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Program Snapshot

Overview of GEP Program:
The ISEP program in Ghana is a designated Global Engagement Program Site, enabling students to extend their ISEP experience beyond the classroom through ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities.

The opportunities are:

  • Community Service
  • Independent Studies/Research Projects
  • Internships

    Other GEP Benefits:

    The GEP program in Ghana includes the following additional benefits:
  • On-Site Resident Director Assistance
  • ISEP-Excursions
  • ISEP-Organized Twi Language Course
  • ISEP-Organized Group Flight

  • GEP Fees:
    A supplemental GEP fee of $700 is charged to all ISEP-Exchange participants studying in Ghana to offset the cost of the added GEP benefits. The GEP benefits are included as part of the program fee for ISEP-Direct participants.

    ISEP Exchange is CLOSED at this site for Fall 2016. ISEP Direct is OPEN. For more information about this program, please contact the Program Officer for Africa, Lindsay Moats or check out her blog !

    The campus is located approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Accra, the capital of Ghana. University Avenue extends from the main gate to Legon Hill, where Commonwealth Hall, convocation buildings, an open-air theatre, the Great Hall and a tower donated by the Government of Ghana to commemorate Ghana's independence may be found.

    ISEP Exchange academic semester
    ISEP Direct academic year or semester

    ISEP-Exchange for International students.
    ISEP-Exchange for US students.
    ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

    Chance of Placement
    ISEP Exchange chance of placement for U.S. students is generally limited.
    ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally limited.
    For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

    Program Dates
    Academic year: mid-August to mid-May; Semester 1: mid-August to mid-December; Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.

    Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

    The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

    ISEP-Direct Program fees:
    Full Year 16-17: $19,900
    Semester 1 16-17: $10,950
    Semester 2 16-17 $10,950

    Includes additional GEP benefits

    For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
    SM1: June 30, 2016
    SM2: November 30, 2016

    Fast Facts
    Legon, Ghana
    Student Enrollment: 26,000
    Language of instruction: English
    University Home Page
    ISEP Ghana Website
    ISEP Facilitated Community Engagement Opportunities
    University of Ghana Application Form

    Agriculture and Consumer Sciences (agriculture, agricultural extension, agricultural research, animal science, crop science, cultural economics & agribusiness, soil science); Arts (English, linguistics, Ghanaian language studies [Twi], modern languages [Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Translation], philosophy and classics, religions, School of Performing Arts [dance studies, theater arts, music]); Engineering (agricultural, biomedical, computer, food process, material science); Health Sciences (adult health, community health, maternal and child health, nursing); Science (animal biology and conservation science, biochemistry, botany, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, mathematics, nutrition & food science, oceanography and fisheries, physics, psychology, statistics); Social Studies (archaeology and heritage studies, computer science, economics, geography & resource development, history, information studies, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, statistics); U Ghana Business School (accounting, banking & finance, public administration and health service management, organization and human resource management, operations management and management information systems, marketing and customer management); African Studies (courses may be taken through the departments listed above).

    Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
    Advanced degrees are open to ISEP students, but students must apply directly to the degree program. The Faculty of Law is only open to graduate students who are already in Law school before coming to Ghana. Law courses are not available to ISEP undergraduate students.

    Academic Notes
    Most appropriate fields for ISEP students are African studies, geography and resource development, agriculture, and social sciences. Curriculum for science courses is largely theory based. Due to the difference in university calendars, it is possible that you will not receive confirmation of your placement at University of Ghana until as late as July for the following fall and full-year placement, and November for spring placement.


    Transcripts are typically issued within three months after final exams. Students who wish to have additional copies of transcripts for graduate school or other post-baccalaureate programs should notify the coordinator. Transcripts will be forwarded to ISEP, and then to the studentís home institution. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

    Language Notes
    All coursework at the University of Ghana is taught in English and students should have a good grasp of the language.

    An intensive beginner level Twi language course (3 credits) is offered as part of the ISEP program in addition to regular classes during the studentís first semester of study in Ghana. Participation in this course is highly recommended. The Twi language course will appear on the official University of Ghana transcript for students who complete the coursework.

    I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit an ISEP Language Proficiency Report.

    Special ISEP Application Instructions
    All students applying to study in Ghana must complete a University of Ghana application form in addition to their ISEP application. Be sure to submit the typed U Ghana application and attach a recent passport-sized color photo as indicated on the application. This application must be typed. Attach the scanned application to "Additional Information" under the " Documents" tab in your ISEP Online Application. Students interested in ISEP Facilitated Community Engagement Opportunities, including volunteering, internships, and independent study, should also include a supplemental statement as outlined on the final page of the U Ghana application. Students should email these documents to the Program Office for Africa, Lindsay Moats in the event that they forget to attach these documents to their ISEP Application.

    Hints for Researching Courses
    1. Links to course descriptions for each of the six faculties can be found under ďCOURSESĒ above.
    2. Students should note that odd-numbered courses are offered in the fall semester and even-numbered courses are offered in the spring semester. Courses ending with 00 are offered during both semesters.
    3. Students should be prepared to be somewhat flexible with regard to course selection since course offerings have been know to change with little prior notice.

    Housing and Meals
    Students are housed in double rooms in an on-campus international student residence hall (with option of having a Ghanaian roommate.) The residence hall is equipped with laundry and cooking facilities. A cash meal stipend is provided at the beginning of the semester. Stipends can be used to prepare meals or purchase meals at one of many on-campus cafeterias or food vendors. There are also several restaurants located in close proximity to the school.

    You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses, including books, are estimated at: $200. Students should budget for the following additional expenses: Optional cell phone purchase ($35), optional Independent Study fee ($300), optional excursion to another region of Ghana ($250).

    There is an ISEP-specific orientation dealing with social, cultural, travel, safety, etiquette and lifestyle issues. There will be visits to places of interest including an Accra City Tour, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, W.E.B. DuBois Center, shopping areas in Accra and in surrounding areas near the campus. Immigration and university-wide orientation includes information on education, registration, university life, historical and cultural information on Ghana and medical exam required by Ghana Immigration. Students will also visit other regions in Ghana during the semester through organized excursions.

    Free airport pickup is provided. Students should contact the ISEP Coordinator at UG for more information.

    Student Activities
    There are ample opportunities to participate in team sports such as basketball, swimming, volleyball and soccer. Participation on these teams often includes travel to other West African countries or other cities in Ghana for competition.

    ISEP students participate in an extensive orientation program including academic, cultural, health & safety information, visits to local areas of interest and two overnight excursions outside of Accra. ISEP benefits include on-site support from an ISEP Resident Director.

    Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
    As a designated Global Engagement Program, ISEP directly facilitates community engagement opportunities that enable ISEP students to enrich their experience in Ghana by becoming actively engaged with the local community.

    ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities:
    ISEP has identified a number of community organizations near Accra that have needs which could be met by ISEP students. Check out ISEPís current partnerships: ISEP Facilitated Community Engagement Opportunities.

    Other volunteer opportunities:
    v If none of the ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities above fit what you are looking for, please contact the ISEP Resident Director directly (isep@ug.edu.gh) for assistance in arranging another opportunity.

    Independent Study opportunities in Ghana
    Students also have the opportunity to participate in a structured independent study project supervised by a professor from the University of Ghana. The independent study project should be discussed at length at the home university if the student is seeking academic credit for the project. Credit will not be awarded by the University of Ghana, and therefore students must discuss the option of their home university awarding partial or full credit for the arranged project. There is a separate fee associated with a project to be paid to the supervising professor at the University of Ghana.

    Students interested in any of the ISEP-facilitated community engagement opportunities listed above should submit a separate statement detailing their interest along with the ISEP Ghana application. See the application for more details.

    GEP: ISEP-Facilitated Community Engagement Options
    For current community engagement opportunities in Ghana, please contact Lindsay Moats.

    The university was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast and operated as an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programs and awarded degrees. The institution was awarded full university status in 1961. The University of Ghana is the largest of the four universities in Ghana and currently enrolls 26,000 students. Originally, the curricular emphasis was on liberal arts, social science, basic science, agriculture and medicine; however, there is currently a national educational reform program to diversify the curriculum and provide more science and technology and post-graduate training.