WHY MISSOURI AFRICA?
The Missouri Africa Program is a fall semester program at the University of Ghana, Legon. The program enables students to enroll in regular courses at the University of Ghana, which allows for the greatest level of cultural immersion. All classes are taught in English. Students of most majors will find coursework in their discipline. Students in the past have especially enjoyed taking Ghana and Africa-related courses, such as dance, history, drumming, literature, politics, etc.
- Live and take classes with local Ghanaians.
- The University of Ghana-Legon is one of the premier universities in West Africa.
- Explore a fascinating country and a vibrant global city.
See program costs above for fall.
This program is part of the Missouri Consortium for International Programs and Studies (MOCON): A consortium on public four-year universities in the state of Missouri. As a result, you may be participating alongside students from other Missouri universities.
BEST MAJORS: Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre Arts
Students with these majors should find plenty of bachelor-level coursework in ENGLISH in Ghana. Make sure to check the course catalog below for specific course availability.
Also Good: Biology, English, History, Marketing, Psychology
Some Availability: There are classes in numerous fields offered at the University of Ghana-Legon.
This program works well for the UMSL majors listed above, but most programs can work well for all majors if students can take courses for elective credit. Check with your academic advisor and the study abroad office to learn about your options!
The University of Ghana, Legon is entirely English-speaking, so exchange students have a wide range of courses to choose from. Course schedules are not available until students arrive in August. You can view the course bulletin to see what classes might be available during your semester at the University of Ghana. In general, odd-numbered classes are offered during the fall semester. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee availability of a particular course in advance. Students should be flexible in the credits they need to obtain while on this program.
Click here for a list of course offerings.
Students will go through the process of registering on-campus when they arrive in Ghana. This can be a lengthy process and students should be flexible and somewhat adaptable to the foreign system of registration. They will be directly enrolled at the University of Ghana and pay University of Ghana tuition and fees as part of their overall program fee. Students should check with their home campus to determine if there are any home campus registration and billing policies they need to follow or remain enrolled in while they are away.
Students can typically only participate in the Missouri Africa Program for the fall semester because of the University of Ghana, Legon's academic calendar.
Students studying abroad with the Missouri Africa Program will pay a program fee to UMSL, and they will earn transfer credit. If you are a transfer student, please contact your academic advisor to confirm that you will not exceed the maximum number of transfer credits allowable at UMSL.
A faculty member from a Missouri Africa Program consortium university accompanies the group to serve as a resource and support. Additionally, MAP hires an on-site coordinator, Ms. Stella Dovlo, who is an employee of the University of Ghana and serves as a valuable resource for the students. The Fall 2018 Faculty Director will be from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea along the west coast of Africa. It borders Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The climate is tropical and varies from a warm dry coastal belt in the southeast and a hot humid southwest corner to a hot dry northern savannah. The southern part of the country, where the University of Ghana is located, has four seasons, two wet seasons (May - June and September - November) as well as two dry seasons (July - August and December - April). In the capital city of Accra, average temperatures range from 72 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit year round. The official language is English, although many other indigenous languages are spoken.
For more information on Accra, please read UMSL professor Dr. Gros' reflections on his visit there in 2016.
Students are housed in double rooms in the international student residence hall. Roommates may be other international or American students. There is no meal plan. Meals are purchased in the campus cafeteria or prepared in the residence kitchen.
The University of Ghana is located in Legon, about 8 miles northeast of the capital, Accra. The University of Ghana was established in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, an affiliate college of the University of London. Following independence in 1957, the university was organized as the University of Ghana and, in 1961, began to award its own degrees. The university's lecturers and distinguished alumni have earned it national and international recognition. It has seven faculties and a student population of about 30,000.
Check out what these students have to say about the Missouri Africa Program!
"I don’t wanna leave here! I am having so much fun and I have really grown to love it here. If only I could just go home for a weekend like I would when I lived in St. Louis and I’d make a trip to Kansas to my parents house. After a nice visit I could just come back here and everything would be perfect!" (continue reading)
--Abby, Fall 2014
Abby kept an extensive blog while she was in Ghana, which you can check out here. Her tips for future students are particularly helpful!
Click here to check out the UMSL student experiences for our other programs!