Legon, Ghana

Arts + Sciences

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 21 – Dec 18, 2023 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 24 – May 20, 2023 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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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 capital city

  • students at University of Ghana

  • degrees north of the equator


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 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.

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


  • 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.


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 mentor 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: [youtube videos]


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

Community Service. Join other CIEE students for a group-service project, like painting, tree planting , cleaning a special needs center, mentoring kids at an orphanage and providing tutorials in basic math and English as well as teaching  IT skills, collecting donations, or building a water filtration system.

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, teaching computer literacy, coaching soccer, and mentoring 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.

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Daily Life

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    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.


    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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    Getting Around

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

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


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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.

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.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students must be at least sophomores. 


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.

Program 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.


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.

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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.


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Course Information

  • Students should review their academic plan with their academic advisor before departure. Students will select their courses upon arrival.
  • 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 (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.

Spring 2023 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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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.


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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

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 & Fees

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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.


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Fees & Housing

Spring 2023 17 weeks Nov 1, 2022 Jan 24, 2023* May 20, 2023*
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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 = $14,983 **

Housing = $3,500 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,950

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 = $2,000

International Airfare = $1,550 ††

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $240 †††

Personal expenses = $1,100

Total Estimated Costs = $5,690

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.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

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

Fall 2023 17 weeks May 1, 2023 Aug 21, 2023* Dec 18, 2023*

*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.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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