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External: CIEE - International Business and Culture in Legon, Ghana
Legon, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
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Accommodation: Dormitory, Homestay GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Language Requirement: None
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Program Overview

Get to know West Africa and learn more about global and local business practices on CIEE’s International Business and Culture program in Legon. In this home to some of the friendliest people in the region, you’ll witness firsthand business, development, and entrepreneurship in Africa during community engagement and service projects, an internship, and more. You’ll build ethical leadership and business skills during courses at Ashesi University, an innovative private African university founded by a former Microsoft executive and Berkeley Hass School of Business graduate. Plus, you’ll explore the area’s rich traditions and culture during excursions to tropical waterfalls, historic slave-trade routes, beautiful lakes, and local businesses and social enterprises.

Study abroad in Legon and you’ll:

  • Develop basic communication skills in Twi, the most widely spoken indigenous language of Ghana
  • Immerse yourself in Ghana’s rich cultural history through visits to inspiring landmarks, such as Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Aburi Botanical Gardens
  • Choose from a range of liberal arts and business courses
  • Enjoy a vibrant campus life with students from 22 diverse nations, including 14 different African countries
  • Get to know some of the friendliest people in Africa during cultural activities including attending live music and theater performances

The CIEE Difference

Students take part in numerous excursions to sites throughout Ghana. Tour the Aburi Botanical Gardens. Explore sites of significance to the history of slavery such as the slave castles in Cape Coast and Elmina and the Assin Manso Slave River. Visit the Ashanti region to experience the culture and traditions of the Ghanaian peoples through the chieftaincy institutions, systems of inheritance, and the role of women in the making and unmaking of chiefs. Visit a beach town where Europeans first settled in West Africa, explore the final home of Pan-African civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois, and tour the nation’s capital. You’ll also visit the birthplace of Kente cloth, and get a firsthand look at how rural enterprises shape the Ghanaian society and economy.

CIEE groups engage in projects that help Berekuso and the nation’s capital, Accra. In the past, students have interned at organizations like Mail Finance to provide low-income petty traders with basic financial literacy; the Institute for Economic Affairs to take part in research and advocacy; and local financial and accounting companies to help conduct audits of small and medium-scale enterprises. Students have also had the chance to volunteer at Hope Community, a facility for kids living on the streets, and Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center, which helps underprivileged children who are not in school.


  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • GPA of 3.0 in major field of study
  • Junior standing and above at the time of participation in the program
  • Coursework with African content recommended

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours and for the academic year is 30–36 semester/ 45–54 quarter hours. Ashesi University courses include 42 contact hours for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Students are required to take Twi Language and complete their program of studies by direct enrolling in courses offered by Ashesi University.

Program Requirements

Students may take Twi Language for Beginners and four to five other courses per semester at Ashesi University.

About The City 
Berekuso is a rural university town about an hour from Accra, the capital of Ghana, and 40 minutes from Legon, where the CIEE Study Center is located. The Ashesi University campus, completed in 2009, features a new library, student housing, arboretum, plaza, academic courtyard, outdoor amphitheater, and computer labs. The thoughtful environmental design and landscaping on campus make it one of Africa’s most beautiful. Students attend campus and sporting events, lectures, musical and theater performances, and more. University officials find that even students who live in Accra come to campus on weekends for its vibrant student life.

Meet The Staff

Where You'll Study

Ashesi University College is a private liberal arts college beautifully situated in the rural community of Berekuso, an hour's drive from Ghana's capital, Accra. The campus’s interconnected courtyards create a natural and peaceful environment for learning, community building, and recreation. The university’s founder and president, Patrick G. Awuah, Jr. is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Berkeley Haas School of Business. The university, which began with 30 students in in 2002, has grown to enroll more than 600 students from more than 20 countries. The name, “Ashesi,” means “beginning.” The mission of the college is “to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform a continent.”

Housing & Meals

Students share double rooms in Ashesi University residence halls on the new Berekuso campus. Residence halls have shared restrooms and kitchenettes. Students typically purchase a meal plan and eat meals in the campus cafeteria. There is a student lounge with a café that serves drinks, snacks, and simple meals. The campus also offers a small convenience store.


You'll begin your study abroad experience before you leave home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The resident director meets students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni say are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for this orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals. Once in Ghana, you'll take part in a weeklong mandatory orientation during which you’ll be introduced to the country, culture, academic program, and practical information about living in Ghana.


Wireless Internet connections are available on campus. However, Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the United States and may require additional fees.


Opportunities are available to join music, theater, and art groups; participate in athletics; and attend lectures, discussions, and receptions. Sports such as soccer, running, swimming, field hockey, and tennis are popular with Ghanaian students. Basketball and baseball are gaining popularity as well.


Ashesi University has adopted an honor code, intended to build a community of trust and to put students in charge of their ethics and the reputation of their alma mater. By so doing, they take a significant step in Ashesi’s mission to educate a new generation of ethical leaders.


Small interactive classes that incorporate different pedagogical approaches.


Grades are assigned based on midterm and final exams and, depending on the course, additional assignments, such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation also are incorporated into the final grade for courses. Attendance is mandatory; unexcused absences result in an academic penalty.


English, Twi


All courses are taught by faculty members from Ashesi University.

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