PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 

• Experience the vibrant flora and fauna of West Africa, a biodiverse region full of golden beaches, mountains, savannas, and tropical rainforests. Or vibe to the rhythm of Afrobeat music that abounds in Accra - walking down the street, it is common to hear a Djembe drum or see a reggae dance routine. 

• Students at the University of Ghana thrive in subjects like African studies, business, geography and resource development, agriculture, social sciences and public health.  

• You will be in great hands with Theresa Kwakye, the on-site ISEP Resident Director that will support you throughout the program. Having lived in Ghana for over 35 years, she’s a regional expert and passionate about helping students find opportunities to connect with local causes. 

• Imagine spending your free time volunteering with primates at a local NGO or teaching soccer to local children in under-resourced communities. Use your skillsets to give back to the local community through the volunteering component of this program. It makes a fantastic addition to your resume as well!  

LIFE ABROAD 

Considered to be some of the friendliest people on earth, you will be welcomed with open arms by the people of Accra. Locals occasionally invite international students to special experiences like weddings and other cultural events, which gives a glimpse into the beauty of Ghanaian culture. You can also extend your experience beyond the classroom through ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities. If you are interested in learning about complex issues facing developing nations while enjoying a rich cultural, historical and social experience, this program is for you! 

LIVE 

Connect with a global community by living in the international student dorms. The housing benefits on this program include a double room, Wi-Fi, a shared laundry facility, a shared kitchen, and more. Nearby are grocery shops with snacks and drinks, restaurants, and a hair salon. 

DINE 

Surrounding campus there are many restaurants serving a variety of different cuisines from around the world like Mexican, Chinese, and more. Street food in Ghana is also abundant, affordable, and delicious. For example, snack on Kelewele (deep fried plantains) or dig into a succulent rice and bean dish called Waakye while you are in Accra. If you would rather cook your own meals, there is a shared kitchen in the residence that has stovetops, sinks, and a communal fridge. 

EXPERIENCE 

Kick off your experience with an Accra city tour offered during orientation to help you learn how to navigate your new city. Additionally, past excursions have included a visit to the Cape Coast Castle to learn about the history of the slave trade and Atlantic slave crossing, crossing the popular rope bridge at Kakum National Park, and a journey to nearby villages that specialize in weaving and woodcarving. Nearby excursions to natural wonders could include a visit to Mole National Park, Wili Falls (the highest waterfall in Africa), Mount Afadjato, and Tafi Atomi monkey sanctuary. 

EXPLORE 

Within Accra, transportation is easy (as the city is relatively small compared to other capital cities) and Trotros (trolly buses), taxis, Uber, and Lyft are readily available. Accra is close to the beach (Labadi Beach), the mountains, shopping, and tourist destinations. Being in Accra gives you the opportunity to be at “the center of the world” because of its location on the Greenwich Meridian and the closeness to the Equator (fun fact!). 

THRIVE 

Services available on campus include the Office for Students with Special Needs, a library, sports facilities, and more.  

VOLUNTEER

This program enables students to volunteer at one of over a dozen sites to serve and learn in the local communities. At these organizations you are often encouraged to contribute your own project ideas that suit your skills. This is a great opportunity to enhance and develop your skillset while simultaneously giving back to the local community. 

RESIDENT DIRECTOR 

Theresa Scott Kwakye is a native of Washington, D.C., and has spent the last 35 years living and working in Ghana. Theresa was employed in various roles before coming to the University of Ghana in 1991 and beginning her work in international education. After receiving a master’s degree in African studies from the University of Ghana, she became the Resident Director for ISEP Study Abroad in Legon. She is passionate about the benefits of international education as she has seen its effects on the many students who have passed through the Ghana programs over the years. 

What We Love About Accra 

The amount of support and excursions available on this program are unmatched! You will have the opportunity to be truly immersed in the culture of Ghana while also receiving a high-quality educational experience. 

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Course Description

ISEP students studying in Ghana thrive in fields such as African studies, business, geography and resource development, agriculture, social sciences and public health. We encourage students to deepen their experience by taking the 3-credit Twi language class as part of their program. To get you started, below is a chart of popular classes students have taken in the past.  

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 15-18 credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 15-18 U.S. Credit Hours. Each class is generally worth 3 credits.    

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

Social Sciences

Biology

Business

Health Sciences


International/Global Studies

 

Abnormal Psychology

Biochemistry of Viruses

Macroeconomics and Business

Nutritional Physiology: Theory and Practical

 

Public Policy and Heritage Management in  

Ghana

 

Social Welfare and Social Policy

Molecular Biology

 Fundamentals of Accounting Methods

Organic Chemistry

 

Politics of International Economic Relations

 

 Ghana from  Colonialism to Independence

 

Principles of Lab Organization and Management

 

Social Responsibility and Ethics

Molecular Biology

International Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights

Terrorism and Global Security

Principles of Genetics

Marketing Research Methods

 

Nutrition, Sustainable Livelihoods and Extension

 

Human Diversity. Peace, and Conflict Management

African Philosophy

Venomous Animals

Commercial Law

Practical Biochemistry

 

Post-Conflict Peace-Building and Transitional Justice

 

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Quiamony Gaskins 703-504-9963 | QGaskins@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Agricultural Business Operations Agricultural Economics Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Sciences Soil Sciences

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies Asian Studies Chinese Studies French Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Botany/Plant Biology Entomology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology Parasitology Physiology Toxicology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Actuarial Science Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management Insurance International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Management Information Systems Marketing

  • Communication

    Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education:

    Adult and Continuing Education Educational Leadership and Administration

  • Engineering:

    Agricultural Engineering Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature French Language and Literature Linguistics Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Community Health Services/Counseling Dental Hygiene Dietetics Health and Wellness Marriage and Family Health Services/Counseling Medicine Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy Nursing Midwifery Nursing Science Nutrition Sciences Occupational Therapy Pharmacy Public Health Respiratory Therapy Veterinary Sciences

  • History

    History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Mathematics

    Statistics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Marine Resources Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Biblical Studies Christian Studies Ethics Islamic Studies Philosophy Religious Studies Theological Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology:

    Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology Educational Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies:

    Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Dance Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology Playwriting and Screenwriting Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

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

Special Application Instructions

Supplemental Application:A supplemental application for the University of Ghana is required. Please attach the application to the "additional documents" section of the ISEP application. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

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

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture Recommended!

  • Area Studies Recommended!

  • Biology Recommended!

  • Business Recommended!

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • Engineering Recommended!

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

  • Health Sciences Recommended!

  • Human Services Recommended!

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!

  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

  • Physical Sciences Recommended!

  • Psychology Recommended!

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts Recommended!

Academic Requirements

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

Special Application Instructions

Supplemental Application:A supplemental application for the University of Ghana is required. Please attach the application to the "additional documents" section of the ISEP application. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Students interested in science courses, should note that they are largely theory based.  

For a list of class offerings and short class descriptions by Faculty, please use the following pages:  

http://www.ug.edu.gh/aad/Students-Handbook  

• College of Humanities 

• College of Education 

• College of Health Sciences 

• College of Basic and Applied Sciences 

Students should note that odd-numbered courses are offered in the first semester and even-numbered courses are offered in the second semester. Courses ending with 00 are year-long courses. 

The minimum credit load is 15 credits.  Each credit hour represents one lecture hour per week.  Most classes are worth 3 credits. So students should plan to take 5-6 classes and spend 15-18 hours per week in lectures.  The service-learning project and internship requires additional hours beyond the classes themselves. Students should keep that time commitment in mind when identifying how many and which classes they want to take in combination with the service learning or internship components. 

Advanced degrees classes are open to ISEP students, but students must apply directly to the degree program. The Faculty of Law is only open to graduate students who are already in law school before coming to Ghana. Law courses are not available to ISEP undergraduate students.

Semester dates typically run as follows:

Fall

Arrival and orientation: Second week of August

Courses start: Last week of August

Exams: Third week in December

Spring

Arrival and orientation: Last week of January

Courses start: First week of February

Exams: Last two weeks in May

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