CIEE: Ghana Arts and Sciences
Accra, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a mosaic of native cultures—the Akan, Ga, Ewe, Guan, and Dagomba tribes—and traces of colonial Britain, Portugal, and the Netherlands. The city, home to almost two million people, is the seat of government as well as home to the National Museum, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Cultural Center—an excellent place to buy textiles and handicrafts. The University of Ghana is located in Legon, a suburb of Accra.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE web page.
All students are required to take a Twi language course, designed to give students a basic knowledge of Twi. In addition, students take a minimum of four courses chosen from the regular offerings at the University of Ghana, with at least one course that focuses on Ghana and/or West Africa.
The CIEE Ghana program offers several courses arranged by CIEE and taught through the Ghana study center. These include the Seminar on Living and Learning, a directed research course and an internship option. For more information about these options please visit the CIEE web page.
In addition to the CIEE courses students will have able to select courses offered directly through the University of Ghana. From this page click on the Faculty you are interested in, then on the next page click on the Departments link on the left, this will then take you to a listing of the different departments and from there you can find course listings. Odd-numbered courses are offered in the fall, and even-numbered courses are offered in the spring. Actual course offerings vary from year to year, and not all courses are offered every semester. Students are advised that due to possible changes in the courses offered each term, they should be flexible in selecting courses and not necessarily expect to fulfill specific major requirements of their home institution. The academic administration at the University of Ghana does not publish course syllabi on a regular basis. Therefore, course syllabi are not always available prior to departure. It is important to note that due to final exam scheduling constraints, students must select all of their elective courses from the same level.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 15-18 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 1-3 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early-August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January – Late May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
On-Campus Dormitory— There are two dormitories in which CIEE students may be placed: a University of Ghana dormitory or a privately administered dormitory on campus shared with CIEE, Ghanaian, and other international students. In both dormitories, students share double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the dormitory option. Students can prepare their own meals with the limited cooking facilities in the dormitory or eat at establishments on or off campus. Students living on campus can expect fewer amenities and more basic accommodations but do benefit from close interaction with Ghanaian and other African peers. The dormitories are a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.
Homestay with Ghanaian Family— This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their experience in Ghana. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout greater Accra (beyond Legon), in most cases students are required to utilize public transportation to and from the University, a 30- to 40-minutes commute.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.