Semester in Ghana

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.

When you study abroad in Ghana, you can learn about African culture through diverse courses at a local university. Choose from tons of class offerings while exploring this beautiful country in West Africa. The best part about it is that you will be learning in English, Ghana’s official language.

We’ve got the experience you need. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, even in West Africa! We are here to make sure you are safe, healthy, and happy throughout your semester in Ghana.

We care about the environment. Your round-trip flight to Ghana will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to give back to the local community while you study in Africa.

Semester in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, Ghana, a beautiful city on the beach. The city is well known for elaborate festivals, bustling markets, and historic castles. You will take classes at the respected University of Cape Coast in addition to exploring the incredible natural landscape all around you while you study abroad in Ghana. You will experience:

Diverse, country-specific courses taught in English – Study music, chemistry, history, languages, economics, tourism, and more while also learning about your surroundings with Ghana-focused coursework.

True cultural immersion – While there are other international students at the University, you’ll be in class with local Ghanaians and will truly learn about their culture when you study abroad in Ghana. 

Fascinating history – As a center of the slave trade for generations, Cape Coast hosted many European colonial powers and there is a meaningful link between it and the United States. You’ll discover many relics from that era.

Melting pot of cultures – Home to over 100 ethnic groups and nearly 50 ethnic languages, modern Ghana is a tapestry of cultures.

Beautiful city right on the coast – Cape Coast is a small, stunning city of palm-lined beaches and lovely ocean views—from the city, from the University, and from your accommodations. 

Study in Africa's most prosperous, stable nation – While still developing, Ghana is well-known throughout the world as the first independent sub-Saharan nation and has a strong record of democracy, stability, and increasing socioeconomic standards.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Africa, then check out our Semester in Ghana program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Incredible places to visit, from beaches to jungles
  • Courses taught in English
  • International and local students
  • Fantastic public university
  • Strong on-site support from the University
  • Thriving, colorful artisan and food markets throughout the city
  • Learn Ghanaian music, drumming, dance, and more
  • Visit historic Cape Coast Castle
  • Visit Kakum National Rainforest

During your time in Ghana with CISabroad, you will have the opportunity to take excursions to see what else Ghana has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting:

5 Day Orientation Trip Across Ghanan

The once capital of the powerful Ashanti region, Kumasi is steeped in history and power. In modern Ghana, Kumasi is a lively metropolis with a veritable patchwork of cultures infused into daily life. Standing proud in the center of town is the bustling daily market and to the north is the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the King of Ashanti. Take time to visit this palace with its active courtrooms to gain true insight of how traditional African culture influences its modern democracy.

Kakum National Forest
To combine learning with fabulous wildlife viewing and the chance of an adrenaline rush, Kakum National Park is the place. A 384 km reserve in central Ghana, Kakum is covered with tropical rainforest and home to forest buffalo, meerkats, and pygmy elephants among 900 other animal species. But the real attraction at Kakum is the 350m rope and cable canopy walkway suspended 30m above the canopy floor – certainly not for the faint-hearted!

Originally built around the port, Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a sprawling, rapidly modernizing city. Set right along the Atlantic Coast, Accra offers easy access to some fabulous natural beaches. The city center itself is stacked with museums, public monuments, and cultural gems just waiting to be explored.

Students who study at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) will not be able register for classes until they arrive in country. Courses offered at UCC often will change or be cancelled at the last minute. This program is best for students who need to fulfill electives and is not recommended for students who need to fulfill requirements for their major or concentration.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 12-15 courses approved. The courses listed on the University of Cape Coast's website are subject to change, therefore you will need to be flexible with the courses you select. This program is best for students who still have electives, general education requirements, or a few interdisciplinary courses to fulfill.

Course descriptions and catalog: To see a list of sample courses offered at the University of Cape Coast, please click here. International students can take any class that does not have prerequisites. Please keep in mind that there are no class meeting times listed and that some courses may not be held both semesters.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Ghana is one of the most colorful and diverse nations in West Africa. You are sure to fall in love with the hospitality of its people and the beauty of its landscape during your Semester in Ghana. With over 100 ethnic groups, each having its own traditions, festivals, music, dance, and more, Ghanaians celebrate their diversity yet are quite unified by a strong national pride. Under the leadership of national hero Kwame Nkrumah, the independent Republic of Ghana was founded in 1957 on the principles of freedom, justice, equity, and free education. It was the first sub-Saharan nation to be self-determining. Since then, Ghana has become a role model for struggling African nations for its international cooperation, democratic traditions, levels of education, and socioeconomic standards.

The huge diversity in culture is also notable in the Ghanaian cuisine, which has a lot of different dishes to offer with soups, meats and fish. Semester in Ghana is based in the beautiful city of Cape Coast, with a lot of things to see and do. The town was founded in the 15th century by the Portuguese and it changed hands between the British, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish and the Dutch. Not far from Cape Coast is the Kakum National Park, one of the best preserved parks on the west coast of Africa. About 100 miles away from Cape Coast is the capital city Accra.

The region is well known for its beautiful textiles, vibrant markets, colorful festivals, love of football (soccer), national parks, waterfalls, and incredible jungles. In your classes, you will learn about both modern Ghana and its dramatic history. You’ll also have ample opportunities to immerse yourself in Ghanaian culture outside the classroom. In your new home, you’ll eat fufu, use batik on some old T-shirts, sit on the beach and watch fishing boats come in with fresh catch, and stroll through colorful markets.

Our Semester in Ghana program is located at the University of Cape Coast. Founded in 1962, Cape Coast is accredited by the National Accreditation Board under the Ministry of Education. It’s one of the top universities in all of West Africa and the premier university in Ghana. Originally established as a teaching college in 1962, the university was given mandate "to serve the needs of the whole country" and “to play a unique role in national development by identifying national needs and addressing them”. Today, the university continues to fulfill this mission while also adapting to the needs of modern Ghana. 

The University of Cape Coast's professors are experts in their fields. You can choose courses from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Physical Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, and the School of Agriculture.  The University works hard to consistently find new ways of teaching for the changing needs of international students today. They understand the changing nature of the world and they are motivated and focused on offering an educational environment that complements this.

The university has just over 4,000 students, creating an intimate yet exciting environment for you to enjoy your Semester in Ghana. The beautiful campus is on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It includes academic faculties, schools, institutions, and centers, all focused on supporting and advancing specific areas of economic and social activity through learning, teaching, research, and consultancy. The University Library has a wide variety of resources available to students on campus. They also have an extensive catalog of courses to choose from that is sure to fit your academic needs.

As a CISabroad study abroad student, you’ll get outstanding support. We’re with you every step of the way with academic advising, personal help, and cultural counseling. We’ll make sure you hit the ground running and don’t miss a thing. It can be difficult (and very exciting) jumping into a new culture, but rest assured we will help to make the process as smooth as possible for you. When you arrive in Ghana, an extensive orientation program will introduce you to life in Ghana and at your new university. You will receive the official list of courses from which you will choose for the semester, and you will be registering for these classes within your first few days in Ghana. You will also have many opportunities to meet other international students, take an extensive tour the campus, and get a general feel for your new home in Cape Coast.

You will have ample opportunities to get involved in your local community through some volunteering options that will benefit both your personal goals and the new community in which you will be living. Between these activities, your schoolwork, and cultural integration, you’ll definitely keep busy and always have something to do. Throughout the semester, CISabroad plans excursions and cultural activities that allow you to see the country and better understand local customs. This is very important to ensure that you are getting the most cultural experience possible. Typical destinations include Accra, the capital of the country; a regional village, where you will see traditional living and governance; Kumasi, with a stop at the Manhyia Palace, residence of the Ashanti King; the Assin Manso Slave Market; Elmina and Cape Coast Castles; and more.

As a CISabroad student studying in Ghana, you will be living in one of the international student residence halls located on the University of Cape Coast campus. The University campus is a healthy and safe place to live and is patrolled by security officers both during the day and at night. Meal plans are not offered. There are cheap shops and places to eat (called "chop bars"), where you can purchase food and other items that you may need, near campus and the dorms. Students will typically be placed in a double room where you will live with a roommate and use a communal bathroom and kitchen. The University cannot provide linens and you can bring those with you or purchase them upon arrival from a market seller.

Living on campus will give you the opportunity to meet new friends and students from across different cultures and countries, which will only enhance your study abroad experience!

Your CISabroad site director is Kwasi Gyamfi. Kwasi is a graduate of University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Development, Music, and Dance. Kwasi's work experience includes planning logistics, designing and implementing orientation programs, housing and safety issues, and cultural dos and don'ts for visiting study abroad students.

Kwasi has travelled extensively in Ghana, helping Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians explore his beloved country. Kokroko, as he is affectionately called, has over a decade of experience in community service having volunteered with the Voluntary Workcamps Association of Ghana (VOLU) doing construction work, planting trees, and educating people on HIV and teenage pregnancy in some of the remotest parts of Ghana.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Semester in Ghana program can be found on the Price and Dates page. 

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Spring Semester in Ghana are due on November 15th; program fees for the Fall Semester are due July 1. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. For application deadline, please check here or call an advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Semester in Ghana program, you WILL need a visa. More information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Semester in Ghana program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

As a CISabroad student studying in Ghana, you will be living in one of the international student resident halls located on the University of Cape Coast campus.  

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Semester in Ghana program, you will enroll in 4-5 courses (12-15 U.S. Credits). Before you go abroad, it is best to get 12-15 courses approved. The courses listed on the University of Cape Coast's website are subject to change, so you will need to be flexible with the courses you select. This program is best suited for students who still have electives, general education requirements or a few interdisciplinary courses to fulfill.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival Approx. August 9
CISabroad Orientation August 9 - 12
University of Cape Coast Orientation
August 14 - 18
Classes Start August 28
Classes End December 22
Departure December 23
Application Deadline May 15
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 15
CISabroad Orientation January 15 - January 21
University of Cape Coast Orientation
January 23 - January 27
Classes Start January 30
Classes End April 28
Departure May 27
Application Deadline October 15
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $9,390
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $9,290

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

•    Full-time tuition and fees
•    Accommodation with shared kitchen, bathroom, and common area
•    Medical and accident insurance
•    CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
•    Academic advising
•    Financial aid counseling
•    Assistance with travel arrangements
•    Predeparture orientation
•    Airport pickup
•    On-site support
•    University of Cape Coast transcript
•    Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide


CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.