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CIS Abroad: Semester in Ghana (Third Party)

The Program

Semester in Ghana is housed at the University of Cape Coast. It’s one of the top universities in all of West Africa and the premier university in Ghana. Originally established as a teaching college in 1962, the university was given mandate “to serve the needs of the whole country” and “to play a unique role in national development by identifying national needs and addressing them.” Today, the university continues to fulfil this mission while also adapting to the needs of modern Ghana.

The university has just over 4,000 students creating an intimate yet exciting environment for you to enjoy your Semester in Ghana. The beautiful campus is on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It includes academic faculties, schools, institutions, and centers, all focused on supporting and advancing specific areas of economic and social activity through learning, teaching, research, and consultancy. The University Library has a wide variety of resources available to students on campus. They also have an extensive catalog of courses to choose from that is sure to fit your academic needs.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits per semester upon completion of this program. Students who study at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) will not be able register for classes until they arrive in country. Courses offered at UCC often will change or be cancelled at the last minute. This program is best for students who need to fulfill electives and is not recommended for students who need to fulfill requirements for their major or concentration.

You can see a typical course selection here. International students can take any class that does not have prerequisites. Please keep in mind that there are no class meeting times listed and that some courses may not be held both semesters.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
HIST 3993 Foreign Study AFS301k Slave Trade and Colonialism 3 6/30/2021
SOCI 3621 Foreign Study SOC 403 Gender and Sexuality 3 6/30/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study AFS 309 History of West Africa 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

As a CIS Abroad student studying in Ghana, you will be living in one of the international student residence halls located on the University of Cape Coast campus. The University campus is a healthy and safe place to live and is patrolled by security officers both during the day and at night. Meal plans are not offered. There are cheap shops and places to eat(called “chop bars”), where you can purchase food and other items that you may need, near campus and the dorms. Students will typically be placed in a double room where you will live with a roommate and use a communal bathroom and kitchen.

Throughout the semester, CIS Abroad plans excursions and cultural activities that allow you to see the country and better understand local customs. This is very important to ensure that you are getting the most culture out of your experience as possible. Typical destinations include Accra, the capital of the country; a regional village, where you will see traditional living and governance; Kumasi, with a stop at the Manhyia Palace, residence of the Ashanti King; the Assin Manso Slave Market; and more.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts, Business, Economics, Human Rights, Humanities
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5