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. Home to over 100 ethnic groups and nearly 50 ethnic languages, modern Ghana is a tapestry of cultures. You’ll take classes at the respected University of Cape Coast, choosing from courses in music, chemistry, history, languages, economics, tourism, and more. The local culture and the incredible natural landscape entices you to call Ghana your second home.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: October 15
Fall: May 15
- Avg Course Load
- 4-5 Courses (12-15 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Strong on-site support from the University of Cape Coast
- Trips to famous places like the Kakum National Rainforest and the Cape Coast Castle
- Opportunities to learn Ghanaian music, drumming, dance, and more
- Safe campus housing
- Classes with international and local students
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Cape Coast
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival, we like to welcome our students with a proper immersion to Ghana culture: trying some our local food! At Baku in Accra students will get to sample many local foods including Yams, FuFu, Groundnut Soup, Red Red, Beef Stew, and Hibiscus Juice.
Students will share over dinner their hopes and expectations for their stay in Ghana, as well as what has shocked them thus far within their first 24 hours. Students will also write a postcard to themselves which they will receive when they return back to the USA! When students reach Cape Coast they will have the opportunity to learn from a local how to cook the local dishes and then share them after the cooking lesson!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. The farewell dinner will be an opportunity to wrap up your stay in Cape Coast and give your Site Director your thoughts and tips for improving the experience. We will take you to Oasis Beach Restaurant. At the dinner, we will reminisce the time spent in Ghana and enjoy the lasting time together.
As a CISabroad student on the Semester in Ghana program, you’ll live in one of the international student residence halls located on the University of Cape Coast’s campus. The University values the safety of its campus and ensures that it’s patrolled by security officers during the day and at night. While meal plans are not offered, there are cheap shops and places to eat (called “chop bars”) located near campus and the dorms, where you can purchase food and any other items that you may need.
- Students will typically live in a double room with a roommate
- Communal bathroom and fully stocked kitchen with gas stove
- Bed linens and pillow
- Festivals: Festivals are a major part of the culture of the people and it creates the opportunity of for discussion between the custodians of the land (Chiefs) and their people. Every festival has its meaning and they are very colourful events.
- Kotokuraba Market: Located in the heart of Cape Coast, this is the economic hub of the region. It has recently seen a new face-lift which has the whole country talking.
- Goil Reststop: The hub of nightlife in Cape Coast with several restaurants, bars, and live music. People from all over town flock to Goil almost every evening to relax and dance. It is only a few minutes’ drive from campus.
- Oasis Beach Resort: Another beach resort that offers a lot more than the view of the Atlantic Ocean. You can learn to play Ghanaian traditional drums and learn some dances as well. You will get to play all sorts of games on the beach on within the resort.
More About Cape Coast
Ghana is one of the most colorful and diverse nations in West Africa. You're sure to fall in love with the hospitality of its people and the beauty of its landscape during your study abroad in the city of Cape Coast. This city is one of the most culturally significant spots in West Africa. The region is well known for its rich history, beautiful textiles, vibrant markets, colorful festivals, love of soccer, national parks, waterfalls, and incredible jungles.
Ghanaians celebrate their diversity, yet they are quite unified by a strong national pride. There are over 100 ethnic groups, each having its own traditions, festivals, music, and dance. 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. Since then, Ghana has become a role model for struggling African nations. Ghana models international cooperation, democratic traditions, quality education, and higher socioeconomic standards.
During your stay in Cape Coast, you can explore the canopy walkway at the Kakum National Park, one of the best preserved parks on the west coast of Africa. Or spend the weekend in the capital city of Accra, located about 100 miles away from Cape Coast. You’ll have ample opportunities to immerse yourself in Ghanaian culture both inside and outside the classroom. In your new home, you’ll eat fufu (mashed yams), make colorful batiks, sit on the beach, and stroll through colorful markets.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
For 2 days and 2 nights explore the birth place of the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi, Ghana. Highlights include visiting the Kumasi Military Museum where students will learn about the history of the Ghanian military. You will immerse yourself in the largest open market in Ghana and West Africa (Kejetia Kumasi Market boasts over 11,000 stalls). The sights, and smells are overwhelming and a must see! Experience hands on workshops in batiking, weaving, pottery, and drumming at the National Cultural Center.
Explore the judiciary system of Ghana with a walking tour of The Parliament of Ghana as well as the Flagstaff House (residency of the President). You will visit the Accra Stadium, Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Museum and Monument, the Cultural Arts Center, and W.E.B. DuBois Museum. Experience the night life of Accra on Oxford Street, and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local Ghanaian restaurant.
Spend two days and two nights visiting the city of Cape Coast. Explore Kotokuraba Market, Kings Way, Cape Coast and Elmina Castles where the center of the West African Slave Trade was conducted. Check out local beach spots and the Elimina Beach Resort for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Participate in workshops in Batiking, Dance and Drumming, and Local Cuisine while immersing yourself in the local cuisine and culture of the of Cape Coast.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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.
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.
The University of Cape Coast is a seaside university located in Cape Coast, Ghana. It’s one of the top universities in all of West Africa and the premier university in Ghana. Originally established as a teaching college, the University had a mandate to shape national development. Since then, 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 a wide-range of fields, including agriculture, arts, business, education, medicine, and physical, biological, and social sciences. The University is dedicated to using creative and dynamic ways to teach international students. And, teachers are motivated and focused on offering an educational environment that reflects the changing world.
The university has just under 16,000 students, which creates an intimate yet exciting environment. The beautiful campus is located on a hill and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, you'll be within walking distance of Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, two of the most iconic historical sites in Ghana. Most importantly, you'll have access to academic facilities and support centers on campus to guide you. The centers offer cultural activities, resources, research collaboration, and much more. Finally, you'll enjoy an extensive catalog of courses to choose from that are sure to fit your academic needs.
Accreditation(s): Accredited by the National Accreditation Board under the Ministry of Education.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
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Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Thailand, South Africa, Ghana, Hawai’i, January Multi-Country programs (except Mediterranean Culture)
Site Director in Ghana
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 1OrientationJanuary 2 - January 26Classes StartJanuary 29Classes EndApril 27DepartureMay 26PRICE$9,490
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalJuly 29 (Estimated)OrientationAugust 4 - 16 (Estimated)Classes StartAugust 27 (Estimated)Classes EndDecember 21 (Estimated)DepartureDecember 22 (Estimated)PRICE$9,490 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
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
- Extensive CISabroad orientation throughout Ghana
- 5-day orientation at University of Cape Coast, including trip to Elmina Castle and Kakum National Rainforest
- University of Cape Coast transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program