Location: Legon, Ghana, Africa

Program Type: UMSL Fee-Paying Study Abroad Program / Affiliate open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Fall Only

Approximate Dates Abroad: Early August - Mid December

Eligibility Requirements

Important Dates
Application Deadline: April 4, 2014

Subjects Available:  agricultural economics & agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agricultural extension, animal science, archaeology, biochemistry, botany, business, chemistry, classics,computer science, crop science, dance, economics, English, geography & resource development, geology, history, information studies, linguistics, mathematics, modern languages [Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, Swahili], music, nursing, nutrition & food science, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religions, sociology, social work, soil science, statistics, theater arts, zoology

Program Information:

The Program and the University
Ghana: Country & Culture
Program Housing
Credit and Registration
Estimated Costs
Visa/Residence Permit and Medical Insurance
Eligibility Requirements/Application Process/Deadline/Orientation
Links to Related Web Pages

The Missouri Africa Program is fall semester program at the University of Ghana, Legon. The program enables students to enroll in regular courses at the University of Ghana, which allows for the greatest level of cultural immersion. All classes are taught in English. To see what departments and courses are offered, visit the University of Ghana website. Students of most majors will find coursework in their discipline. Students in the past have especially enjoyed taking Ghana and Africa-related courses, such as dance, history, drumming, literature, politics, etc.

This program is administered by the Missouri Africa Program Consortium (MAP).
MAP-member universities include: Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Faculty Director:
A faculty member from a Missouri Africa Program Consortium university will accompany the group to serve as a resource and support. The faculty director for Fall 2014 will be Dr. Jackie Lewis-Harris from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

dinnerThe University:
The University of Ghana is located in Legon, about 8 miles northeast of the capital, Accra. The University of Ghana was established in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, an affiliate college of the University of London. Following independence in 1957, the university was organized as the University of Ghana and, in 1961, began to award its own degrees. The university's lecturers and distinguished alumni have earned it national and international recognition. It has seven faculties and a student population of about 30,000.


Ghana--Country & Culture:
Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea along the west coast of Africa. It borders Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The climate is tropical and varies from a warm dry coastal belt in the southeast and a hot humid southwest corner to a hot dry northern savannah. The southern part of the country, where the University of Ghana is located, has four seasons, two wet seasons (May - June and September - November) as well as two dry seasons (July - August and December - April). In the capital city of Accra, average temperatures range from 72 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit year round. The official language is English, although many other indigenous languages are spoken.



Ghana gained its independence from British colonial rule on March 6, 1957. Prior to this time it was called the "Gold Coast," named by the Portuguese in the fifteenth century due to its wealth in gold and natural resources. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to discover Ghana in 1471. From that point until its independence, Denmark, England, Holland, Prussia and Sweden all sent explorers and merchants to Ghana for its wealth in both natural and human resources. During their battles for control over the land, these countries built forts and castles, which also served as trading posts. As evidence of the extent of European colonial presence and concentration of activity in Ghana, 29 of the 32 European colonial forts and castles along the coast of West Africa are in Ghana.

In 1992, after 11 years of military rule, the Provisional National Defense Council handed over administration of the country to an elected government with constitutional rule and a multi-party parliamentary system. The current system of government is a Unitary Multiparty Republic. On January 7, 1993 the Fourth Republic of Ghana was inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as the elected president.

You can learn more about Ghana through the list of related web sites at the bottom of this page.


Students are housed in double rooms in the international student residence hall. Roommates may be other international or American students. There is no meal plan. Meals are purchased in the campus cafeteria or prepared in the residence kitchen. 


Students will enroll full-time during their semester in Ghana, and will return with 12-15 credit hours of transfer credit from the University of Ghana.

Course schedules are not available until students arrive in August. You can view the course bulletin to see what classes might be available during your semester at the University of Ghana. In general, odd-numbered classes are offered during the fall semester. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee availablility of a particular course in advance. Students should be flexible in the credits they need to obtain while on this program. 

Course bulletins:
Faculty of Agriculture (agricultural economics & agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agricultural extension, animal science, crop science, soil science)
Faculty of Arts (classics, dance, English, linguistics, modern languages [Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, Swahili], music, philosophy, religions, theater arts)
Faculty of Science (biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, nursing, nutrition & food science, physics, psychology, statistics, zoology)
Faculty of Social Science (archaeology, computer science, economics, geography & resource development, history, information studies, nursing, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, statistics)
Business School
(note: these courses cannot be combined with other departments; you must take all your courses at the Business School)

Students will go through the process of registering on-campus when they arrive in Ghana. This can be a lengthy process and students should be flexible and somewhat adaptable to the foreign system of registration. They will be directly enrolled at the University of Ghana and pay University of Ghana tuition and fees as part of their overall program fee. Students should check with their home campus to determine if there are any home campus registration and billing policies they need to follow or remain enrolled in while they are away.


Estimated Costs for Fall 2014 Semester: (costs are estimates only and are subject to change)

Estimated Costs: Missouri Africa Program
Program Fee1 $6,250
Meals, Books, Supplies, Local Transportation $1,500
Immunizations2 $500
Personal & Travel expenses3 $1,500
Multiple-entry Visa & Shipping fees4 $120
On-site Visa Extension & Housing Key Deposit5




1 Included in Program Fee: University of Ghana undergraduate tuition and registration fees, international airfare, housing, a tour of Accra and excursion to Cape Coast, and international health/accident insurance
2 Immunizations are the student's responsibility. Please check with your health care provider for necessary immunizations, costs, and coverage by your own insurance.
3 This is an estimate and can vary widely from student to student depending on individual spending habits, amount of extra travel, the exchange rate, and the inflation rate.
4 Please see Visa/Residence Permit section below for more details. Approximate cost of the Multiple Entry Visa is $100 at time of application. Students will need to send their application via a mailing tracking system estimated at $20. They must include a pre-paid tracking envelope for their visa/passport to be returned to them. This is approximately $20. 
5 Once in Ghana, students will need to apply for a visa extension. The on-site coordinator can assist with this. Students are also required to pay a small deposit for their housing key.

** $250 additional fee for students from non-MAP universities is due with application. Contact the program coordinator at UMSL for more information.

NOTE: The group flight usually departs from St. Louis. Students are responsible for their individual travel to get to this city.

Students from MAP-member universities (UMSL, Truman State University, and the University of Central Missouri) pay the program fee directly to their home university. Final payment of the fees will be due approximately two months prior to departure.

Students from Non-MAP universities will pay the program fee directly to UMSL and will have a separate billing schedule provided by the UMSL Coordinator. The payment of fees will be due mid-May.

Immunizations are the responsibility of each student and should be completed approximately one month prior to departure.

Visa/Residence Permit:

All participants are responsible for obtaining their own visa for study in Ghana. The process is not complicated and students should refer to the Ghana Embassy's website for current application forms, costs, and instructions. If further direction is needed, please contact the Ghana Embassy for clarification. Students are advised to apply early (approximately 2 months or more before departure) so they have received back their visa at least 1 month prior to departure. You will be asked to submit your passport, so be sure to have your passport prior to applying for a visa!
*Please Note: More information will be given on the Ghana Information for Accepted Students website


Medical Insurance:
Students receive basic medical care on campus at the University. Students will also have coverage through HTH Worldwide Insurance. This international sickness and accident insurance is part of the program fee. Students are also strongly encouraged to purchase the International Student Identity Card, which provides supplemental coverage.


Eligibility Requirements:
Students will be evaluated based on academic record, essay, and faculty recommendations. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required, as well as junior standing or the equivalent (sophomores may be admitted in special circumstances and with the support of their home university).
How to Apply:

Students from MAP-Member Universities (UMSL, Truman State University, and the University of Central Missouri): Contact the study abroad office on your home campus for the complete application process and information. All students should complete the Missouri Africa Program Application form and three copies of the UGL Application form. Please also submit your official transcript, a copy of your passport (if you have one), and two passport-sized photos.

Students from Other Universities (Non-MAP universities):

First, obtain approval from their home university study abroad office and then be nominated by their coordinator to participate in study abroad. Then, the student should complete the Missouri Africa Program Application form and three copies of the UGL Application form. Please also submit your official transcript, a copy of your passport (if you have one) and two passport-sized photos. Send everything to the MAP-Coordinator at UMSL by April 4, 2014. As a non-MAP member, you will also need to submit a check or money order made out to 'UMSL' for $250.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Coordinator must receive all completed applications by April 4, 2014 for consideration for Fall 2014.

Pre-Departure Orientation
There will be a mandatory Ghana Pre-Departure Online Orientation that students complete on their own time and a Ghana Handbook that students must read prior to departure. Click here for orientation.
*Your home university may have an additional General Study Abroad Orientation you may also be required to attend.

On-Site Orientation

There is a one week mandatory orientation held in Ghana prior to the start of the semester. This session will cover safety in Ghana, registration procedures, Ghanaian cultural etiquette, campus and city tours, and subsequent visits to Cape Coast and Elimina.

Related Web-Sites:
To learn more about Ghana and prepare for your semester abroad, check out these other sites:
University of Ghana
Embassy of Ghana
The U.S. Embassy in Ghana
Ghana Home Page
U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet for Ghana
Center for Disease Control Health Information Page for Travelers to Ghana
Lonely Planet
Dear Ghana
For more information, please contact:

Nate Daugherty
Study Abroad Coordinator
International Studies and Programs
261 Millennium Student Center
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499
Email: daughertyn@umsl.edu
Phone: 314-516-6497

Last modified April 2014