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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. 

You must take a minimum of 12 credits and are allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits. You are required to take at least three coures at the University of Ghana as well as a required USAC course offered each term.   Most courses are equivalent to U of Ghana and USAC courses are worth  3 U.S. 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 Course Handbooks below:

Humanities: Humanities 2014-2015.doc


Health Sciences: Health Sciences 2014-2015.doc

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 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.

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 8/17/2015 ccm