Legon, Ghana

Summer Ghanaian Studies

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Information for term Summer Ghanaian Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 17 – Jul 15, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3-4 semester hours / 4.5-6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Whether you have an interest in studying economic challenges or discovering a distinctive culture, your summer in Ghana is sure to inspire new perspectives. This stable, democratic country has a vibrant heritage and a fascinating history of politics and social change. As you connect with West Africans, you’ll get a unique window into life on the other side of the world.

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 orphanages, schools, and NGOs.

  • miles from Accra, Ghana’s capitol 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 Ghana University 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.

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.

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What you need to know

The program details

The program is designed to allow students from all academic disciplines to live and study in Ghana, learning about the country and its people. It features a community-based volunteer component designed to help students understand Ghanaian history, politics, values, and traditions.

Students enroll in one elective course. Students can also choose to learn Twi language. Courses are taught in English at University of Ghana, the oldest and largest university in the country, which hosts 39,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, and includes four colleges. Courses are taught by University of Ghana faculty.


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    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.


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



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Most courses: 45
  • Twi language course: 15; credit – 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours

Students enroll in one course per session, and can also take the optional Twi language course.

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.


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

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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:

  • 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, 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day 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
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Jul 15, 2019
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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 = $2,801 **

Housing = $750 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $132

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $535

International Airfare = $1,700

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $670

Total Estimated Costs = $3,305

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

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

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.

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