Legon, Ghana

January Ghanaian Studies

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Information for term January Ghanaian Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 3 – 21, 2017 (3 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 20, 2018 (3 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Explore this extraordinary West African culture in the country ranked 11th-friendliest in the world by Forbes magazine. Take a class with a local university faculty, explore palm-lined beaches and exotic wildlife, volunteer at local organizations, and begin to learn the Twi language — there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience Ghanaian society firsthand.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore sites

    like Aburi and Cape Coast on CIEE excursions.

  • Volunteer

    at local orphanages, NGOs, schools, and other service organizations.

  • Learn about the culture

    from faculty from the premier institute of higher learning in Ghana.

  • national parks in Ghana

  • students at University of Ghana

  • of country’s population under 25 years old


Location & Culture

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Situated just 10 miles from Ghana’s capital city, Accra, Legon draws plenty of students and locals alike to its vibrant restaurants and bars. There’s lots of opportunity to relax, too — Legon has a slower pace than the bustle of central Accra and is 30 minutes from the coast and its beautiful beaches.

The Culture


  • Go on an overnight trip to Cape Coast to explore the slave castles where transatlantic slavery took place.
  • Participate in cultural activities, like learning how to weave traditional clothes.
  • Go on daytrips to places like Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the W.E.B. Dubois Center, and the Shai Hills Game Reserve, where you can see baboons, vervet, and spot-nosed monkeys.


Volunteering. Projects like teaching English and math skills to young children and creating activities for children at orphanages throughout Legon and the greater Accra area that’ll give you a firsthand look at challenges facing Ghana as a developing nation.

Daily Life

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    Homestay Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by living with a Ghanaian family in the East Legon or North Legon neighborhood. Expect to use public transportation to and from the university, with a 30 to 40 minute commute each way. International Students Hostel If you choose to live with other students, you’ll share a double-occupancy room on the University of Ghana Legon campus, a short walk from the CIEE Study Center. The hostel is equipped with 24/7 wireless internet, security service, and basic/shared kitchen facilities.


    Homestay: Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on weekends. International Students Hostel: Students can prepare their own meals at the hostel’s kitchens or explore restaurants on campus or off-campus.

Legon, Ghana

Where You'll Study

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    10 miles from Ghana’s capital city, Accra.

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation to get from campus to explore off-campus spots like the coast and beaches.

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What you need to know

The program details

Taught by University of Ghana faculty, this program provides an opportunity for students from all academic disciplines to live and study abroad in Ghana while learning firsthand about the country and its people. The program includes a community-based volunteer component designed to help students better understand the society and culture around them. Students enroll in one course, which is taught in English.

University of Ghana. The university is the oldest and largest of six public universities in Ghana, and hosts 38,000 students. The University comprises four colleges — College of Education, College of Health Sciences College of Basic and Applied Sciences and College of Humanities — with schools, institutes, and centers for research within them.


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    Students take class with other CIEE students only, and are taught by University of Ghana faculty.


    Students on graded on a combination of class participation, short papers, and a final examination.


    Teaching methods combine lectures, student presentations, active in-class discussions, and seminars.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45 contact hours.

Students are required to enroll in one course.

January 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.

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

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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