CIEE Ghana: Arts and Sciences in Legon

Language of Instruction: English, Twi
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Attend the University of Ghana for semester or summer to focus on West African economy, politics and/or the arts

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
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The CIEE Ghana: Arts and Sciences in Legon is a supported enrollment program with the University of Ghana in Legon and is offered during the fall and spring semesters. The University of Ghana offers a wide range of courses similar to that which can be found in most US universities. You can study topics from West African economics and politics to local art and music. You live in either a homestay or international student dormitory, and participate in a wide variety of excursions with the group.


Based at the University of Ghana in Legon, a slower paced city 10 miles from the capital of Accra, the program is directed at students who want to study the political and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations, and as well as people particularly interested in West African history and cultural practices, various musical and dance forms, as well as public health.

You take a Twi language class at the CIEE Study Center and enroll directly at the University where you take four classes alongside Ghanaian students.

Program Features

You have two housing options:

On-Campus Dormitory—You can live in a University of Ghana dormitory on campus with a CIEE student, Ghanaian, or other international student. 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 use public transportation to and from the university, a 30-to 40-minute commute.

The program also includes field trips and excursions to places such as: Kumasi, Dodi Island, Elmina, Cape Coast, Aburi Botanical Gardens, and the Wli Falls in the Volta Region, as well as day trips to the National Museum, the Dubois Center, and the Nkrumah Mausoleum. Local conditions dictate which field trips and excursions are offered each semester, and are subject to change.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Africa South of the Sahara
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021