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  • Locations: Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Advisor:
Carol Lebold
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
African Studies, Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Biology, Criminal Justice, Culture, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, Environmental Sciences, History, International Relations, Management, Marketing, Music, Natural Resource Studies, Resource Economics, Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Theater, Women's Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Host Institution:
University of Cape Coast
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Provider:
CIS
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment, Study Abroad, Volunteer Component
Housing:
Residence Hall, See Program Description
In Classes With:
Host Country & International Students
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Sem Sophomore
Application Includes:
CIS application, UMass application
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Classification of Credits Available:
Full-time
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Semester in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, Ghana, a beautiful city on the beach. The city is well known for elaborate festivals, bustling markets, and historic castles. You will take classes at the respected University of Cape Coast in addition to exploring the incredible natural landscape all around you. You will experience:
  • Diverse, country-specific courses taught in English – Study music, chemistry, history, languages, economics, tourism, and more while also learning about your surroundings with Ghana-focused coursework.
     
  • True cultural immersion – While there are other international students at the University, you’ll be in class with local Ghanaians and will truly learn about their culture when you study abroad in Ghana.
     
  • Fascinating history – As a center of the slave trade for generations, Cape Coast hosted many European colonial powers and there is a meaningful link between it and the United States. You’ll discover many relics from that era.
     
  • Melting pot of cultures – Home to over 100 ethnic groups and nearly 50 ethnic languages, modern Ghana is a tapestry of cultures.Beautiful city right on the coast – Cape Coast is a small, stunning city of palm-lined beaches and lovely ocean views—from the city, from the University, and from your accommodations. Go study for finals on the beach!
     
  • Study in Africa's most prosperous, stable nation – While still developing, Ghana is well-known throughout the world as the first independent sub-Saharan nation and has a strong record of democracy, stability, and increasing socioeconomic standards.
Academics:
Students who study at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) will not be able register for classes until the 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.

Student Life:
As a CIS study abroad student, you’ll get outstanding support. We’re with you every step of the way with academic advising, personal help, and cultural counseling. We’ll make sure you hit the ground running and don’t miss a thing. It can be difficult (and very exciting) jumping into a new culture, but rest assured we will help to make the process as smooth as possible for you. When you arrive in Ghana, an extensive orientation program will introduce you to life in Ghana and at your new University. You will receive the official list of courses from which you will choose for the semester, and you will be registering for these classes within your first few days in Ghana. You will also have many opportunities to meet other international students, take an extensive tour the campus, and get a general feel for your new home in Cape Coast.


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Program Overview

Cape Coast is a small, stunning city of palm-lined beaches and lovely ocean views—from the city, from the University, and from your accommodations. Go study for finals on the beach! Africa’s most prosperous, stable nation – While still developing, Ghana is well-known throughout the world as the first independent sub-Saharan nation and has a strong record of democracy, stability, and increasing  socioeconomic standards.

As a center of the slave trade for generations, Cape Coast hosted many European colonial powers and there is a meaningful link between it and the United States. You’ll discover many relics from that era.

Home to over 100 ethnic groups and nearly 50 ethnic languages, modern Ghana is a tapestry of cultures.

Location

Semester in Ghana is based in Cape Coast, Ghana, a beautiful city on the beach. The city is well known for elaborate festivals, bustling markets, and historic castles. You will take classes at the respected University of Cape Coast in addition to exploring the incredible natural landscape all around you.

Academics

Diverse, country-specific courses taught in English – Study music, chemistry, history, languages, economics, tourism, and more while also learning about your surroundings with Ghana-focused coursework.

Living Arrangements

While there are other international students at the University, you’ll be in class with local Ghanaians and will truly learn about their culture.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Varies 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.