The University of Ghana
Founded as the University College of
the Gold Coast in 1948, the University of Ghana attained full university status
in 1961. Its large, park-like campus is located at Legon, nine miles from
downtown Accra. After years of economic hardship, the university is now slowly
restoring its buildings and grounds. The university enrolls 6,000 students and
has a faculty of 400.
Accra is Ghana's government seat and
its main commercial and cultural center, with a profusion of outdoor markets and
street vendors. A sprawling city of one million, Accra is the most densely
populated area in Ghana. The city formed from the merging of many small towns.
One of them, Legon, is the site of the University of Ghana. A cultural center,
Accra's National Museum has a collection of traditional Ghanaian art, and
several private galleries display contemporary local paintings, sculpture,
ceramics, textiles, and jewelry.
Principal Fields of Study, University of
Course work is in English through regular university
- African Languages/ Literatures
- African Studies
- Art History (independent study on African art
- Biological Sciences
- Business/Management Studies
- Development Studies
- Dramatic Arts
- English/English Literature
- Environmental/Ecological Studies
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Religious Studies (course work on African traditional
- Urban Planning/Studies
- Women's Studies
The academic program integrates
students into regular university courses in a wide range of disciplines. The
program begins with an on-site orientation which helps to familiarize students
with course registration and university procedures; provides an overview of
local customs, culture, politics, religion, and social roles; and covers
logistical issues such as housing, banking, and medical care.
The academic year normally runs from
late August to May. However, disruptions in the calendar are common. Each
semester students enroll in approximately five or six regular university
courses. UC students have non-degree status and are allowed to select any course
appropriate to their academic study plan with the approval of the Liaison
Officer who administers EAP.
Course work is recommended in
development studies, natural sciences, and African studies courses in the arts,
humanities and social sciences. Some courses in the Faculty of Agriculture are
appropriate for UC students. Though there is a shortage of equipment, many
departments require field work. Outstanding field research is being conducted by
the departments of Sociology and Archaeology and in many of the field sciences.
With the exception of biology, students should not plan on taking science
courses, as laboratory equipment is not always available. Courses in business
administration tend to be very crowded.