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Univ. of Ghana

Study Abroad Program Overview

Ghana is celebrated for its warm and welcoming people, creative and colorful society, and strong democratic foundations.

Study abroad in Ghana to:

·         Understand the legacy of the nation's past and contribute to its future;

·         Develop global understanding through engagement activities, study, and research

·         Enjoy West Africa's diverse culture, music, art, and progressive social agenda;

·         Develop meaningful relationships with local and international students;

·         Learn about yourself through observation and reflection. 


The University of Ghana invites you to become part of their community by immersing yourself in University courses, campus life, cultural activities, community service, internships, and research.

Learn more from a Ghana returnee about courses, internships, housing, and daily life in Ghana.​

This program can fulfill multiple requirements for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep program​.


Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

Swahili; Twi

The UCEAP Ghana Study Center offers a beginning Twi (Akan) language course. The University of Ghana offers courses in Swahili from beginning to advanced levels.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Fall :  
​early August to mid-December

Spring :  
​mid-January to late May

Year :  
​early August to late May






You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation in Ghana.​


​Housing is provided on campus in a University of Ghana residence hall or an international student hostel. Rooms are shared with UCEAP students, international students, or Ghanaian students. Off-campus housing is not permitted. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

Explore Ghana with excursions to Kumasi, Elmina Castle, Mole Game Reserve, festivals and local markets. In addition, the University of Ghana offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports teams, drumming, dance, music, and more. This is an excellent way to meet Ghanaian students.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A UCEAP Resident Director administers the EAP program with local staff. They help students integrate into the culture of Ghana and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

Meet the Ghana Study Center

​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

Study abroad in Ghana begins with a UC Ghanaian Society and Culture course that explores Ghanaian history, culture, governance, family and society, gender issues, languages, and development challenges. 
University of Ghana (UG) coursework​ is especially recommended in African studies, agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, dance, development studies, dramatic arts, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies, and sociology. Some courses in sociology, archaeology, and the life sciences  include fieldwork and ​research. Courses for international students in Twi language, dance, and drumming are also popular. 
​All UG courses may not be open exchange students (UCEAP). The College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health are usually restricted; however, past UCEAP students after meeting with the instructors have been allowed to take classes. Classes in the health sciences may also be  available in the departments of nursing or nutrition.

Use the following resources to learn more:


​You are required to take a full time course of study while abroad; 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per term minimum required, approximately six courses. Most courses are 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units.

Research and Independent Study

​Independent study, called a UCEAP Special Study Project, are of particular strength in Ghana. These individual endeavors can enrich your experience through fieldwork, research, or an internship. Some projects include both research and internship activities. Past research topics
Community service and volunteer positions, which may be developed into a special study project, are available at many local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and school libraries; the University Hospital; the National Theatre; the Family and Development Programme; the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Preparation for these activities is required as part of your Pre-Departure Checklist. Final arrangements are made at the Study Center after arrival.

University of Ghana, Legon (Accra)

University of Ghana, Legon (Accra) 
The University of Ghana (UG) is located ten miles northeast of Ghana’s capital Accra, the city which served as the site of President Barack Obama’s first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Education, ophthalmology, law, counseling
  • Children, home science, pre/post natal care, women and gender
  • Environment, sanitation, engineering
  • AIDS/HIV, public health, community development
  • Recent student internships
Please note - Current internship offerings vary; you may also do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • You will submit an Internship Proposal with your University of Ghana application materials prior to departure.  
  • All internships are secured once you are on-site.
  • You will then intern 10-20 hours per week over the semester and complete a substantial paper or series of papers. Students are mentored by a University of Ghana faculty member who has experience related to your area of work. 

Student Experiences

“The most meaningful part of my education abroad was the program’s independent study/internship opportunity in which I interned at a school and conducted independent research about the Ghanaian primary education system.  I worked in a Ghanaian fourth grade classroom, which exposed me to much of the society’s culture, behavior, values, and ways of thinking.”        -UCEAP Ghana returnee
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at partner institution  
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions and activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
  • Research and community service projects
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of Ghana.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:

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