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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 01/23/2020 05/28/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Dorm, Homestay/Family
Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, English, History, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Political Science, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology Language Level: English only
Program Description:

CIEE Legon: Arts & Sciences

Legon, Ghana


About the Program | Legon,Ghana | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links

About the Program
As the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana has an enrollment of over 23,000 students and a faculty of over 720. The university is comprised of faculties of agriculture, arts, law, medicine, science, and social sciences; a school of administration; three agricultural research stations; and institutes for adult education, African studies, archival training, international relations, journalism and communication, medical research, population studies, and statistical, social, and economic research.

Legon, Ghana
The CIEE Study Center is located in Legon, approximately 10 miles from Ghana’s capital city, Accra, at the University of Ghana. While still characterized by a vibrant atmosphere, Legon has a slower pace than the bustle of central Accra. Because of its close proximity to Accra, students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenges of a large urban environment within an African context. Noticeably friendly, the people of Ghana make this experience one of the best opportunities for students to learn about the complexities of the African continent.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Coursework with African content strongly recommended, particularly ADST 2000 "Intro to Africa & African Diaspora" and HISB 4210 "History of Development in Africa"

Fields of Study
African Studies, Archaeology, Community Health, Dance, Drama, English Literature, Geography, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion & Theology, Sociology & Social Work, Theater, Twi Language; Possibility for Internship or Independent Study

Academic Culture
The CIEE program starts with one week of orientation and then continues similarly to a Tulane academic semester.  Students are required to take a Twi language course, organized specifically for program participants, for which they will receive 3 credit hours.  They also have the option of organizing an independent study during their time in Ghana. The rest of the course load will consist of courses taken at the University of Ghana. The program requires students to complete one course focusing on Ghana or West Africa.  The other three courses can be chosen from among the many offerings across the numerous departments at the University of Ghana. 

A brief list of these departments includes: Archaeology, Classics, English, Geography, Geology, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Religion, Sociology and Theater.  A complete list of these faculties can be found on CIEE’s website.

The resident director assists qualified students in finding an internship or in organizing an independent research project. Students must receive permission from their home institution prior to the start of the semester to enroll in an internship or independent research for credit. Similarly, internships must be planned well in advance, and prospective participants must have their proposals approved by CIEE and their home institution prior to the start of the program.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Legon even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Legon you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Legon. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. Sessions include lectures on African history, politics, geography, safety, and “survival skills” for visiting students. During orientation, local University of Ghana students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
CIEE offers students the option of a homestay with a Ghanaian family, a double room in a university or private dormitory, or a double room in a CIEE-Administered furnished apartment.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Ghana Arts and Sciences Program

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.