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ISEP University of Ghana

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Accra, Ghana




2.75 GPA and in good academic and disciplinary standing, sophomore standing or above

Application Due:

Exchange: 1/30 for fall, year 8/15 for spring
Direct: rolling through 10 days before deadline posted on ISEP webpage

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

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Through the University of Iowa’s membership in ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program, UI students have the opportunity to study for a semester or academic year at the University of Ghana. Students on ISEP have access to the courses, services and activities of the host university as any local student. An ISEP coordinator facilitates housing arrangements and assists with registration.

ISEP Direct was developed as an affordable alternative at sites where spaces generated by outgoing Exchange students are not sufficient to accommodate the demand for incoming exchange. The ISEP Direct fee varies by host institution and not all members offer the option.

The program fee for study on ISEP Exchange is based on 12 s.h. of your regular UI tuition. UI students earn transfer credit on the ISEP program.

For More Information

Visit the ISEP webpage here. Under U.S. Students, check Sites Open for Application. Go to Ghana and click on the name of the university. Once you have done this, before proceeding any further, meet with the ISEP advisor in the UI Study Abroad office to discuss your interest and receive instructions for application.

UI Study Abroad Advisor

Amy Bowes
University Capitol Centre 1111
Phone: 319.335.0353

Study Abroad does not take same day appointments, please call 319.335.0353 to schedule.

The University of Ghana

University of Ghana

Founded in 1948 as an affiliate college of the University of London, the University of Ghana currently enrolls nearly 7,000 students. The language of instruction is English. The campus is located in the suburb of Legon, approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Accra. University Avenue extends from the main gate to Legon Hill, where Commonwealth Hall, convocation buildings, an open-air theatre, the Great Hall and a tower commemorating Ghana’s independence may be found. The campus also includes residence halls, a central cafeteria, library and sports fields.


Accra is a sprawling city of nearly 2 million. Originally a scattering of villages, Accra retains a village feel – high rises and government buildings are sprinkled here and there rather than confined to an urban center, and local markets are juxtaposed with city shops.


University of Ghana

In 1957 Ghana became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from colonial rule. While political turmoil marked its early years, the country returned to a constitutional democracy in 1992 and is today one of the most peaceful and politically stable countries in Africa.

Ghana’s 18 million people represent a large number of ethnic groups. At least 75 local languages are spoken. English serves as a lingua franca throughout the country. Ghanaians are renowned for the richness of their cultures, and for their hospitality.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive on campus by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office, details about housing and other nuts and bolts.


Students must have a 2.75 GPA, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university at the end of the semester, too.  If you are not in good standing at the end of the semester your acceptance will be revoked and you will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

Program Cost Sheet

Please contact Study Abroad for a current cost sheet that outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program. The cost sheet will include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

Spring Semester: 8/15. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in May prior to the end of the semester, or during the summer.

Fall Semester and Academic Year: 1/30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in December prior to the end of the semester.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application. On the application page, you need to choose your desired session. Then choose the program "International Student Exchange Program" from the drop down menu. Do NOT choose "International Student Exchange Direct" even if that's what you want. Once confirmed from ISEP, Study Abroad will manually put you in the appropriate section.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out ISEP's application. BEFORE applying to ISEP, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Students will not be allowed to apply unless they are first nominated by the University of Iowa. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

A Country Handbook, found at Placed Students on the ISEP webpage, provides practical information for living in Ghana.

Once confirmed by the University of Ghana, you will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of your placement. You will also later receive a welcome mailing from Ghana with important academic and arrival information.

All UI students attend a general TIPS orientation for Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343