Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Ghana will help you:
- Understand the legacy of the nation's past and contribute to its future.
- Develop global understanding through study and learning in collaboration with its academic community.
- Enjoy West Africa's diverse culture, magnetic music, artistic expression, and progressive social agenda.
- Develop meaningful relationships with locals and international students
- Learn about yourself through activities and reflection throughout the term.
Ghana is celebrated for its warm and welcoming people, creative and colorful society, dynamic digital engagement, and strong democratic foundations.
First become acquainted with Ghana through an introductory UC course and then immerse yourself in University courses, campus life, cultural activities, community service, internships, and independent study projects.
Examples of what recent UC students were able to accomplish in Ghana:
- Find a non-profit or service organization
- Join a student club/activity
- Publish results from research
Read this message from a UCB Gilman recipient about what to expect and how to prepare for study abroad in Ghana.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
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.
early August to mid-December
mid-January to late May
early August to late May
You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation in Ghana.
"Come with an open mind and an open heart. Leave with a life changing experience."
- UCEAP Ghana Participant 2015
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
Explore Ghana with excursions to Kumasi, Elmina Castle, 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.
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.
Study abroad in Ghana begins with a required UC course introducing Ghanaian Society and Culture that examines Ghanaian history, culture, governance, family and society, gender issues, and development challenges.
University of Ghana coursework is recommended in African studies, agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, dance, development studies, dramatic arts, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies, and sociology. Some courses include fieldwork. Outstanding field research is conducted by the departments of sociology, archaeology and in the life sciences.
Courses for international students in Twi language, dance, and drumming are also popular. Many students do an independent research project or engage in community service or internships.
Some 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 have been allowed to take classes after meeting with the instructors. Classes in the health sciences may also be available in the departments of nursing or nutrition.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"If anyone has any second guesses about Ghana, they should not. You could not be placed in better hands." -- UCEAP Ghana Participant Fall 2014
You are required to take a full time course of study while abroad; 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per term are 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.
to see 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); and the World Health Organization (WHO).
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)
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
- More Opportunities
- Recent student internships
Please note - Current internship offerings may 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.
“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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* 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:
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Successful completion of a course, independent study project, or an assignment relating to Africa or development studies is required prior to departure. To live successfully in a developing country such as Ghana, students need to be realistic and self-motivated about their studies and personal goals; willing to adhere to UCEAP advice on safety and welfare; and academically and culturally tolerant.
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 the University of Ghana.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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