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ISEP Ghana

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Accra, Ghana




2.75 GPA and in good academic and disciplinary standing, sophomore standing or above

Application Due:

Exchange: 1/30 for fall, year 8/15 for spring
Direct: rolling through 10 days before deadline posted on ISEP webpage

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

ISEP University of Ghana

front gate

Welcome to Ghana! Located on the western coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, this former British colony is the first sub-Saharan African nation to achieve independence from colonial rule. Today it is one of the most peaceful and politically stable countries in Africa. Situated just a few degrees north of the Equator, Ghana’s tropical climate not only lends itself to growing cocoa, pineapples and coffee beans, but also as a warm destination for ISEP students desiring a truly unique experience living in a developing country.

Come study for a semester or year in Accra, Legon at the University of Ghana and leave your watch behind. You will undoubtedly feel welcome within the heart of this laid-back culture, known for its friendly people and relaxed attitude toward the concept of time.

About ISEP

The University of Iowa has been an institutional member of ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) since 1983. University of Iowa students therefore have access to the more than 200 programs in over 50 countries with other ISEP institutional members. These programs are incredibly immersive, affordable, and diverse. Many do not even require knowledge of a second language!

All ISEP program sites have an on-site ISEP coordinator with a comprehensive orientation program to help facilitate your full immersion into your host culture. You will participate in regular university classes – taught by local professors – with students from the host culture. You essentially be directly enrolled in the host institution and will also have complete access to all campus facilities as if you were a local student.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: You pay your normal UI tuition, fees, housing and meals to the University of Iowa. This will be placed on your U-Bill just like if you were staying at the University of Iowa. You then do not have to pay anything to your host university (except various class/lab fees that your courses might have). You just have to get your passport, plane ticket and spending money because when you arrive at your host university, you’ll have housing, meals, tuition and fees covered! Typically, all of your financial aid and scholarships apply to these programs too.

One important thing to note when looking for ISEP Exchange Programs is that you are never guaranteed placement. Some sites have more/less space than others. Be sure to check the “Chance of Placement” next to the program for your potential chance. You should always list more than one potential program that you would like to be placed at.

ISEP-Direct: These programs are based on a fee paying structure, but you are guaranteed placement – assuming you meet the eligibility requirements and are accepted by the host university. Many ISEP Direct programs include housing and meals in the cost, but make sure to check what is included. You can check their costs on ISEP's Direct Costs Website (some fees will even be cheaper than staying in Iowa!). Please remember that these costs usually include tuition, meals and housing. See the Estimated Costs of Attendance of the University of Iowa for comparison.

For More Information

Visit the ISEP webpage here. Under U.S. Students, check Sites Open for Application. Go to Ghana and click on the name of the university. Once you have done this, before proceeding any further, meet with the ISEP advisor in the UI Study Abroad office to discuss your interest and receive instructions for application.

UI Study Abroad Advisor

Amy Bowes
University Capitol Centre 1111
Phone: 319.335.0353

Study Abroad does not take same day appointments, please call 319.335.0353 to schedule.

The University of Ghana

University of Ghana

Founded in 1948 as an affiliate college of the University of London, the University of Ghana currently enrolls nearly 7,000 students. The language of instruction is English. The campus is located in the suburb of Legon, approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Accra. University Avenue extends from the main gate to Legon Hill, where Commonwealth Hall, convocation buildings, an open-air theatre, the Great Hall and a tower commemorating Ghana’s independence may be found. The campus also includes residence halls, a central cafeteria, library and sports fields.


Accra is a sprawling city of nearly 2 million. Originally a scattering of villages, Accra retains a village feel – high rises and government buildings are sprinkled here and there rather than confined to an urban center, and local markets are juxtaposed with city shops.


University of Ghana

In 1957 Ghana became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from colonial rule. While political turmoil marked its early years, the country returned to a constitutional democracy in 1992 and is today one of the most peaceful and politically stable countries in Africa.

Ghana’s 18 million people represent a large number of ethnic groups. At least 75 local languages are spoken. English serves as a lingua franca throughout the country. Ghanaians are renowned for the richness of their cultures, and for their hospitality.

Program Options

Please look under the “Academics” tab on the specific program’s ISEP website for further information on available academic programs for ISEP students. This information will be listed under the heading “Programs.” There then will be very important information following these programs in relation to language requirements, courses taught in English, and if there are any “Special Academic Conditions” that you will have to meet for specific programs.

Note that many ISEP programs do not require knowledge of a second language and there is typically a diverse selection of courses taught in English. Please see the specific program websites for details and contact your Study Abroad Advisor with any questions.


Please see the section titled “Program Dates” under the “Overview” tab in the individual program webpages for specific dates.


There will be two orientations offered by UCSC that cover useful topics such as: Milan, UCSC campus, academic programs, registration, extracurricular activities, and permit to stay procedures.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with ISEP and the host institution. Chances of placement for students seeking to go to Italy are generally good to excellent (meaning usually greater than a 75% chance of getting your desired placement) on ISEP Exchange but are never guaranteed.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

Please contact Study Abroad for a current cost sheet that outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program. The cost sheet will include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $395 ($495 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $395 ($495 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

Spring Semester: 8/15. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in May prior to the end of the semester, or during the summer.

Fall Semester and Academic Year: 1/30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in December prior to the end of the semester.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application. On the application page, you need to choose your desired session. Then choose the program "International Student Exchange Program" from the drop down menu. Do NOT choose "International Student Exchange Direct" even if that's what you want. Once confirmed from ISEP, Study Abroad will manually put you in the appropriate section.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out ISEP's application. BEFORE applying to ISEP, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Students will not be allowed to apply unless they are first nominated by the University of Iowa. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

A Country Handbook, found at Placed Students on the ISEP webpage, provides practical information for living in Ghana.

Once confirmed by the University of Ghana, you will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of your placement. You will also later receive a welcome mailing from Ghana with important academic and arrival information.

All UI students attend a general TIPS orientation for Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343