Study Abroad Program Overview
Ghana is a country known for the warm and
beautiful people, rich cultural and historical heritage, diverse geography, the Atlantic Ocean coast line,
remote wildlife and nature reserves, an exciting array of traditional festivals, spicy and tropical food,
outstanding arts and crafts that are used to symbolize the entire African continent, and political stability. Music and movement permeate the environment everywhere one walks.
Your academic journey will officially be at the University of Ghana – Legon. It was established over 70
years ago and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Africa because of the number of
graduates they have trained that have contributed to the development of Ghana and every nation in the
world. Currently there are over 30,000 students here and each semester about 1,000 come from nations
around the world.
You will have opportunities to learn in the classroom and in the greater community.
Students have participated in soccer, swimming, hiking, handball, basketball, martial arts, cross country track and in music, dance and acting performances. Ghana does present challenges since it is a developing nation. Time is viewed differently, technology is slower and limited, the city of Accra is approaching 5 million which means delays and traffic, and various other infrastructure challenges exists. But if you arrive with a spirit of adventure, patience and a desire to learn, you will go through a transformation or an experience of a lifetime.
Use a summer abroad in Ghana to enrich your understanding of this unique African nation, its welcoming culture, and sustainable development initiatives, as you join UC classmates in a project-based, team-learning environment that takes place within rural Ghanaian communities.
After introductory coursework in Accra, you travel to participate in local hands-on activities in rural villages to improve access to adequate health services, learn about sustainable agricultural practices, ensure sufficient energy resources, and meet other basic needs in a village.
Highlights from Summer in Ghana 2017
Highlights from summer 2018
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
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section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to late July
Qualified students are encouraged to extend their UCEAP participation to the fall or year options at the University of Ghana
Students will stay at the International Students Hostel (ISH) while in classes at the University of Ghana. During the field visits period, students will stay in local guest houses and hotels.More information on housing
The program includes visits to such locations as the Kakum Rainforest and Canopy Walk, the slave castles, a beach resort, the Manhyia Palace (the seat of culture and history for the Ashanti Nation), Adomawase (makers of Kente cloth), and Wli Waterfall (West Africa’s largest). Students also engage in cultural activities in each region.
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.
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.
All UCEAP students enroll in two courses for the six-week term:
The program begins with a two-week intensive course on Ghanaian society and culture which examines social welfare concerns of Ghanaian citizens; development challenges; the special vulnerability of women and children in West Africa; the importance of religion; and other unique features of Ghana’s art, history, and culture.
A series of seminars co-taught by University of Ghana faculty and leading health practitioners in Accra follows. You learn of the work to provide basic health care and hygiene, develop sustainable food and ecological practices, provide access to clean water, and promote empowerment and education to improve the lives of all. Service learning with the West Africa AIDS foundation is part of this segment.
Following the seminars, students undertake two weeks of hands-on experience in which they complete community service in the Volta and Brong-Ahafo regions outside Accra. Each region provides unique insight into rural communities of Ghana. Discussions with local experts and daily debriefs on activities assist students in understanding and learning more from the village experiences.
As the program comes to an end, students return to Accra to reflect, write up what they have learned, share and process their experiences. A final report and presentation completes the program.
Use the following resources to learn more:
10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units required; two courses. Letter grade required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
This program includes community service and fieldwork. Additional internships or independent study for academic credit are not possible in this program.
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 former US President Barack Obama’s first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Summer||6 - 6||10||6.7||$7,475||$3,575|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
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:
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.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Airport meet and greet
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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 UCEAP and the University of Ghana.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: