Semester in Ghana

Program Information

Semester in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, Ghana, a beautiful city on the beach. The city is well known for elaborate festivals, bustling markets, and historic castles. You will take classes at the respected University of Cape Coast in addition to exploring the incredible natural landscape all around you while you study abroad in Ghana. You will experience:

Diverse, country-specific courses taught in English – Study music, chemistry, history, languages, economics, tourism, and more while also learning about your surroundings with Ghana-focused coursework.

True cultural immersion – While there are other international students at the University, you’ll be in class with local Ghanaians and will truly learn about their culture when you study abroad in Ghana.

Fascinating history – As a center of the slave trade for generations, Cape Coast hosted many European colonial powers and there is a meaningful link between it and the United States. You’ll discover many relics from that era.

Melting pot of cultures – Home to over 100 ethnic groups and nearly 50 ethnic languages, modern Ghana is a tapestry of cultures.

Beautiful city right on the coast – Cape Coast is a small, stunning city of palm-lined beaches and lovely ocean views—from the city, from the University, and from your accommodations.

Study in Africa's most prosperous, stable nation – While still developing, Ghana is well-known throughout the world as the first independent sub-Saharan nation and has a strong record of democracy, stability, and increasing socioeconomic standards.

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Africa, then check out our Semester in Ghana program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Incredible places to visit, from beaches to jungles 
  • Courses taught in English 
  • International and local students 
  • Fantastic public university 
  • Strong on-site support from the University 
  • Thriving, colorful artisan and food markets throughout the city 
  • Learn Ghanaian music, drumming, dance, and more 
  • Visit historic Cape Coast Castle 
  • Visit Kakum National Rainforest

During your time in Ghana, you will have the opportunity to take excursions to see what else Ghana has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting:

Kumasi The once capital of the powerful Ashanti region, Kumasi is steeped in history and power. In modern Ghana, Kumasi is a lively metropolis with a veritable patchwork of cultures infused into daily life. Standing proud in the center of town is the bustling daily market and to the north is the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the King of Ashanti. Take time to visit this palace with its active courtrooms to gain true insight of how traditional African culture influences its modern democracy.

Kakum National Forest To combine learning with fabulous wildlife viewing and the chance of an adrenaline rush, Kakum National Park is the place. A 384 km reserve in central Ghana, Kakum is covered with tropical rainforest and home to forest buffalo, meerkats, and pygmy elephants among 900 other animal species. But the real attraction at Kakum is the 350m rope and cable canopy walkway suspended 30m above the canopy floor – certainly not for the faint-hearted!

Accra Originally built around the port, Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a sprawling, rapidly modernizing city. Set right along the Atlantic Coast, Accra offers easy access to some fabulous natural beaches. The city center itself is stacked with museums, public monuments, and cultural gems just waiting to be explored.


While studying in Ghana, you will be living in one of the international student residence halls located on the University of Cape Coast campus. The University campus is a healthy and safe place to live and is patrolled by security officers both during the day and at night. Meal plans are not offered. There are cheap shops and places to eat (called "chop bars"), where you can purchase food and other items that you may need, near campus and the dorms. Students will typically be placed in a double room where you will live with a roommate and use a communal bathroom and kitchen. The University cannot provide linens and you can bring those with you or purchase them upon arrival from a market seller.

Living on campus will give you the opportunity to meet new friends and students from across different cultures and countries, which will only enhance your study abroad experience!


Courses include African Studies, business, economics, education, environmental and biological sciences, history, performing arts, and sociology.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4-5 courses (12-15 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Arrival: January 20
Departure: May 24

Fall 2014*:

Arrival: August 5
Departure: December 12

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Three day trips and one weekend excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • University of Cape Coast official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“The human connections that I have made with the locals have completely altered my life and the experiences and things I have been able to do through this program have given me much insight into development and how to go about helping.”

Danielle T.