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University of Cape Coast ~ Ghana
History & Description
The University of Cape Coast, Ghana, is one of the rare sea front universities in the world. It is located along the shores of the Gulf of Guinea, which spans along the west coast of Africa. Its main entrance is only about 50 meters from the Atlantic Ocean. The University of Cape Coast attained its university status on October 1, 1971. The University was established out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education to provide leadership and enlightenment. Its original mandate was therefore to train graduate professional teachers for Ghana's second cycle institutions and the Ministry of Education, in order to meet the manpower needs of the country's accelerated education programme at the time. Today, with the expansion of some of its faculties and the diversification of programmes, the University has the capacity to meet the manpower needs of other ministries and industries in the country, besides that of the Ministry of Education.
Cape Coast, Ghana
Cape Coast is one of the most historical cities in Ghana. It used to be the largest slave-trading center in West Africa. Today, it is a vibrant coastal city with one of the most-visited sites in Africa in its heart’s center: the massive Cape Coast Castle which is homke to the “door of no return”. This castle was a large stop in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and today, it is a superb museum steeped in the ghosts of the turmoil of the past. The city itself is a delightful mishmash of old and new and its tastes and sights will leave you hoping to never leave.
About The Program
Orientation and Airport Pick-Up
The Center for International Education (CIE) will be available to meet students at the airport upon arrival. A UCC official should be at the airport awaiting your arrival if you informed the institution of your arrival time and date. If for some reason, you do not locate a UCC official upon exiting the airport, you should get a taxi to the University of Cape Coast Guest House in Tesano. The cost for a taxi to the Tesano Guest House will be about $10.00. You will want to exchange your money at the airport near the baggage claim area, because traveler’s checks will get you a much lower rate of exchange and credit cards are only accepted at a few upscale places in Ghana. So, you will want to have the local currency as soon as you leave the airport.
You will be living on-campus in one of the seven residence halls.
Food & Laundry
There isn’t a cafeteria on-campus. But, there are many places near campus to eat. Ghanian cuisine will be an exploration of new tastes and smells. You will find traditional meals to be quite different from the food you are used to. Local meals usually consist of rice or a kind of cooked dough with a sauce and meat, fish, or chicken. Most meals are served with pepper sauce, which adds a lot of spice to the dish. There are different kinds of fruits in season all year round. Thus, there are lots of freshly picked fruits and vegetables around.
Banking, Cell Phones, & Internet
Students interested in having money sent via wire transfer should be aware that it could take considerable number of days for a transfer of funds to be finalized. Students can also look into having money transferred via Western Union or SSB moneygrams (available at Wal-Mart). The local currency is the Ghana cedi (cee-dee) and the current rate of exchange is approximately 1.50 cedis to $1.00. As a backup, students should plan to bring at least one credit card with them. While most shops and restaurants do not take credit cards, airlines and large hotels will accept them. The most recognized cards are Visa and Mastercard.
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
Telephone services are provided by both Vodafone Ghana and private communication centers on campus. Students may also purchase a cellular phone for use in Ghana. The Centre for International Education also in a way of helping her international students and faculty rent phones to them at a relatively cheap rate. The cost for a cellular phone ranges between 50.00 cedis – 200.00 cedis or more.
Past student participants have commented on the importance of acquiring a cellular phone for everyday use. In addition to maintaining contact with friends you meet in Ghana, a cellular phone will also ensure that loved ones back home have an easy way of contacting you. You will find that most students, faculty and staff have access to a cellular phone for business and social purposes.
E-mail facilities are available at the ICT Centre. Additionally, students will find a number of internet cafes that are privately owned and operated on and around campus. Students can expect to pay approximately 1.00 cedis per hour. It is highly recommended that you bring your own laptop for convenience.
The Ghanaian education system is based on the British model for education. So, a much greater emphasis is placed on students pursuing independent research on the course subject. While you may be inclined to believe that the coursework is much less demanding, please remember that the emphasis is placed on the individual to pursue academic excellence.
All international students are asked to follow the rules and regulations for registering for a class at UCC. The Center for International Education (CIE) will assist you in this process. If you find it necessary to make changes to your schedule after you have finalized your registration, seek guidance from CIE as soon as possible. Do not delay or you may find the options to be limited.
Please be prepared to be flexible regarding the courses that are available for you to enroll in. It is common to find upon arrival that a course may not be offered during the semester you are attending. Be prepared with alternative course selections to ease you through the registration process.
All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/. Information regarding required or recommended vaccinations can be found by visiting the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/ or by speaking with your primary physician.
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.) If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.
What Can I Study?
You will be registering for classes on-site for this program. The course areas offered are: Business, Economics, Finance, French, Human Resource Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Mathematical Economics, and Organizational Leadership.
In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.