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UK Direct: University of Ghana (ISEP Direct)
Legon, Ghana
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: ISEP 
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Restrictions: UK applicants only
Fees and Policies Academic Year,
Fact Sheet:
 Experience Type:
Research Abroad, Service Abroad, Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Accounting, African Studies, Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Animal Sciences, Arabic Language, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Business Management, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Dance, Decision Science and Information Systems, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, English, Finance, Food Science, French Language, Geography, Health, History, International Business, International Economics, International Finance, International Marketing, International Relations, International Studies, Islamic Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marine Science, Marketing, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Plant and Soil Science, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Russian Language, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Swahili Language, Theater
 Course Language:
 Minimum Language Requirement:
 Housing Options:
Residence Hall
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Laurence Tuccori
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:
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University of Ghana

Program Snapshot

Overview of GEP Program:
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the ISEP program in Ghana will become a designated Global Engagement Program Site, enabling students to extend their ISEP experience beyond the classroom through ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities. These opportunities may include:  volunteer work, service learning for academic credit, independent study, community service, internships and/or research projects. 

				GEP Benefits:
The GEP program in Ghana includes the following additional benefits:
  • ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities
  • On-site Resident Director assistance
  • ISEP-excursions
  • ISEP-organized Twi language course
GEP Fees:
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, a supplemental GEP fee of $630 will be charged to all ISEP-Exchange participants studying in Ghana to offset the cost of the added GEP benefits.  The GEP benefits will be included as part of the program fee for ISEP-Direct participants.

Fast Facts

Legon, Ghana
Student Enrollment: 26,000
Language of instruction: English
ISEP Ghana Website
ISEP Facilitated Community Engagement Opportunities



The campus is located approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Accra, the capital of Ghana. University Avenue extends from the main gate to Legon Hill, where Commonwealth Hall, convocation buildings, an open-air theatre, the Great Hall and a tower donated by the Government of Ghana to commemorate Ghana's independence may be found.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange academic semester
ISEP-Direct academic year or semester

			 ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement

ISEP-Exchange chance of placement is generally limited for U.S. students.
Students wishing to be considered for reciprocal exchange placement either during fall or spring must submit their applications by February 1st.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates

Academic year: mid-August to mid-May; Semester 1: mid-August to mid-December; Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.


Agriculture and Consumer Sciences (agriculture, agricultural extension, agricultural research, animal science, crop science, cultural economics & agribusiness, soil science); Arts (English, linguistics, Ghanaian language studies [Twi], modern languages [Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Translation], philosophy and classics, religions, School of Performing Arts [dance studies, theater arts, music]); Engineering (agricultural, biomedical, computer, food process, material science); Health Sciences (adult health, community health, maternal and child health, nursing); Science (animal biology and conservation science, biochemistry, botany, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, mathematics, nutrition & food science, oceanography and fisheries, physics, psychology, statistics); Social Studies (archaeology and heritage studies, computer science, economics, geography & resource development, history, information studies, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, statistics); U Ghana Business School (accounting, banking & finance, public administration and health service management, organization and human resource management, operations management and management information systems, marketing and customer management); African Studies (courses may be taken through the departments listed above).

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

Advanced degrees 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.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in double rooms in an on-campus international student residence hall (with option of having a Ghanaian roommate.) A cash meal stipend is provided at the beginning of the semester.

Student Activities

There are ample opportunities to participate in team sports such as basketball, swimming, volleyball and soccer. Participation on these teams often includes travel to other West African countries or other cities in Ghana for competition.

			ISEP students participate in an extensive orientation program including academic, cultural, health & safety information, visits to local areas of interest and two overnight excursions outside of Accra. ISEP benefits include on-site support from an ISEP Resident Director.


The university was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast and operated as an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programs and awarded degrees. The institution was awarded full university status in 1961. The University of Ghana is the largest of the four universities in Ghana and currently enrolls 26,000 students. Originally, the curricular emphasis was on liberal arts, social science, basic science, agriculture and medicine; however, there is currently a national educational reform program to diversify the curriculum and provide more science and technology and post-graduate training.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

			ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

			Visit the ISEP Directory Page for more info
Visit the ISEP Home Page

ISEP Network

In addition to the program featured above, UK students may petition to participate on any exchange program within the ISEP network. For more information on additional ISEP Direct programs, visit the ISEP Search for a Program or the Directory of International Universities.


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit

  • Students will earn transfer credit from the University of Ghana. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by the University of Ghana.  The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school. However, the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the Education Abroad Academic Credit website. 
  • PRIOR to participating in this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the courses will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in the application materials.  
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the Education Abroad at UK office. Once received, the Education Abroad staff will coordinate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) the term they are abroad.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.


Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Ghana and have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of return. Please consult the Ghanaian Embassy Website or your Education Abroad advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance via ISEP for the duration of the program.  ISEP's Travel Medical Insurance plan is included in the program fee and meets the minimum levels of coverage required by UK. Please see the Education Abroad Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 05/08/2014** Rolling Admission 08/15/2014 05/15/2015
 NOTE: Term dates are approximate.
Fall 2014 05/08/2014** Rolling Admission 08/15/2014 12/19/2014
 NOTE: Term dates are approximate.
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.