Legon, Ghana

Summer Ghanaian Studies

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Information for term Summer Ghanaian Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2022
  • Dates: Jun 13 – Jul 11, 2022 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3-4 semester hours / 4.5-6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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This stable, democratic country has a vibrant heritage and a fascinating history of politics and social change. Study history and culture while learning basic Twi and getting a unique window into life on the other side of the world. Courses are taught in English at CIEE’s partner school, University of Ghana, and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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Unique Experiences

  • Take innovative classes

    that explore various aspects of life in Ghana, taught by faculty from the country’s premier university.

  • Explore beyond Legon

    with field trips and excursions around this beautiful region.

  • Connect

    with good-natured West Africans as you help out at schools, and NGOs.

  • 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 American 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 a major focus of the town and students enjoy access to a large shopping mall and several grocery stores as well as restaurants and bars. Beyond campus, students can explore the equatorial region including rainforests, wildlife parks, and pristine beaches.

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.

Discover regional highlights like Aburi Botanical Gardens and Tafi-Atome monkey sanctuary.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: 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 East Legon and North Legon neighborhoods.

    International Student Hostels: Students can also live on the University of Ghana campus with a roommate, sharing simple double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. The hostel is a short walk from CIEE.


    Homestays: Hosts provide breakfast and dinner during the week, and students get lunch on their own. Hosts provide all three meals on weekends.

    Hostel: Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their dorms (facilities are limited) or eat on or off campus.

Legon, Ghana

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Ghana


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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

  • "I loved CIEE Ghana. It was a life changing experience"

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "I volunteered at a local school off campus and the kids had so much energy! I enjoyed learning from them, their excitement and telling them about the U.S while helping with their school work"

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "The most memorable experience here was going to Kumasi and the Cape Coast Castle by far. Kumasi is where my family is from and it was great to see the Bonwire sewing factor and to see Osei Tutu II’s palace. Cape coast was very moving as well and I was touched by the struggles Africans have gone through."

    Student, Summer 2018


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This four-week program is designed to allow students from all academic disciplines to live and study in Ghana and learn about the country and its people. It features a community-based volunteer component designed to help students understand Ghanaian history, politics, values, and traditions. All students are required to take Atlantic Crossings and can choose to learn Twi language. Courses are taught by University of Ghana faculty.

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



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

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

All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • Students may enroll in the optional one-credit Communicative Language course.

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 are expected to work hard and independently, with less guidance than they may be used to in the United States.

Class Format

Students take courses only with other CIEE students. Teaching methods include lectures, student presentations, class discussions, seminars, and field trips. Courses meet four times a week for two hours, with additional time reserved for student volunteer projects, program activities, and excursions.


Assessment is based on a combination of class participation, short papers, and a final exam

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


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 may enroll in the optional one-credit Communicative Language course.
  • “(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.

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
  • 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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session II 2022 4 weeks Apr 1, 2022 Jun 13, 2022 Jul 11, 2022
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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 = $3,106 **

Housing = $750 ***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $4,350

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,800

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $75

Personal expenses = $400

Other = $500 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,375

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

*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† 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 cost of Covid test upon return to the US. All travellers are required to take a COVID Test at the airport which costs USD150.00. If one tests positive traveller will be taken to government health facility to be treated at traveller's own cost. Travelers are also required to take a COVID test showing negative results within 72 hours of boarding a flight out of the country. This costs USD150.

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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