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Academics- Ghana (USAC)

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You must be in good academic standing and have minimum 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 freshman but must have sophomore standing when the program begins. 

Students are allowed to take a maximum of five courses or 18 credits. This is a combined total that includes USAC and U of Ghana courses.  Most courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. credits. 

USAC Courses
USAC offers the following four courses each semester. You must take the three-credit "Family, Society, and Development in Ghana/Africa" class (new in fall 2015) and the Twi langauge course is highly recommended.   As such, you will most likely take six credits of USAC courses. For full course descriptions, please visit the USAC page:

  • Family, Society, and Development in Ghana/Africa (3 credits, REQUIRED for all students)= Under Evaluation. Contact Center for International Education for more information.
  • Introduction to Asante Twi Language (3 credits, highly RECOMMENDED for all students)= UWEC FLG 101
  • Ghanaian Culture and Natural Resources Field Study (1 credit) This course has an additional fee for the Kumasi and Volta Eco Tours= UWEC GEOG Elective LD, GE 3, Foreign Cutlure
  • Service Learning (1-3 credits)= UWEC Social Work Elective LD

U 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.   You can find course descriptions by viewing the PDFs below:



Health Sciences:

When reviewing course information, please keep the following in mind: 

1. Students should note that odd-numbered courses are typically offered in the fall semester and even-numbered courses Typically are offered in the spring semester. Courses ending with 00 are offered during both semesters.

2. 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.

Many courses you can take at University of Ghana have already been evaluated for UW-Eau Claire credit.  To find courses that have been evaluated for Winchester you will go to the Transfer Wizard site: 

Please keep in mind that this is a historical record of past course equivalences. 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 are abroad.

  1. Choose "Ghana" in from the “Country” pull down menu, then hit “Search”
  2. Select “Univ of Ghana” by clicking the link.
  3. There are a few different ways to search for course equivalencies:
  • Search the first 300:  To see the first 300, simply hit the “Search” button without inputting a subject. The first 300 courses, in alphabetical order by the U of Ghana “School Subject” will appear.  However, if more than 300 courses have been evaluated, you will not be able to see all course by searching this way. 

  • Search by U of Ghana “School Subject”:  For example, if you only want to see courses designated as English by U of Ghana, input “ENGL” in the search function, which is the English subject code at U of Ghana.  To find the U of Ghana subject codes, you will need to visit the U of Ghana page:

  • Search by course: If you want to see if a particular U of Ghana course has an established UWEC equivalency, you can enter the U of Ghana subject code and course number (e.g. ENGL 344) in the “Search”.  Some courses may not have an established equivalency.  An official equivalency can be established for the course after you are accepted to the program.

This program fulfills the complete Foreign Culture requirement upon successful completion.  Please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

You can 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. A detailed calendar can be found on the USAC website:


updated 1/13/2015 ccm