Coast – a historic city that helped shape the continent – you will have various opportunities to participate in hands-on activities that connect you to local Ghanaian communities.

For Spring 2024, no courses will be available at the University of Ghana due to the All-African Games being hosted in Legon. A full course load will be available through CIEE Legon.

Unique Experiences

Learn about West Africa

outside of the classroom by living with a Ghanaian family or in 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.

7.5

miles from Accra, Ghana’s capital city

53 K

students at University of Ghana

3

degrees north of the equator

Experience
  • legon trio of men with elephant in background
  • legon four students at the coast

Your Destination

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 campus is ranked as the 1st in West Africa and 15th 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 full of rainforests, wildlife parks, and beaches to explore.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Legon.

The Culture

legon trio at waterfall

Excursions & Activities

  • Travel to Cape Coast and Elmina to see slave castles and the starting point of the Ttransatlantic 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.
legon student playing with kids

Projects

Volunteering. Get involved with local Ghanaians through service work. Volunteer at after-school programs such as the Play and Learn Foundation, an orphanage, an environmental NGO, an educational NGO, or similar organizations. 

Community Service. Join other CIEE students for a group-service project, like painting, tree planting, mentoring kids at an orphanage and providing tutorials in basic Math and English, teaching IT skills, collecting donations, or building water filtration systems. 

Community Engagement. Immerse yourself in the Ghanaian culture while giving back to your host community. In the past, students have volunteered at daycare centers, elementary and junior high schools, taught computer literacy, coached soccer, and mentored disadvantaged youth. CIEE Legon also undertakes community service every semester. Past projects have included painting, weeding, cleaning a special needs center, collecting donations of clothing items, and building a water filtering system for 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 socially and academically. 

Internships. Gain important real-world experience and academic credit by pursuing an internship. Opportunities include shadowing doctors and nurses during ward rounds at the West Africa AIDS Foundation and International Health Care Center; teaching English or math and mentoring children at the Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center; assisting with research and advocacy governance think tanks like the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition and Ghana Integrity Initiative, or working alongside entrepreneurs in various fields of business and social enterprises. 

Have a look at some for-credit internship options: 

 

legon large group posing

Directed Independent Research

Receive supervision from local professors while you embark on independent research. Over the years, some areas that have been independently researched and successfully supervised are HIV/AIDs in collaboration with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Reseach, Post-Colonial Ghanaian Literature, African Religion, Haitian History, Marine Biology, and Economics. At the end of the course, there is an opportunity to present your findings before a group of local experts.

Program Blogs

Exploring Ghanaian Cuisine!

By Kylea C.

When people asked what I was most excited about when preparing for my semester abroad I replied with "dance, music, and food!" In regards to food specifically, I was looking... keep reading

Arrival In Accra, Ghana: First Impressions and Observations

By Kylea C.

Who let me book a solo flight to Ghana?! This is what I thought in the days leading up to my departure. I viewed the trip ahead with much anticipation... keep reading

From CIEE

One Village, One History, One Craft

By CIEE Legon at CIEE

Vume is a small town in the Volta Region of Ghana , which is known for the art of clay pottery. When the craft was introduced, the people of Vume... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "With the scholarships that CIEE provides, CIEE makes studying abroad more accessible for low income students. CIEE also streamlines the studying abroad process by providing students with helpful step-by-step instructions of required actions and with support from responsive staff."

    Mariah D., Emory University

  • "CIEE provided a great and enlightening program that allowed students to really experience the host culture while fostering community. Since being on this program my life goals have been infused with aspects I have received from my program."

    Deven D., Susquehanna University

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

    Ogechukwu I., Davidson College

  • "This has genuinely been only 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

Housing
Academics

Academics

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

Fall: Students join the University of Ghana (UG), the oldest, most diverse campus community and largest university in the country. UG welcomes more than 53,000 students from over 87 countries and about 1,250 faculty members from 22 countries. Programs include agriculture (featuring three research stations), consumer sciences, economics, computer science, engineering, performing arts, law, medicine, natural sciences, social sciences, business, nursing, public health, African studies, international relations, mathematics, journalism and communication, population studies, statistical research, social research, and economic research.

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

Spring 2024: No courses will be available at the University of Ghana due to the All-African Games being hosted in Legon. All courses will be taught by faculty members from CIEE Legon.

GPA

2.5

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Recommendations

College-level African studies courses are recommended, but not required. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

15-18 semester/22.5 - 27 quarter credits comprised of University of Ghana and/or CIEE courses 

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter credits 

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • CIEE Internship: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours 
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 20 faculty advising hours, 120 research hours 
  • University of Ghana courses: 1-3 semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 13-48 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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. There are mandatory tutorials by Teaching Assistants. 

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 assessed based on midterm and final exams. Attendance and participation count toward final grade. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

  • Students should review their academic plan with their academic advisor before departure. Students will select their courses upon arrival. 
  • Spring 2024: No courses will be available at the University of Ghana due to the All-African Games being hosted in Legon. All courses will be taught by faculty members from CIEE Legon.
  • For the 2023/2024 Academic year, Odd-numbered courses are offered in the Spring, and even-numbered courses are offered in the Fall term.  This may switch in the following year, and if so, will be communicated.  
    • 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 (UG) 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 to be flexible in course selection and not necessarily expect to fulfill specific major requirements from their home institution, due to possible changes in the courses offered each term. 


 

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Spring 2024: No courses will be available at the University of Ghana due to the All-African Games being hosted in Legon. All courses will be taught by faculty members from CIEE Legon.

University of Ghana (UG)

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

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & 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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 14 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $19,850
Program Academic year 2024-2025 34 weeks Start Date * End Date *
Program Spring 2024 15 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $19,850
Program Spring 2025 16 weeks Start Date * End Date *

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

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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $15,106**

Housing = $4,250

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $19,850

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 = $420

International Airfare = $1,550††

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $240†††

Personal expenses = $240††††

Other = $500†††††

Total Costs = $3,800

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals a day and all weekend meals. For students in residence halls/hostels, you should budget approx. $340 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††Visa application in the US+non-citizen ID card

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††††Yellow Fever Vaccination - All travelers must present a vaccination card upon entry to Ghana. Costs and insurance coverage may vary. CIEE recommends booking an appointment for the vaccine well in advance, as supplies are limited AND Covid test to return to the US. Travellers are also required to produce a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before boarding a flight to leave Ghana.

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 protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

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

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $15,106**

Housing = $4,250

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $19,850

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 = $510

International Airfare = $1,550††

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $240†††

Personal expenses = $240††††

Other = $500†††††

Total Costs = $3,890

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals a day and all weekend meals. For students in residence halls/hostels, you should budget approx. $340 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††Visa application in the US+non-citizen ID card

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††††Yellow Fever Vaccination - All travelers must present a vaccination card upon entry to Ghana. Costs and insurance coverage may vary. CIEE recommends booking an appointment for the vaccine well in advance.

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 protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

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

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Amma Appiah

Center Director

Amma is a PhD Candidate at the Regional Institute of Populations Studies at University of Ghana. She has a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters in Population Studies all from University of Ghana.

Rachel Akata

Program Coordinator

Rachel is responsible for student life coordination at the center and assists the director with housing, internship, and volunteer placements.

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

Contact Us 
Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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