- Location: Legon, Ghana
- Language of Instruction: English
- Minimum GPA: 2.7
- Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors
Legon is a suburb located 8 miles from the capital, Accra. Accra is a busy, rapidly growing city with a lively nightlife, affordable restaurants, and a decidedly “non-touristy” atmosphere that makes it a real resource for the participants of this program. Ghana is a small West African nation of about 20 million people. It has a stable developing economy and is a politically stable democracy with an elected president. Ghana is a beautiful tropical country peopled with well-educated citizenry who are open and welcoming to Europeans and Americans.
About the University: The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of Ghana’s Yive universities. Founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, it became the University College of Ghana with Ghana’s independence in March, 1957. During those initial years it enjoyed a special relationship with the University of London, which supervised its academic programs and awarded University of London external degrees to its graduates. This special relationship came to an end in 1961 when, by an Act of Parliament, the University College was accorded full University status with authority to award its own degrees and diplomas.
- Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payment to the program.
Students must have junior or senior class standing by the start of the program. Students should show interest and some background in African Studies. Vaccinations required. Students are required to take an appropriate-level language course.
Undergraduates at the University of Ghana take 15 credits for a semester abroad. The transcript is issued by SUNY College at Brockport and is from the University of Ghana.
Students can take classes at the International Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD), as well as the allied sections of the Institute of African Studies. African drumming is a very popular course.
Africana Studies, Archaeology / Archeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Feminine & Gender Studies, French, Geology, Growth and Structure of Cities, Health Sciences, Health Studies, Hebrew/Jewish Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Molecular Biology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theater
Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.
Orientation: Mandatory week-long program on society and culture of Ghana.
Number of Students: Approximately 15 students attend each semester. Approximately 6,000 University of Ghana undergraduates of whom 100 are from the US.
Double room in dorm.
Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.
Vaccinations: Include but may not be limited to Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG), Hepatitis B, Meningococcal meningitis, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus-diptheria, Measles, and Polio. Students must be prepared to show proof of their MMR and Yellow Fever inoculations. See your doctor or Health Services for a complete list of required and recommended vaccinations.
- Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
- Semester I: Mid-August to mid-December
- Semester II: late January to mid-May
- Semester I: March 1
- Semester II: October 15