- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- College-level African studies courses are recommended, but not required
This program welcomes students from all academic disciplines to continue their studies while learning about Ghana, its people, and the predominant language, Twi. Popular areas of study include political science, public health, history, dance, and music.
Students join the University of Ghana (UG), the oldest and largest university in the country. UG welcomes more than 39,000 students and 1,000 faculty members. Programs include agriculture (featuring three research stations), consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, social sciences, business, nursing, public health, African studies, international relations, journalism and communication, population studies, statistical research, social research, and economic research.
Courses are taught by faculty members from the University of Ghana.
Academic Year: early August - late May
Fall: mid August - mid December
Spring: late January- late May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Legon’s citizens welcome other international students with open arms to their quiet suburban town, just northeast of the city center in the Accra Metropolis District. The sprawling University of Ghana  campus is ranked as the 7th best university in Africa. Students also enjoy access to a large shopping mall and several grocery stores, as well as restaurants and bars. Beyond campus, the equatorial region includes rainforests, wildlife parks, and pristine beaches to explore.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.