About the University of Ghana
The University of Ghana was established in 1948 as an affiliate college of the University of London. Following independence in 1957, the university's outstanding lecturers and distinguished alumni have earned it considerable national and international prestige. Due to its excellent reputation, the university has a history of attracting foreign students, particularly students from the United States. The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of Ghana's five universities.
Visit their website at: http://www.ug.edu.gh
Ghana is a small, tropical country peopled with a well-educated citizenry who are open and welcoming to Europeans and Americans. It is a democratic republic with a stable, developing economy. Ghana is a beautiful place that boasts rain forests, wildfire parks, and pristine beaches. Its rich cultural history and strong artisan heritage inspire the colorful crafts found in many Ghanian marketplaces.
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a bustling, rapidly growing city of almost two million people and is approximately eight miles from the University of Ghana. Accra has a lively nightlife, affordable restaurants, and a decidedly "non-touristy" atmosphere that makes it a real resource for the participants of this program.
Visit the city's website at: http://www.ghanaweb.com
The Brockport Program at the University of Ghana offers you the opportunity to:
- Live and study in the city of Accra at a prestigious university,
- Receive instruction in small classes, seminars, and tutorials from members of the University of Ghana faculty,
- Choose the coursework you want from an almost limitless variety of disciplines,
- Improve your writing and research skills.
Your experience at the University of Ghana will:
- Integrate you into Ghanaian society and the Ghanaian educational system,
- Make you a better student,
- Expand your outlook on the world,
- Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
- Greatly enhance your career prospects.
At the University of Ghana you will:
- Live with Ghanaian students in one of the university's halls of residence.
- Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation to study in Ghana that will maximize the benefits of your semester/year of study.
- Benefit from a program of field trips and social events, organized specifically for Brockport program participants by our Resident Director in Ghana.
- Enjoy the security of a complete package of academic and non-academic support services provided by the International Office at the University of Ghana.
Housing & Orientation
Participants in Brockport's program at the University of Ghana are normally housed in the new and comfortable co-ed International Students' Hostel. These on-campus accommodations facilitate the integration of participants in this program with faculty and students and within the academic and social life of the University of Ghana during the course of their participation. There are five other halls of residence (one housing men only, one housing women only and three co-ed residence halls). Participants in Brockport's Program at the University of Ghana are housed in double rooms. Each of the University's halls of residence has its own dining facilities. The cost of housing (but not meals) is included in the basic "Program Fee."
A one-week orientation program is a compulsory part of each semester's program, and is mandatory for participants in the Brockport University of Ghana Program. Students are expected to arrive in Accra in time to begin their studies with this introductory course. The orientation course includes field trips and excursions and continues during the semester with a schedule of organized activities.
Fees for Brockport's Ghana: University of Ghana Program
Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Spring 2016):
- TUITION (at Brockport and at the University of Ghana)
- HOUSING (in University-owned residence halls)
- Program acceptance fee
- Pre-departure orientation materials
- On-site orientation upon arrival at Ghana University
- Presence of our Ghana-based Resident Director
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
- SUNY International Health Insurance*
- Various campus-specific fees** (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Airfare to and from Ghana
- Transportation while in Ghana
- Personal Expenses
As a very rough guide, a participant in the Brockport Ghana Program will need around $300 to $400 per month to pay for daily local travel, textbooks and other school supplies, entertainment, meals and other necessities.
- This estimate does not include the purchase of clothing; travel in Ghana outside of the excursions/field trips organized by the program.
- The group flight will cost participants around $1,200 (depending on departure/return dates, the point of origin of any connecting flights in the US, etc.).
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
*The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
For a list of courses, click the following link to the list of Faculties and Departments at the University of Ghana: http://www.ug.edu.gh/index1.php?linkid=1177&sublinkid=775
University of Ghana Course Handbook: UnivofGhanaStudentHandbook.pdf
A typical academic program will consist of fifteen credit hours of course work (earned typically in five three-credit hour courses, but other combinations are possible). All credits earned in the Brockport University of Ghana Program will be counted towards SUNY undergraduate degree requirements for graduation. Non-SUNY students and students who wish to use these credits for their academic major and/or minor should consult with their home campus academic departments prior to participation. Letter grades for the courses taken will be transmitted to the participants' home campus registrars via the Brockport transcript supplement at the conclusion of the semester.
Each participant in the Brockport University of Ghana Program will select an individual program of study from the more than 350 courses available to overseas students. Typically, this will be done prior to departure through the Office of International Education at Brockport (in consultation with the student's home department and the Office of International Student Services at University of Ghana).
Participants in the Brockport University of Ghana Program are examined in the same manner (and to the same standard) as their Ghanaian counterparts and classmates. The majority of courses in which they will enroll are examined formally at the end of the semester and in order to be awarded credit participants must take and pass the examination at the end of the study period in question.
All Visiting Students should take NOTE of the following:
- You are expected to satisfy the requirements of your institutions, however do not exceed the University of Ghana's maximum of 21 credit hours per semester.
- Students should contact their home institution to obtain prior approval for courses to be taken in the University of Ghana.
- With the exception of practical and ancillary courses, all courses must be selected at one particular level (e.g. all Level 300 or all Level 400). This is to forestall any clashes in the examination time-table.
- You may take a course(s) from the School of Performing Arts and Institute of African Studies.
- You would not be able to pick courses from the graduate school.
- Students who wish to exceed the maximum number of credit hours are required to seek prior approval from either the Dean of Arts, Social Studies or Science.
- Students may add or drop courses until the deadline indicated in the academic calendar.
- Students under institutional programs (ISEP, NCSU, UCEAP SUNY etc.) may return their course registration forms to their program coordinators. Individual students (not under institutional programmes) should return their forms to the International Programs Office.
- There is only one final examination to grade students. However, some lecturers may give assignments or projects to students which would be added to their scores from the final examination.
- Transcripts are issued to students within four weeks after examinations.
- Students who have not fully satisfied financial requirements would not be issued a transcript.
Coding and Numbering Of Courses:
- All degree programes have alphanumerical codes beginning; the first 4 letters stand for a department or subject, followed by a 3 digit number in one of the following ranges.
- Level 100 (First year) courses: 100-199
- Level 200 (Second year) courses: 200-299
- Level 300 (Third year) courses: 300-399
- Level 400 (Fourth year) courses: 400-499
- The third digit in the number code is:
- Zero (0) for a course that is offered over both semesters (Aug to May/June)*
- Odd (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) for a course offered in the first semester ( Aug-Dec)*
- Even (2, 4, 6 or 8) for a course offered in the second semester (Jan-May/June)*
View a list of the possible academic subjects offered by the University of Ghana as well as all of Brockport's university programs in Africa, here: Academic Subjects- Programs in Africa and Asia.pdf
The link to the student handbooks for Humanities and Sciences is on this page:
"I chose to study abroad in Ghana because of how unique the program is. The Ghana program allowed me to have an academic experience at University of Accra and to explore the country. I was able to go to all the way up to kumasi, travel to the Coast where I learned the historic stories of slaves, walk along the tree tops on a canopy walk, and learn firsthand about the unique cultures in Ghana."
-Tanya Schimek '14
"I chose the Ghana program because Africa is the birth place of mankind and I wanted to see where some of my culture and heritage originated from."
-Dre Johnson '14
"I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do three study abroad programs on three different continents. Each program without a doubt was an amazing experience. However, I must say that Ghana has to be my favorite place by far. The people there were absolutely amazing, and the way the program was structured could not have been any better. The program turned my life around. It's definitely an eye-opening program, and I would have done it again if I had the time to do so!"
Fall 2015 (Est.): Start: 8/9/15 End: 12/10/15
Spring 2016 (Est.): Start: 1/29/16 End: 5/28/16
Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor.