LEGON: CIEE – University of Ghana

Legon, Ghana

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  • Fall Semester - Early August - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Late May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

This program allows students to fully immerse themselves in the Ghanaian culture. Students live and study with other university students. Courses are taught in English and include a wide array of disciplines from which to choose. Several field trips to local villages are offered. This program requires students to be able to adapt to the challenges of living in a developing country.


  • Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.
  • Students are required to take a course in Ghanaian language (Twi), a course in Ghanaian African studies, and three electives. Students may choose their free elective from the University of Ghana's entire course catalog. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

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Host University

Sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), this programs allows students to immerse themselves in the fascinating culture of Ghana. The University of Ghana has an enrollment of about 6,000 students. Its large, park-like campus is nine miles from downtown Accra. A major cultural attraction of the country is the University of Ghana's National Performing Arts Theater, which is part of the School of Performing Arts, where people listen to traditional music and watch dances that are part of Ghana's history and culture.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Personal statement
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Official Transcript
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students live in on-campus housing with other University students. Meals are not included, but, there are reasonably priced University cafeterias.


Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a sprawling city of one million, resulting in the merging of many small towns. One of these, Legon, is the site of the University of Ghana. Ghana was the first African colony to gain independence from the British in 1957. Two-thirds of Ghana's population lives in small, rural agricultural villages. English is the official language, but five other languages have official status in different regions. In addition to a profusion of outdoor markets and street vendors, there are beach resorts, dance clubs, restaurants, and cultural venues located throughout the city.