Semester in Tropical North Queensland has it all: world-class academics, breathtaking
scenery, vibrant city life, a beautiful oceanfront, and plenty of great cuisine and
entertainment. Just an hour from the Great Barrier Reef, James Cook University is located in
one of the most bustling and beautiful places in Australia.
Explore Europe’s oldest city, Athens, filled with ancient sites and modern art. This
city has a vibrant street life and a relaxed lifestyle, so get ready for endless coffee dates
evening strolls. You will take classes at Hellenic American University known for its
academic programs, while getting the chance to experience the blue waters of the
Warm up your winter break traveling through the picturesque hillsides of France and Spain as
you study the wine business. Considered the heart of the wine industry, CISabroad will show
you why it continues to drive the market globally and be a significant producer to this day.
As one of Africa's most peaceful and politically stable countries, Ghana is
the perfect location for immersing yourself in the rich history and culture
of an African country! Explore the renowned castles of Ghana that were
created by European explorers and traders in the 15th century. Cape
Coast Castle, Fort St. Jago, and Elmina Castle are some of the UNESCO
World Heritage monuments we think you should check out.
Learn about Ghana with classes in subjects like West African music and
dance, African foreign relations, and sustainable development. Best of all,
study with local professors and students while immersing yourself in the
traditions of this beautiful, coastal city.
Official name of country: Republic of Ghana
Population: 24 million
Capital City: Accra
Time Difference: Ghana is 0+GMT, so it is 4 hours ahead of the east coast and 7 hours ahead of the west coast.
National Anthem: God Bless Our Homeland Ghana
National Currency: Ghana Cedi (GHC)
National Food: Fufu
National Motto: “Freedom and Justice”
Languages: The official language of Ghana is English, but the over 100 different ethnic groups in the small country have created numerous local dialects. In northern Ghana, you will find languages from the Gur subfamily and in the south, the Kwa subfamily. About 75% of the country speaks languages from the Kwa group. While in Ghana, you will hopefully pick up a few phrases in Twi, which is one of the most common languages spoken outside of English.
Geography: Ghana is located in West Africa and is bordered by Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo. From the coast and to the east, you will find vast areas of low, grassy plains, while in the south and west there is miles of rainforest. The overall climate of Ghana is tropical with the south being hot and humid and the north being hot and dry. Depending on the time of year you choose to go, be prepared for the rainy seasons in Cape Coast which are from May-June and August-September.
Famous People: Ama Atta Aidoo (author and playwright), Reggie Rockstone (rapper), Kofi Annan (former UN Secretary-General), Abedi "Pele" Ayew (soccer champion), and Azumah Nelson (boxing champion).
Great Movies: Ghost Tears; Fatal Decision; Sin of the Soul; Life and Living It; A Sting in a Tale; The Perfect Picture.
Health and Safety
Overall, Ghana is one of the safest travel destinations in Africa. Most of the crimes that occur are considered "petty". The most common crime experienced by tourists is pickpocketing, so carefully watch your belongings in crowded areas of the city. Common sense teamed with taking time and effort for precautions will leave you plenty of time to enjoy your stay. Before departure, it is important to meet with your doctor to determine what shots and vaccinations you will need for travel to Africa. While health insurance coverage is not required for visitors by the Ghanaian government, CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs.
While attending the University of Cape Coast, you will find that the academic environment is similar to that of universities in the US. Classes will be small for optimal class discussions and personal attention from professors. Courses will be taught in English by local faculty. Exams, written work, class attendance, and more, just like at your home university, will make up your final letter grades for your courses.
Meet Ghana Site Director
CISabroad Ghana Site Director Interview: Kwasi
Tell us more about how your background in Fine Arts in Theatre Development, Music, and Dance, helps with your role as a Site Director with CISabroad?
My background is in theatre for development, music and dance is relevant to the role of CISabroad Site Director because my role is essentially communicational and problem solving. My training equips me to entertain, educate, and inform but most importantly, identify tools for solving societal problems. These, I believe are very important for my role and the students whose interest I promote during their stay in Ghana.
What cultural dos and don’ts should students keep in mind during their semester in Ghana?
The right hand should be used at all times.
Left hand should only be used when it’s impossible to use the right hand.
Respect elders, and greet all.
Never ask for help without greeting.
Use appropriate titles for people you relate to even on a daily basis- eg Dr. Sir, Prof etc
Avoid passing negative comments about Ghanaian customs traditions
For students looking to travel within Ghana during their semester, where would you recommend they travel and what should they see?
Kakum National Park, Cape Coast - Flora and Fauna
Cape Coast & Elmina Castle - History of slave trade & African+ European relationship
Mole National Park, Upper East Region-Flora & Fauna
Kumasi Palace Museum, Craft & Textile, Ashanti Region
Water Falls, Volta Region
What La Vida Local activities are key to cultural immersion of students? Language, Drumming and Dancing, and attending cultural activities such as festivals, naming + marriage ceremonies, funerals etc
What makes Ghana the place to study abroad? The most peaceful in West Africa Warm and friendly people. Beautiful weather all year.
As an active volunteer in Ghana, how can students get involved with volunteer projects during their semester abroad? By informing your CISabroad program coordinator about your interest from the start and as a Site Director I will be able to identifying options available. I may recommend appropriate fees to be paid well ahead of time.
What do you look forward to most at the beginning of each semester, with each new group of students? I look forward to sharing Ghana with CISabroad students.
What does the average day look like for your students studying in Ghana? Students attend to their daily/dormitory chores, attend lectures, learn about Ghana through socialization while having fun.
What is something you wish more people knew about Ghana? I wish people will knew Ghana for her rich culture, hospitality and the fact that it’s the gateway to Africa.
What is one thing you hope students learn during their semester in Ghana? I hope students learn to appreciate the fact that every incident, moment, situation is a learning opportunity.
What is the best part of your job as Site Director for CISabroad in Ghana? The best part of my job is the opportunity to interact with new and knowledge seeking students every semester.