Spring Study Abroad Program
Offering a wide range of courses at the University of Ghana.
Spend an unforgettable spring semester at the University of Ghana, one of West Africa’s most prestigious universities. With approximately 30,000 students at its campus in Legon, a suburb of Accra, Ghana’s capital city, the University of Ghana offers students a broad range of exciting educational and cultural opportunities. Politically stable, safe, and with English as its official language, Ghana provides an excellent vantage point for experiencing sub-Saharan Africa and for a rich and deep study-abroad experience. The University of Ghana campus itself is large, with many amenities. Public transportation is available, and traditional markets, a large US-style mall, clubs, and medical facilities are in the vicinity. Excursions to historically significant sites, nature preserves, and other attractions are possible. American students often find Ghanaians to be warm and open, while at the same time finding it necessary to develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural traditions that may be new to the visiting students. Life in Ghana presents unusual rewards and challenges for visiting US students, and we particularly recommend this program for students who are flexible and resourceful.
January - May (Exact dates TBA)
TBA - Email us to be added to contact list for program updates
Sept. 30, 2018
Oct. 22, 2018
At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:
- At least 12 credits earned at UNH
- Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
- A declared major
- A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
- Good standing with the Student Conduct System
- A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.
The UNH Ghana Program allows UNH students to spend an immersive spring semester enrolling in courses at the University of Ghana. Program benefits include:
- Save money! The program costs substantially less than a semester on campus in Durham and there are many scholarship opportunities for students studying in Ghana.
- Participating in the Ghana Program is a life-changing experience for nearly everyone who goes.
- Select from courses in dozens of disciplines and potentially get credit for major, minor, or Discovery requirements
- English is the official language in Ghana, and all courses are taught in English.
- Experience life in West Africa's most prosperous and exciting countries
- Study at one of Africa's most prominent universities alongside other international and Ghanaian students
- Live on a safe, secure university campus just outside the bustling capital of Accra
Students will meet in-person with the program faculty and the COLA Center for Study Abroad over the course of the fall semester to prepare for the program, apply for their visas, and make travel arrangements. After being admitted by UNH to the UNH Ghana Program, students will need to apply directly to the University of Ghana. The UNH Ghana Program will provide instructions and help students complete this process. The UG application fee is $110. The COLA Center for Study Abroad will register students for spring UNH courses associated with the Ghana Program.
About the University of Ghana
Founded in 1948, the University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the five public universities in Ghana. Its graceful, architecturally significant buildings are set on a spacious, park-like campus on a gentle slope of Legon Hill, nine miles from downtown Accra. The curriculum is organized into faculties, colleges, and schools of agriculture and consumer services, arts, business, modern languages, law, performing arts, science, social studies, and health sciences (including medical and dental schools). Additional academic units include agricultural research stations; institutes for adult education, African studies, statistical and economic research, and population studies; research centers in a variety of sciences; an International Centre for African Music and Dance; and a Centre for Gender Studies.
Ghanaian schools employ a British system of education that varies significantly from what UNH students are used to. Probably the biggest difference is the focus on the final exams. Emphasis is not placed as much on readings from texts, which can be difficult to attain. Many classes in the liberal arts and social sciences are very large, lecture-style courses. Attendance is of the utmost important; absences result in lower grades. Many lecturers emphasize memorization of facts and expect students to repeat the lecture material on exams. Others expect more independent work from students and expect them to give evidence of having mastered the readings. It is important for students to follow all given directions and to be attentive in class. Students will work with the UNH Faculty Director and COLA Center for Study Abroad prior to departure to prepare for academic expectations during their semester abroad.
Read the University of Ghana's International Student Handbook for more information on student life at the University.
A broad range of courses are open to visiting students at the University of Ghana. Official course registration takes place on the UG campus in the first week of the semester. However, students are required to browse through the catalogs below and discuss potential courses with the Program Coordinator and their academic advisors. Many US students are particularly interested in enrolling in performing arts courses, especially dance and music, and in African studies courses, but a wide range of undergraduate courses are available, subject to schedule and enrollment, as well as course prerequisites. Independent study opportunities are also available.
Access the course options through the Undergraduate Course Handbooks. You can identify spring course options by focusing on course numbers that end in "0" or an even number. Read more about the course selection process in our Course Information Sheet.
Most courses at the University of Ghana are worth 3 credits. UNH students must enroll in at least 5 courses for a total of 15 credits. All courses will be treated as transfer credit which means that 1) you must attain at least a C grade to earn credit and 2) even though your final grade will appear on your UNH transcript it will not affect your GPA.
Course Selection Process
Prior to departure, students will be required to complete a Course Approval Form with their UNH academic advisor to register official approval of courses they are interested in taking while abroad. The COLA Center for Study Abroad will instruct students on how to complete this form. Students may seek major or minor requirement approval through respective departments or Discovery Category approval through the Registrar's Office.
Upon arrival, the International Programmes Office will assist students with registration. Students must enroll in at least 15 credits.
- Arrival in Accra: Mid to late-January (arrival day to be announced)
- Classes start: February 5
- Add/Drop deadline: February 23
- Independence Day holiday: March 6
- Easter holiday: To be confirmed
- May Day holiday: May 1
- Classes end: May 4
- Exams: May 12-27
- Departure: May 28
A busy and modern city of over two million people, Accra is Ghana's political capital and one of West Africa's most vibrant urban destinations. The city stretches along the Atlantic coast and offers a diversity of experiences including sandy beaches, dense urbran areas, lush parks, and quieter suburban neighborhoods (like Legon where the University of Ghana is located). Accra is a young city and has become well known in recent years for its exciting food, arts, and nightlife scene. Visitors can take in well known sites such as Labadi Beach, the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, or the historic neighborhood of Jamestown. Many famous attractions elsewhere in Ghana are easily accessible from Accra as well such as the Gold Coast or Kakum National Park.
- University of Ghana, International Programmes Office
- NY Times Article, "Africa's Capital of Cool"
- Lonely Planet Guide: Accra
- CNN Article, "Forget Paris, Fall in Love with Accra"
Students pay their usual tuition but are exempt from mandatory university fees for the semester. Students pay a program fee covering housing and excursions for the semester, an international health and travel insurance fee, and a study abroad administrative fee. Students are responsible for their own meals and travel expenses. Financial aid recipients continue to receive their scholarships and aid.
Students participating in the Ghana Program in spring 2019 will pay the following on their UNH tuition bill:
- UNH Tuition
- UNH Fees
- Technology $100.50
- Study Abroad Administration $200
- International Health Insurance and Travel Assistance Plan: $150
- Estimated Program Fee $945
- Covers housing and student services from the University of Ghana/Aya Centre
Note: Students must also pay a housing damage deposit of $500, any refund of which is returned after the students return to the United States.
Housing and Meals
Students live in the University of Ghana’s international student dormitories, which provide double and single rooms, cooking facilities, lounges, resident assistants, and a 24-hour staffed front desk. Each floor has a laundry, rudimentary kitchenette, and TV lounge. Students will share a room with either another international student or a Ghanaian student.
Evening shuttle service is available to and from the accommodations, and a market is adjacent.
Students are responsible for their own meals, and they have access to a range of campus dining facilities and dormitory cooking facilities. At the University of Ghana you can eat in the dormitory commons or at restaurants or canteens and markets on campus. The UG campus has a central cafeteria. Meals on campus cost about $2–$5. A meal in a Western-style restaurant off campus starts at about $12. Popular kebabs are about 50 cents each. The Night Market—next to ISH—and the Bush Canteen are two outdoor markets on campus where students can buy inexpensive meals.
- Comprehensive international insurance and travel assistance coverage
- Pre-departure preparation and visa advising
- In-country support from the University of Ghana's International Programmes Office and full access to University resources.
- In-country support from the Aya Centre. The Aya Centre is a single-purpose, multi-service organization designed to enhance the learning experience and cultural awareness of persons traveling to Ghana. The Centre is also committed to contributing to the development of Ghana in particular and Africa in general. UNH has contracted with the Aya Centre to provide a range of services including emergency contact and advising and access to high speed internet and the Centre’s facilities. On a fee-added basis, students can arrange, through the Aya Centre, for excursions to such places as Cape Coast and Kumasi, as well as service-learning opportunities.
Estimates for these additional costs not payable to UNH are:
- Airfare to and from Ghana: $1,200-1,500
- University of Ghana Application Fee: $110.
- Visa Fee: $100.
- Mandatory medical preparations: costs vary depending on insurance. Students must visit a travel medicine specialist to obtain a yellow fever vaccination (required for reentry to the US) and anti-malaria medications. Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment at the travel clinic in UNH's Health & Wellness office. At their option, students may choose to have other inoculations; this is to be discussed with the medical specialist. The costs of these services vary, depending in part on the student’s medical insurance.
- Meals: $700-900, estimated
- Books and materials
- Phone: $100
- Other personal spending and travel money: $500-1000
Payment Information and Refund Policy
A non-refundable $200 deposit payment will be due from all accepted students by October 22, 2018.
The Ghana Program provides multiple layers of institutional support to ensure the health and safety of participating students. Read a general overview of health and safety issues, authored by the Program Director.
Health and Safety Quick Facts
Government: In 1957, Ghana became the first Sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence from colonial rule and is now a politically stable country run by a parliamentary democracy. Ghana is often looked to as a model for African democracy and is widely known as a warm, welcoming country. Learn more by reviewing the CIA World Factbook.
Crime: Ghana's violent crime rate is considerably lower than that of the United States. While petty theft and pick-pocketing are common, these hazards are often easily avoided if students remain alert and travel in pairs or groups, especially at night.
Water and Food Safety:Students should stick to drinking purified bottled water, which is very inexpensive and available for purchase everywhere. Students should eat only fruits and vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled and cleaned after purchase and eat hot food while it is still hot.
Malaria: While malaria is common in Ghana, it is both easily avoidable and treatable if travelers adhere to their anti-malarial prescription as well as utilize insect repellent and wear long clothing at night. Learn more about malaria prevention at the Center for Disease Control website.
The University of Ghana's Office of International Programmes manages study abroad arrangements with universities world-wide, and their experienced staff provide support and guidance for all students from the time they arrive at the airport until their departure.
The Aya Centre--located just moments from the UG campus--to serve as the first responder for any student emergencies, ranging from a lost passport to an medical issue in need of immediate attention. The Aya Centre staff is available to participating students 24/7 while they're abroad, and is directed by Professor Michael Williams, who is touted by officials at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana as someone who has "seen it all.
The University of New Hampshire is an institutional member of International SOS, a medical assistance, international health care and security assistance company. Students and parents/guardians can take advantage of this powerful resource by calling an International SOS alarm center, which has physicians, multilingual coordinators, operations managers, logistics support personnel and medical and security professionals on hand to speak with you. If students need a medical referral, lose medication, seek pre-travel advice or experience a medical or security crisis, UNH has a fully integrated program in place so that students receive the care and expertise that they need, whenever and wherever they need it. Click here to read more about UNH students' membership benefits).
Of course, the best preventative measure is always for students to follow all program policies and procedures, as well as adhere to Ghanaian laws and customs.
Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to contact both the Program Director, email@example.com, (603) 862-4355 and Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, at any time with further questions.