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UK Direct: University of Ghana (ISEP Direct)
Legon, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||UK applicants only|
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|Experience Type:||Research 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, Human Health Sciences, 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:||English||Minimum Language Requirement:||None|
|Housing Options:||Residence Hall||Eligibility:||2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate|
|Minimum GPA:||2.75||Student Type:||Both undergraduate and graduate students|
|Advisor:||Ted Strohmeier||UK Travel Medical Insurance:||Provided by program partner|
University of Ghana
Program SnapshotOverview 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.
The GEP program in Ghana includes the following additional benefits:
- ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities
- On-site Resident Director assistance
- ISEP-organized Twi language course
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.
Legon, GhanaLanguage of instruction: English
Student Enrollment: 26,000
Student Enrollment: 26,000
ISEP Ghana Website
ISEP Facilitated Community Engagement Opportunities
LocationThe 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 TypeISEP-Exchange academic semester
ISEP-Direct academic year or semester
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Program DatesAcademic year: mid-August to mid-May; Semester 1: mid-August to mid-December; Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.
ProgramsAgriculture 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).
- Faculty of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences Course Description
- Faculty of Arts Course Description
- Faculty of Engineering Science Course Description
- Faculty of Science Course Description
- Faculty of Social Studies Course Description
- U Ghana Business School Course Description
Courses for Graduate (Masters) LevelAdvanced 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 MealsStudents 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 ActivitiesThere 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.
ProfileThe 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.
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Students will earn transfer credit from 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 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 UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
- PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
- Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
- All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to ISEP. For the ISEP application, contact the UK EA advisor for this program (see contact information below).
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
- Usually, financial aid (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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
- UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility, in Room 106 of Bowman's Den, accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
- U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Ghana. Please consult the website of the Embassy of Ghana or your Education Abroad Advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain a visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.
All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc.
For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
Mr. Ted Strohmeier, Interim EA Exchanges Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2016||11/05/2015 **||Rolling Admission||01/11/2016||05/14/2016|
|NOTE: Term dates are approximate.|
|Fall||2016||04/01/2016 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2016-2017||04/01/2016 **||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.