CIEE-Legon: University of Ghana

Program Details

Program Location Legon, Ghana
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31010
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 09/17/24 to 12/21/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/24/24 to 05/09/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Legon: University of Ghana

Immerse yourself in Ghanaian life by enrolling in courses with local and international students at CIEE’s partner school, University of Ghana – ranked 7th best university in Africa. Students can take a full course load at University of Ghana or combine courses with CIEE electives, including options for internships. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

CIEE Ghana is designed for students interested in the political and economic challenges of sub-Saharan Africa as well as West African cultural practices. It offers opportunities for students interested in public health, development, African history and culture to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social life of Ghana.

The CIEE study center is located in Legon, approximately ten miles outside Accra, which is the capital of Ghana. Because of their close proximity to Accra, participants have access to the advantages of a large urban metropolis while living in a relatively underdeveloped environment. The residents of Ghana are noticeably friendly, which allows students to learn about the complexities of the nations on the African continent.

Round out your program with opportunities to do an internship, community service or volunteering. 

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Legon: University of Ghana

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Previous college-level coursework in African studies recommended.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PUBH, & PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students earn 15-18 credits through coursework at the CIEE center and The University of Ghana. The university follows a British model, which is less structured and requires students to take more responsibility and initiative. Professors expect students to spend significant time studying outside of class. Attendance is mandatory, and there are mandatory tutorials by Teaching Assistants.

For more information on available courses, see the CIEE website.


The program includes various cultural activities and excursions. Listed below are examples of previous activities, which are subject to change.
  • Travel to Cape Coast and Elmina to see slave castles and the starting point of the transatlantic journey.
  • Visit the Ashanti region to explore the traditional chieftaincy institution, history, and culture as well as the role women play in the making and unmaking of chiefs among the Ashanti people.
  • Experience regional highlights like Aburi Botanical Gardens, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Boti Falls, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Lake Volta, Tafi-Atome monkey sanctuary, and the W.E.B. Dubois Center.
  • Get involved on campus by joining a music, theater, or art group, or meeting up with Ghanaian students for soccer, running, swimming, field hockey, or tennis. Basketball and baseball are also getting popular.
  • Take advantage of campus lectures, discussions, and receptions.


CIEE students have two housing options: homestay with a Ghanaian family or a room in an on-campus dormitory.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Housing costs listed below are for students choosing the dormitory option.  See program website for fees associated with other options.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,406.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,250.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,550.00
Local Transportation $700.00
Visa $240.00
Books and Supplies $150.00
Meals $1,360.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $740.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CIEE-Legon: University of Ghana

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email