The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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The CIEE Ghana: Arts and Sciences program is a supported direct-enrollment program with the University of Ghana in Legon. The University of Ghana in Legon offers a wide range of courses offerings in the humanities, basic and applied sciences, education, and health sciences.


You will be enrolled at the University of Ghana in Legon, which is the oldest, most diverse campus community and largest university in the country. The program is directed towards those who want to study the political, economic, and public health challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations and focus on the history and cultural practices in West Africa.

You will also have the opportunity to take a language and culture course at CIEE's study center to help you integrate and better understand Ghana's current cultural, societal, and political themes.

Program Features

You have two housing options, which are on-campus dormitories or a homestay. In the University of Ghana dormitories, you will live with a roommate from CIEE, Ghana, or another country.

The program also includes field trips and excursions to places such as Kumasi, Dodi Island, Elmina, Cape Coast, Aburi Botanical Gardens, the Wli Falls in the Volta Region, and 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.