This program allows students to fully immerse themselves in the Ghanaian culture. Students live and study with other university students. This program requires students to be able to adapt to the challenges of living in a developing country.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Nominations
  • GEO:

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Students are required to take a course in Ghanaian language (Twi), a course in Ghanaian African studies, and three electives. Students may choose their free elective from the University of Ghana’s entire course catalog. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

Northeastern students will follow the credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students need to take 15 credits per semester at CIEE Ghana to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1 (1 CIEE or University of Ghana credit= 1 NU Credit)
  • A 3 credit CIEE or University of Ghana course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • Students typically take five 3 credit courses, 15 credits total
  • If a student takes 15 CIEE or University of Ghana credits abroad, they will receive 15 NU credits

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $TBD
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

     

     

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: October 25, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • 1 Evaluation: If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator.
Submit to Host University
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Nominations
  • GEO:

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students need to take 15 credits per semester at CIEE Ghana to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1 (1 CIEE or University of Ghana credit= 1 NU Credit)
  • A 3 credit CIEE or University of Ghana course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • Students take five 3 credit courses, 15 credits total
  • If a student takes 15 CIEE or University of Ghana credits abroad, they will receive 15 NU credit

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Students are required to take a course in Ghanaian language (Twi), a course in Ghanaian African studies, and three electives. Students may choose their free elective from the University of Ghana’s entire course catalog. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

Northeastern Tuition: $100
  • This covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a sprawling city of one million, resulting in the merging of many small towns. One of these, Legon, is the site of the University of Ghana. Ghana was the first African colony to gain independence from the British in 1957. Two-thirds of Ghana’s population lives in small, rural agricultural villages. English is the official language, but five other languages have official status in different regions. In addition to a profusion of outdoor markets and street vendors, there are beach resorts, dance clubs, restaurants, and cultural venues located throughout the city.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • On-Campus: Students live in on-campus housing with other University students. Meals are not included, but, there are reasonably priced University cafeterias.

Host University or Organization

Sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), this programs allows students to immerse themselves in the fascinating culture of Ghana. The University of Ghana has an enrollment of about 6,000 students. Its large, park-like campus is nine miles from downtown Accra. A major cultural attraction of the country is the University of Ghana’s National Performing Arts Theater, which is part of the School of Performing Arts, where people listen to traditional music and watch dances that are part of Ghana’s history and culture.

Coordinators