Forbes magazine ranked Ghana as the 11th-friendliest country in the world. This January, spend three weeks exploring this extraordinary West African culture. Take a class with a local university faculty. Experience culture firsthand through excursions and activities. Explore palm-lined beaches and exotic wildlife. Begin to learn the Twi language. You won’t believe how much you’ll experience in three weeks.
Study abroad in Ghana and you will:
- Take an innovative course in Ghanaian culture taught by faculty from the premier institute of higher learning in Ghana
- Learn firsthand about Ghanaian society through volunteer opportunities at local orphanages, NGOs, schools, and other service organizations
- Explore Ghana’s rich history and culture through a series of CIEE excursions to sites including Aburi and Cape Coast
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and 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.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
During excursions throughout Ghana, you’ll 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.
Community engagement is one of the central components of the January Ghanaian Studies program. CIEE arranges volunteer projects for all interested participants in various organizations throughout Legon and the greater Accra area that will give you a firsthand look at the challenges facing Ghana as a developing nation. Previous projects have included teaching English and math skills to young children and creating activities for children at an orphanage. Students who volunteer commit a minimum of four to six hours per week.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals a day for students in homestays
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for students staying in the hostel; students in the homestay option should budget $225 for lunches
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours
Students are required to enroll in one course.
About the City
About The City
The CIEE Study Center is located in Legon, approximately 10 miles from Ghana’s capital city, Accra, at the University of Ghana. A large shopping mall is located roughly 10 minutes away, and several grocery stores are easily accessible to students. There are local restaurants and bars many students enjoy within the Legon area. While still characterized by a vibrant atmosphere, Legon has a slower pace than the bustle of central Accra. However, due to its close proximity to Accra, students are able to experience the challenges of a large urban environment within an African context. Additionally, Legon is roughly 30 minutes from the coast and its beautiful beaches.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah served as resident coordinator at the CIEE Study Center in Legon, Ghana, before becoming resident director in 2006. Born and raised in Ghana, Kwasi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Ghana. His research interests are adolescent sexuality and mental health issues. He provides pro-bono psychological services to the Juvenile Correctional Center in Accra. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the College of Education in the University of Ghana.
Akwaaba (welcome) to Ghana, a beautiful tropical country only a few degrees north of the equator. Ghanaians are a very friendly, warm, and hospitable people, and visitors to the country time after time describe their experience as meaningful and exciting. Ghana’s rich cultural heritage is a huge attraction in terms of language, religion, and family life. The ability to explore the country’s past and present is limitless.
At the CIEE Study Center, you have tremendous opportunities to experience, learn, and immerse yourself in every facet of Ghanaian and West African life and culture. Here, you study Twi, Ghana’s most widely spoken language; take courses at the university; and study West African performing arts, such as music and dance. The variety of housing options also allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Ghanaian people. Volunteer and internship opportunities add value to your learning goals. If you’re interested in exploring economic development, Ghana provides an excellent case study.
— Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah, Resident Director
As Program Assistant at the CIEE Study Center in Legon, Ghana, Ruth Boatemaa Asante assists with day-to-day student welfare services and housing coordination. She also assists the resident director in teaching the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course. Ruth received her bachelor’s degree in administration and a masters in Public Affairs from the University of Ghana.
As Resident Coordinator, Janet Anarfi Boafo assists the Resident Director, and helps students with academics, student welfare, volunteer and internship placements, and day-to-day matters. Janet obtained her BA and MA degrees from the University of Ghana.
Abena Owusua Gyamera
As Program Assistant, Abena Owusua Gyamera is responsible for housing coordination. Abena received her associate’s degree in youth development from the University of Ghana.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
As the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana has an enrollment of more than 38,000 students and faculty of over 1200. The University comprises four colleges which are: College of Education, College of Health Sciences College of Basic and Applied Sciences and College of Humanities. See details on www.ug.edu.gh/academics/colleges
Within these colleges are Schools, Institutes and Centers for Research which include the Institutes of African Studies, School of Performing Arts, School of Public Health, School of Agriculture, School of Social Sciences, Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy and School of Education and Leadership among others.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Students may choose from the following options:
International Students Hostel
Located on the University of Ghana Legon campus, students live in double-occupancy rooms at which has a 24/7 wireless internet, security service and basic/shared kitchen facilities. Students can prepare their own meals in the kitchens of the hostel or eat at eateries and restaurants on campus or off-campus. The International Students Hostel is a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.
Homestay with a Ghanaian Family
This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their experience in Ghana. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week; breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on weekends. In most cases students are required to use public transportation to and from the university, a 30 to 40 minute commute. The homes are in the East Legon and North Legon neighborhoods.
An orientation session at the beginning of the program will introduce you to Legon and greater Accra, Ghanaian culture, and the program. The orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You will have access to wireless Internet in the CIEE Study Center and also International Students Hostel. Most homestays do not have Internet set up at home. Internet access is also available throughout the University of Ghana campus, the CIEE Study Center, and local Internet cafés. Internet modems are available for purchase for roughly $40 to $60 through various telecommunications providers. You should keep in mind that Internet reliability and access are not always available at the same level as in the U.S.
The January program is based on the University of Ghana campus, and the course is taught by University of Ghana faculty. The program provides an opportunity for students from all academic disciplines to live and study abroad in Ghana learning firsthand about the country and its people, while continuing to pursue their own academic goals. The program includes a community-based volunteer component designed to help students better understand Ghanaian history, politics, and societal values and traditions.
Students enroll in one course, which is taught in English.
Teaching methods at the University of Ghana typically involve a mixture of lectures, student presentations, active in-class discussions and seminars. Field trips out of the classroom give students an opportunity to compare what they learn in class to real life. The system is geared toward the serious student who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
Assessment is based on a combination of class participation, short papers, and a final examination.
Language of Instruction
The course is taught by faculty from the University of Ghana.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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PUBH 3001 ACGH/SOCI 3002 ACGH
Culture and Reproductive Health
This course will examine reproductive health trends in Ghana and consider how to empower people and encourage positive development. The course will focus study on HIV/AIDS. It will explore potential sources of inequality in reproductive health. Topics include cultural perceptions and beliefs about gender, biological differences, poverty, unemployment, current policy, and cultural notions of family and kinship, marriage, status of females, and sexuality. The course will identify circumstances of vulnerability and highlight reproductive health policy issues.