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Accra, Ghana (USAC) Academics

Eligibility

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. 

Courses

Summer Students:
Students can enroll in either Summer Session I (5 weeks), Summer Session II (3 weeks) or both I & II (8 weeks). Students will enroll in 3-6 credits in session I and 3-4 credits in session II. All courses will be taught by local faculty hired by USAC. Course availability is subject to student interest and enrollment. To see what courses are offered and when, visit USAC's website and click on the appropriate term. Students planning to use summer financial aid need to be enrolled in at least 6 credits. During the summer, there isn't an opportunity to enroll directly in courses at the University of Ghana. To see how the summer courses come back to UWEC, click on this button: Ghana Equivalencies Summer 2019.pdf

Semester/Year Long Students:
You must take a minimum of 12 credits and are allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits. Students take a combination of USAC and University of Ghana courses. It is recommended that you take 12-15 credits in order to fully experience the local area's culture and people. All students are required to take the designated required course of Twi Conversation and Culture. Most University of Ghana courses are equivalent to 3 US credits.   
USAC Courses
USAC offers a limited amount of courses. You must take the required USAC class of Twi Conversation and Culture. For full course descriptions and to see what USAC is offering, please visit the USAC page and select the term you wish to apply for: http://usac.unr.edu/study-abroad-programs/ghana/accra/courses.
 
University of Ghana Courses
The University of Ghana-Legon is a comprehensive university; you can choose from classes across the university as long as you meet the pre-requisites. If you want to take University of Ghana courses, you MUST BE VERY FLEXIBLE in your course options. You can find course descriptions by viewing the various departments offered at the university:
https://www.ug.edu.gh/departments to find course information, select the department you are interested in. You will then be taken to a new site, where you should look for keywords/drop downs, such as "undergraduate courses."

In addition, you can also review the handbooks for each college. Within these handbooks, they do provide more details on courses offered but are often outdated. These handbooks should only be used as references as courses for your term may vary.  Common subjects you will find within each handbook:
  • College of Health Sciences
    • Health Sciences
    • Public Health
  • College of Basic & Applied Sciences
    • Math
    • Biological Sciences
    • Engineering Sciences
    • Environment Studies
    • Science & Techology
  • College of Humanities
    • Business
    • Arts/Performing Arts
    • Social Sciences
    • Regional Studies/Migration Studies
Things to Note: 
  • Odd-numbered courses are typically offered in the fall semester and even-numbered courses are typically offered in the spring semester. Courses ending with 00 are offered during both semesters.
  • Students should be prepared to be somewhat flexible with regard to course selection since course offerings have been know to change with little prior notice.
  • You will need to meet any pre-requisites a course may have. You are not allowed to take post-graduate courses.
Internships (semester only)
Unpaid internships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements and if USAC is able to find them a placement. Students need to have a 3.0 GPA and pay a $200 refundable internship deposit. USAC will provide students with more information on how to apply for an internship and the process they will go through to obtain one. USAC tries to place students where they have the most interest. Past placements have been in elementary schools, social service or not-for profit organizations.  

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here
  • Choose Ghana, then click "Search"
  • Click on Univ of Ghana
  • Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For semester students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at regrec53@uwec.edu after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

For summer students in catalog years through 2015-16, three credits of Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful completion of the service learning course. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at regrec53@uwec.edu after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

You may study in Ghana for either semester or the full academic year. Fall semester runs from early August to mid-December; spring from mid-January to late May. Summer session I is 5 weeks, summer session II is 3 weeks and if participating in both sessions, it is 8 weeks. A detailed calendar can be found on the USAC website. Please note that dates are not finalized until the group flight has been determined, which occurs the semester prior to departure.