Ghana: University of Cape Coast

A GVSU Partnership Program

  • Ghana: University of Cape Coast Photo
  • Ghana: University of Cape Coast Photo
  • Ghana: University of Cape Coast Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) was established in 1962 primarily to serve as a leader in teacher education in Ghana.  Since its inception as a teacher-training university, UCC has diversified into many other disciplines and is considered one of the leading universities in Ghana. This program offers students a full immersion into Ghanaian culture and higher education. Students will have classes and live with their Ghanaian counterparts.

Home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Cape Coast, Ghana is steeped in tradition and history. Two of the most historical sites in Ghana, Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle, are located just a short distance from the university. Students will be a short distance from Cape Coast town where they will have access to local markets and shops. Located across the street from the Gulf of Guinea, students will have access to beautiful beaches and breath-taking views of the ocean.

Students interested in volunteer opportunities to enhance their experience and connect with the nearby community will find many options available. Past participants have volunteered in local schools, health clinics, and nearby villages on various projects. The Center for International Education will help you find a placement to suit your interests. 

Past participants have shared their experiences about this program.

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**Students interested in the University of Cape Coast SUMMER PROGRAM should see details directly on the Ghana UCC:

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When can I go?

Fall 2018:                                    August - December 

Academic Year 2018-19:           August - May

Winter 2019:                               January - May           

Where will I live?

Students will be housed in the University residence halls.  Most  rooms are double occupancy with shared common rooms. Laundry facilities consist of large wash tubs for hand washing. Students may have a balcony or patio with lines for drying clothes. 

Who is eligible to participate?

Students must be degree-seeking and have completed one semester at GVSU. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.


Winter 2019:                                    September 10, 2018

Fall 2018:                                          February 1, 2018

Academic Year 2018-19:                 February 1, 2018


What credits will I receive?

UCC is a comprehensive university with a wide variety of course options available in many subjects including: accounting, anthropology. African studies, dance, arts and humanities, classics, biomedical sciences, finance, business, communications, computer science, education, English literature, philosophy, environmental science, French, health, human resource management, information systems, international studies, life science, management, marketing, microbiology, physics, public health, social and physical sciences, sociology, hospitality & tourism and more. 

Students participating in a partnership program will either register for courses that have been pre-approved or will go through a Course Approval Process.

For a list of course options: for best results please review courses offered in specific departments. 

Students interested in this program should click here for Program Details

How much does the program cost?

Total Projected Cost: $11,643 - $12,543* (per semester)

Additional Program Cost Information

Detailed Estimated Budget

Financial Aid

Students typically pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships/grants and alternative loans. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended.

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid


STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT: The average study abroad semester grant award is $500 per semester. Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.5 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$1,750/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

PARTNERSHIP GRANT: The Padnos International Center will be providing (4)  $500 Partnership Grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner.  If more than four applicants apply for this program, decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a student’s application and financial need.  Students may be eligible for more than $500, but four applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant support.  Decisions will be made following the deadline for application.

SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships:

Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
Hours extended on Wednesday until 7pm during Fall and Winter Semesters
UCC website:

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.