About The Program
Explore West Africa in Ghana's capital city of Accra, which bursts with art and food culture. The University of Ghana's commitment to national growth make it an ideal academic fit for public health, development, and the arts. Courses also include meaningful community interactions, internships, and cultural excursions. Experience castles, take cooking lessons, and learn Asante traditions and Twi or Swahili. Ghanian roommates can help you navigate Accra's medley of beaches, incredible food, and lively markets. Beyond the city limits, visit a wildlife sanctuary and discover mountain peaks and waterfalls on hiking trips.
Where you'll study
The University of Ghana consistently ranks in the top 10 universities of Africa. Its variety of colleges can accommodate students from just about any UC major. On campus, you may find research projects and collaborations tackling some of the most pressing global problems of our time: malaria, climate change, food production, development, and poverty. Among its research centers, you can find medical research, tropical pharmacology, population studies, environmental studies, and economics. Located just 10 miles from Ghana’s capital Accra, the university is UCEAP’s most long-standing partnership in Africa. The campus features tree-lined gardens and distinctive buildings like the open-air theater built into the slope of Legon Hill.
My ideas about conservation, development, and saving the world have changed. I realize now that the most important wildlife conservation has to do with the people who rely on natural resources to live their lives. The biggest threat to biodiversity is poverty and the systems that drive environmental degradation.
Ghana made me appreciate my cultural and familial values much more and widened my understanding of where my home truly is. I learned so much more from Ghana than I ever expected.
My internship was the perfect fit because it aligned my academics as well as my career goals. I was able to apply what I was learning in class like how to avoid being gender biased in the activities and lessons I planned for my students. I have always wanted a future in education and this internship gave me more experience working with students and with lesson planning. It also broadened my career path by making working with nonprofit organizations an option for me.
Studying in Ghana was a dream come true. As an African American woman who had never been to Africa, it is hard to describe the feeling I got when I looked around and every face looked like mine. I felt at ease and welcomed. I felt for the first time in my life that I was home.