About the Location
Located in West Africa and bordered by Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, and the Atlantic Ocean, Ghana boasts a population of more than 24 million and is one of the most stable democracies in the region. Accra is the capital and largest city. The Greater Accra Region has a population of more than 4.3 million and is the major center of commerce and industry within Ghana. The University of Ghana is located in Legon, less than ten miles outside Accra. Students can easily get to Accra by taxi or tro-tro (mini bus).
The University of Ghana has a wide range of traditional offerings similar to undergraduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. The CIEE Arts and Sciences program provides an opportunity for students from most academic disciplines to live and study in Ghana, learning firsthand about the country and its people, while continuing to pursue their own academic goals. This is achieved through integrated study with Ghanaian students and immersion into the cultural and social life of the university and the surrounding community.
The University of Ghana is the largest university in Ghana and enrolls more than 30,000 students. The university welcomes more than 1,000 international students each year. Most courses are lecture-based with grades based on a final examination. Class sizes vary from as few as five students in a science course to several hundred students in some humanities lectures. Students on this program will be required to take a Twi language course and at least one course focusing on Ghana or West Africa. Most courses on this program are direct-enrollment classes at the University of Ghana. Students may select courses from all faculties at the University of Ghana. The faculties are: business, agriculture, arts, science, and social studies.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
- To see course listings for this semester program, click here.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
Fall semester – early August to mid-December
Spring semester – mid-January to late May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.
On-Campus Dormitory—This option allows students to live in a University of Ghana residence hall on campus with CIEE, Ghanaian, and other international students. Students share double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the dormitory option. Students can prepare their own meals with the limited cooking facilities in the dormitory or eat at establishments on or off campus. Students living on campus can expect fewer amenities and more basic accommodations but do benefit from close interaction with Ghanaian and other African peers. The dormitory is a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.
Homestay with Ghanaian Family—This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their experience in Ghana. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout greater Accra (beyond Legon), in most cases students are required to utilize public transportation to and from the University, a 20- to 30-minute commute.
Additional Eligibility Notes
While this program does not have any course prerequisites, college-level coursework in African studies is recommended.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the deadline and events calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
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