For International Students
We are excited that you are considering choosing Ashesi to be your home away from home for the next four years, while you pursue your undergraduate college career. The entire Ashesi community, especially the ODIP, looks forward to giving you the most amazing study abroad experience of your lifetime! During your four years at Ashesi, we will help you discover Africa and the world in a way you have never imagined, help you connect with amazing young leaders who are passionate about making a difference and together explore and unleash the talents it will take to transform Africa and the rest of the world. To ensure a smooth transition for non-Ghanaian students, the ODIP organises a yearlong international freshman success program to help you settle and adjust to life at Ashesi and in Ghana.
There is a two-fold on-site orientation program at the beginning of each academic year for all international first year and study abroad students; a two day international student orientation and a one week general freshman orientation program. The international student orientation will cover the basics of living and adjusting in Ghana as an international student.
It will cover:
- Immigration requirements and procedures
- Getting around on public transportation
- Cross cultural adjustment and strategies to be successful as an international student
- An Accra city tour (Guided tour of the main central business area of Accra the capital of Ghana, including visits to some historic sites)
- Introduction to the International Students Association
All international freshmen are then required to join the general freshman orientation program designed to assist students to adjust and familiarise themselves with the school, academic work and the various services that run on campus. In addition, the program introduces students to the Berekuso community, within which Ashesi is located.
International Freshman Mid- Semester Seminar
The International Freshman Mid-Semester Seminar is compulsory for all international freshmen. It is an interactive session held at midpoint of the first fall semester after their arrival at Ashesi to ensure that: they are adjusting well in their new academic and social environment and are enjoying their Ashesi Experience. The seminar is designed to engage students in many activities that will give them the platform to share what is working (and what is not) with other international students like themselves, and explore how they can re-strategize to ensure that they succeed both academically and socially.
This program is prepared for all study abroad returnees, including those not from Ashesi, to help them reintegrate to their home campuses and countries upon completion of their study abroad experience. It is designed to help returnees make the best use of their experience as they head back home, and adjust to the sometimes transformative effects of living in a foreign country and reintegrating back in their home cultures, whether in Ghana or abroad. It is also offered to all international MasterCard Scholars upon request.
Kindly contact the ODIP to book an appointment.
Study Abroad Programs
Ashesi continues to form partnerships with like-minded institutions which allow students from Ashesi and from the partner institutions to undertake a semester or year’s study at the host institution. Accepted students to the program pay tuition, room and board and other reciprocal costs at their respective Universities and swap campuses for the semester or year they intend to study abroad. Most partner institutions run similar course as Ashesi in order that grades and credit obtained during the exchange can be transferred, however there may be several variations in the individual partner institutions.
Independent Student Study Abroad Programs
Students in institutions that Ashesi does not have exchange agreements with but would want to study at Ashesi for a year or semester can also apply to Ashesi directly as study abroad students. These students will be required to meet all Ashesi admission requirements for study abroad students.
General Admission Requirements for Studying Abroad at Ashesi :
- A GPA of 3.0 or better
- Completed Study Abroad Application Form to be submitted by November 1 for the Spring Semester and by March 31 for the Fall Semester.
- Completed Study Abroad Course Request Form
Useful Information to explore:
- Introduction to Ashesi University College
- General information with schedule of fees under the admissions section
- Admission Catalogue
(All study abroad applications should be submitted to the Office of Diversity and International Programs)
Other International Opportunities for Ashesi Students
• Babson Semester Abroad Scholarship
• Fall Ashesi-Babson Business Seminar Programme
• Babson Summer Global Leadership Experience
• Dalai Lama Fellowships
• Semester at Sea Inter-port Student Programme
• Doha Goals Forum
• Providence College in Ghana Community Based Summer Internship