This CIEE program welcomes students from all academic disciplines who want to augment their undergraduate studies with learning about Ghana, through direct enrollment at the University of Ghana. The University of Ghana (UG) is the oldest and largest university in Ghana and located on a park-like campus in the suburbs of the naton’s capital Accra. Students attending this program can enroll in a wide range of courses alongside local students to experience higher education in Africa first hand. Because most of UG’s 39,000 students live on campus, there are many social activities and clubs that the study abroad students can join in.

Fields of Study:

Wide range of courses in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Biochemistry, politics, international relations, economics, statistics, history, public health, dance, music and African studies courses are popular fields for the CIEE participants.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); previous college-level coursework on Africa recommended but not required

Language Prerequisite:



15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Twi Language (offered by CIEE and required by Whitman), 3 credits
5 to 6 University of Ghana courses (courses worth 1-3 credits each)

Optional courses offered at the CIEE Center:
CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course, 3 credits
CIEE Independent Research course, 3 credits
CIEE Internship course, 3 credits

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit


Internships for credit are available in a variety of fields


Students may opt to live in a homestay with a Ghanaian family or in a University of Ghana residence hall with other CIEE, international and local students.


Homestay students take their breakfasts and dinners with their host family. Students in the residence hall may cook in the kitchens provided the hall or eat in one of the cafeterias on campus.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Early Aug to early Dec; Late Jan to late May


CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Ghana Arts and Sciences