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Academics - Ghana (USAC)

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

You must take a minimum of 12 credits and are allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits. 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 for the semester and are strongly encouraged to take the Twi-African language course. Students are required to take a combination of USAC and University of Ghana courses for a total combined course load of 12-18 credits. Most University of Ghana courses are equivalent to 3 US credits.  

USAC Courses
USAC offers the following semester courses. You must take the required USAC class 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:

USAC Course Title Term Required? Credits UWEC Equivalency
Society, Government, and Politics in Ghana & Africa Fall Yes 3 POLS Elective UD, GE 3
Family, Society, and Development in Ghana/Africa Spring Yes 3 SOC Elective LD, FC
Ghanaian Culture and Natural Resources Fall & Spring No 1 GEOG Elective LD, GE 3
Service-Learning Fall & Spring No 1-3 SW Elective LD
Twi-African Language I Fall & Spring Highly Recommended 3 FLG 101
Twi-African Language II Spring only Highly Recommended 3 Under evaluation


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 various departments offered at the university: 

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, such as "undergraduate courses"

Keep 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.

3. You will need to meet any pre-requisites a course may have. You are not allowed to take post-graduate courses.

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 $100 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.  

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 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 look  in the Course Handbooks posted above.  
  • 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.

For students in catalog years through 2015-2016, this program fulfills the Foreign Culture requirement upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: 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.)

For students in catalog years 2016 and later, this program can fulfill an integrated learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments.  Email  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 7/12/16/cc