In recent times, Ghana has become an interesting destination for students from Nigeria.
Study in Ghana from Nigeria: Step by Step Guide
Here’s a quick overview of the country.
Ghana is a West African country located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with three countries; the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and Togo. Home to over 28.3 million people, Ghana has secluded, palm-lined beaches, a strong democracy and improving socioeconomic standards. The climate of Ghana is tropical, with two seasons; wet and dry.
The capital of Ghana is Accra and it is home to an estimated 10% of the Ghanaian population. Accra is widely considered one of Africa’s safest cities and it is the location of a number of public and private universities. These include the University of Ghana, Accra Institute of Technology and Accra Polytechnic, among many others. There are also several specialist institutions, such as the National Film and Television Institute.
Ghana has a unique culture that is very different from that of most Western countries but would provide an international student with a unique higher education experience.
The country offers students a robust academic environment that promotes research growth and learning. Many of the universities in Ghana are already gaining international recognition. Also, there are several specialist higher education institutions such as the National Film and Television Institute and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
If you’re looking to enroll in a university in Ghana, you will need to have earned at least 6 credits in WAEC, GCE or NECO. Some of the schools that you can get admitted to include:
- University of Ghana, Legon
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- University of Cape Coast
- Central University Ghana
- Wisconsin International University, Accra
- Radford University, Accra
- Knutsford University, East Legon, Accra
- All Nations University, Koforidua
- Reagent University
- Zenith University
Some of the programmes offered by these schools include:
- B.A Fashion Design
- B.A Law
- B.A Mass Communication
- B.Eng Computer Engineering
- B.Eng Electronic & Electrical Engineering
- B.Eng Oil and gas Engineering
- B.Eng Software Engineering
- B.Eng Software Technology Engineering
- B. Sc. in Agribusiness Management;
- B.Sc. in Banking and Finance;
- B.Sc. in Business Administration with options in Marketing, Human Resource Management and Accounting
- B.Sc. in Computer Science
- B.Sc. in Information Technology
- B. Sc. in Management Studies;
- B.Sc. Architecture
- B.Sc. in Applied Sciences
- B.Sc. in Civil Engineering
- B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Science
- B.Sc. in Nursing
- B.Sc. in Pharmacy
- B.Sc. in Physician Assistantship
You can have a higher placement if you transferred from other recognized institutions of higher education.
Some of the benefits of studying in Ghana include:
- A well-recognized certificate
- Direct entry into the university
- Absence of strike and
- Affordable tuition fees
The absence of strikes is one of the major reasons why Nigerian students choose Ghanaian universities. Also, the educational standard of Ghana is recognized globally as better and higher than in Nigeria.
Currently, there are over 5 major state universities in Ghana namely: the University of Legona, University of Science and Technology Kwame Nkrumah, University of Cape Coast, the University of Development Studies Tamale, and the University of Education Winneba.
There are also private institutions in the country which are branches of the state institutions. This implies that graduates of private schools receive degrees and certificates from public universities.
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest higher educational institution in the Republic of Ghana. The main campus is located in Legona, a north-eastern suburb of the capital, Accra. It is one of the few universities in Africa that offers educational programs on atomic energy and the Russian language. The University was founded in 1948 as a branch of the London’s University as the College of Gold Coast. This university became independent in 1961. The university’s teaching units are divided into colleges, faculties, schools, and institutes. There are two colleges, five faculties, and other institutes and schools.
Also, within the university, there are 22 research centers, laboratories, and stations. There are also scholarships for graduate students who want to study in West African countries such as Ghana. The WARA scholarship after doctoral studies which is intended for those who have a doctorate and support diverse types of research. For instance, you can use the scholarship to complete old research, start a new study or learn more about a particular subject in order to improve your training. Both fellowships offer a maximum of $2,500 for travel and $3,500 for living expenses.
Another prominent scholarship is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program which is financed by the State Department. It helps to send students to foreign places, for example, to Ghana for foreign studies. Historically, the Gilman scholarship was set up to support students who historically can’t study abroad.
Generally, the cost of studying and living In Ghana is quite affordable. The currency is the Ghanaian Cedi (GHS).
Your tuition fee is usually dependent on where you choose to study and what course you choose. Typically, you should expect to pay between GHS 20,000 and GHS 70,000 per year for an undergraduate degree programme. For a postgraduate degree programme, you should expect to pay between GHS 20,000 and GHS 64,000 per year. Some universities offer scholarships for international students, check with your institution about availability and eligibility.
It is common for universities in Ghana to offer halls of residence for the duration of your studies. This can mean that your living costs are less than if you had to find private accommodation. But you should budget for between GHS 2,500 and GHS 7,500 per semester for halls of residence or a university hostel. If you choose to rent privately, your living costs are likely to be higher. You can make enquiries from your desired institution about whether they offer accommodation.
Although Ghana is a West African nation like Nigeria, you will need to obtain a student visa which can be done at the Ghanaian embassy in Nigeria or on the Ghana High Commission website. It is important that you’re granted a visa before traveling to Ghana, or you will not be allowed to enter the country.