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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts
Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:

Study in Ghana!


The USAC office and classes are located on the campus of the University of Ghana at Legon. With more than 28,000 students and 650 faculty members, the University of Ghana is considered one of the best universities in Africa. It was founded in 1948 and is now the oldest and largest of the five government-run universities in the country. It is located on a beautiful, extended American-style campus on Legon Hill (one of the many small suburbs in Accra), about eight miles northeast of the city center and sprawling over 50 acres.


Built around a hub port on the Gulf of Guinea, Accra is Ghana's capital and largest city. This economic, political, and social center is rich with history and culture. You can visit open-air markets, remarkable museums, memorials, stunning beaches, delicious restaurants, dance clubs, diverse religious institutions, important government buildings, and culturally rich village communities. With opportunities to attend activities both on campus and in the city, you will find yourself deeply immersed in Ghanaian culture.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Mid August to Mid December
  • Spring Semester: Late January to Late May
  • Summer Semester: Late May to Mid July and Mid July to Early August
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Accra webpage.


The University of Ghana believes in community living as an essential part of student life, and primarily houses students on-campus in Residence Halls. USAC students reside in the International Hostel in double rooms. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee. A few Ghanaian students are selected to live there with you, which offers a great way for you to get to know locals. There is 24-hour security.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1USAC Tuition See USAC
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Summer
Housing See USAC Included
Housing Deposit $250 $250
Airfare $1500 - $1800  $1500 - $1800
Meals $400 - $800 $180 - $250
1Personal Expenses $400 - $800 $100 - $200
Books and Materials $20 - $60 $20 - $45
Local Transportation $80 - $120 $20 - $30
Visa (for US Citizens) $140 $140
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies NA
3Personal Travel and Spending $500 - $1000 $50 - $100
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel & spending, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Students will enroll in 12-18 credits per semester comprised of courses taught specifically for USAC students and courses selected from an array of offerings at the University of Ghana. All students will enroll in Twi Conversation and Culture I which increase your understanding of the Ghanaian culture and equip you with language and cross-cultural skills that will be of assistance in your day-to-day life abroad. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. 

Students will enroll in 3-6 credits in session I and 3-4 credits in session II. Course offerings normally focus on the region and span disciplines such as literature, politics, and sociology.  Students also have the option of enrolling in a service learning course.

For more information about course options please visit the USAC Accra webpage.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Accra program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 04/15/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.