• From delicious street food, great beaches, and memorable historic sites, a summer in Ghana offers an experience like no other.   

• Choose two classes taught by local faculty and earn 6 U.S. credits.  

• Learn about the history of the slave trade and Atlantic slave crossing during a visit to Cape Coast/Elmina Castles and Slave Dungeons, tour Shai Hills historical and cultural park, and join an overnight excursion to Ghana’s seat of Culture – the Ashanti Region. 

• Stay in on-campus housing in a residence shared by local and international students.  

• ISEP Resident Director Theresa Kwakye can arrange service and volunteer projects and offers extra support and advice to students throughout the program. 


Spend five weeks at Ghana’s top university exploring humanities and social science courses. If you are interested in learning about West African culture while enjoying a rich social experience in a local community, this program is for you! 

Excursions & Cultural Experiences 

There will be 4 activities/excursions on this program: 

• Guided Accra city tour (day trip)  

• Cape Coast exploration of the history of the slave trade and Atlantic slave crossing (day trip) 

• Shai Hills historical and cultural park (day trip)  

• Ashanti Region visit and cultural exploration (overnight trip), including: 

◦ Manhyia Palace 

◦ Craft villages where you can learn to weave with Ghanaian artisans 

◦ Visit the largest market in West Africa in Kumasi  

◦ Hotel stay included 

See additional details below. 

Service Learning 

Deepen your immersion in the community by participating in a 3-credit co-curricular service learning experience, including 30 hours of hands-on experience at a local Ghanian organization. The service learning experience is accompanied by 2 hours per week of class time to prepare for and discuss opportunities and challenges in the field. 

Students select one of 4 volunteer placements at local Ghanaian organizations as part of the service-learning course. They include: 

• BASICS International

• West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF)

• Play and Learn Foundation (PAL)

• Compassion in Action

Learn more about these organizations here!

Housing & Meals 

Students will stay in the International Student Hostel on campus.

Students will have access to cooking facilities, grocery stores, street food, and restaurants. We recommend students bring $500 to pay for food while abroad.  

Explore Accra 

Located in Ghana’s capital city, Accra, The University of Ghana’s lush green campus is in the fastest growing city in Africa. Students will find a bustling city brimming with energy and creativity, including local markets, cuisine from around the globe, a quickly-evolving arts scene, historical sites, vibrant night life, and sunny beaches.

Course Description

Students will choose two of the three courses listed for a total of 6 U.S. credits. All courses are taught in English and designed specifically for ISEP students. 

HIST 315: History of the Black Diaspora (3 credits)  

ARCH 331: Art History of Ghana (3 credits)  

SOC: Strategies for Social Development with Field Practicum (3 credits)

Students select one of the following organizations as part of this class: The 4 organizations are:

◦ BASICS International

◦ West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF)

◦ Play and Learn Foundation (PAL)

◦ Compassion in Action

Learn more about these organizations here!

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University of Ghana

The University of Ghana was founded in 1948 and originally operated as an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programs and awarded degrees. The institution...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Social Sciences

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Must be sophomore level or above. No course pre-requisites are necessary. 

Students enrolling in SOC: Strategies for Social Development with Field Practicum should indicate which of the four volunteer organizations they wish to volunteer with when completing their ISEP course list after placement.

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