Study Abroad Program Overview
Use a summer abroad in Ghana to enrich your understanding of a unique African nation, its welcoming culture, and sustainable development initiatives, as you join UC classmates in a project-based, team-learning environment set within rural Ghanaian communities.
After introductory coursework in Accra, students travel to participate in local hands-on activities in rural villages to improve access to adequate health services, promote sustainable agricultural practices, ensure sufficient energy resources, and meet other basic needs.
Ghana Welcomes You!
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
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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
One summer 2016 student could not express how much was learned, not only of public health, but about Ghanaian people, culture and so much more.
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 a number of tourist attractions in the country, such as the Kakum Rainforest and Canopy Walk, the slave castle dungeons, a beach resort, the Manhyia Palace (the seat of culture and history for the Ashanti Nation), Bonwire (the home of Kente cloth), Wli Waterfall (West Africa’s largest), and a monkey sanctuary. 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:
- Ghanaian Society and Culture (4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units)
- Global Health and Global Food (6 quarter/4 semester UC units)
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 unique features of Ghana’s art, history, and culture.
This course is followed by a series of intensive seminars co-taught by University of Ghana faculty and leading medical practitioners in Accra. 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 various regions of Ghana (the Volta and the Brong-Ahafo regions). Each region provides unique insights into the communities of Ghana. Discussions with local experts and opportunities to debrief on daily activities assist students in understanding and learning more from their village experiences.
As the program comes to an end, students return to Accra and have the opportunity to reflect, write up what they have learned, share and process their experiences. A final report and presentation completes the program.
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The public health focus is an advantage if your campus does not offer community health classes. This program provides a first-hand opportunity to learn about health issues, understand common global challenges, and explore local solutions.
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 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.
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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
- Optional 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.
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: