- Accra, Ghana
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
- Program Description:
The Accra program offers a unique opportunity for students to live and study in the heart of West Africa. It is the perfect destination for those who want to learn about the complex issues facing a developing African nation while enjoying a rich cultural, historical and social experience. You may enroll in a traditional African Studies program or choose from a wide array of courses taught in English at the University of Ghana. As you will be totally integrated at the university, you will live and study on campus alongside native Ghanaians while experiencing the culture, learning about the country, and making friends. Each semester includes several excursions in and around Accra to places like Lake Volta, the largest manmade lake and historic slave castles. You may choose to study for one semester or a full year.
The USAC office and classes are located on the campus of the University of Ghana at Legon. It was founded in 1948 and is now the oldest and largest of the five government-run universities in the country. With more than 29,000 students and 850 faculty members, the University of Ghana is considered one of the best universities in Africa. It is located on a beautiful, extended American-style campus on Legon Hill (one of many small suburbs in Accra), about eight miles northeast of the city center and boasts white stucco buildings with orange tile roofs, tree-lined streets with medians, and roundabouts to control traffic speed. The campus is quite large and well-kept, sprawling over 50 acres.
Program fees include tuition, housing, orientation, field trips, airport pickup and health insurance.
- Setting Description:
- The city of Accra is flourishing- the streets are clean and paved, the electricity is mostly stable and new shopping centers emerge frequently. It is a sprawling city with no true "city center." Instead, it is made up of numerous neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor. It is also home to several museums and private galleries, including the National Museum with its collection of traditional Ghanain art, the National Archives, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Supreme Court and Parliament buildings, cinemas, and many diverse markets. Musical protege Stevie Wonder has a house in Accra, perhaps as a place from which to take in the sophisticated blend of jazz, Latin, and traditional beats which make Accra a music lover's delight.
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