Why study at Ashesi?

In an increasingly interconnected world, it is now more important than ever for people from all nations to learn about cultures other than their own. Studying abroad has long been recognized as a particularly effective way for students to gain such insight, by immersing them in foreign cultures. Ashesi's Study Abroad and exchange programs provides a unique opportunity for international students to experience life and learning in Ghana.

Ashesi University is a part of this transformation as it leads the way in curriculum reform for higher education in Africa. Its unique academic program blends the liberal arts and Africana studies with professional fields such as business administration and computer science. From cultural classes in Africana studies, to courses in economics, creative writing and design, Ashesi provides an opportunity for international students to experience and reflect upon a wide array of issues and ideas that have shaped Ghana and the world.

Experience Ghana

As a Study Abroad student at Ashesi, you will experience firsthand Ghana's legendary hospitality, and learn about Africa’s plurality in a safe environment. You will gain insights into some of the forces shaping Ghana's future and, by extension, the role of developing countries in the global economy. You will be enrolled in courses with African students who are gaining the business and technology skills to help Ghana and other African nations solve some of their most pressing problems. You will also become a part of an international community that is committed to forging a new path for African development.

A Multicultural Campus

With full-time students that represent a variety of African nations, and faculty from Ghana, the United States and the United Kingdom. Ashesi campus is a microcosm of the world. Students of different races, cultures and religions have found a home in our world class multicultural campus. The international students association on campus provides the best avenue to meet compatriots and share experiences to help you make the most of your life in Ashesi. Currently international students make up 16% of student population and faculty members are drawn from all over the world. Ashesi’s international student enrollment will grow to between 30% and 50% over the next 10 years.

World Class Education

Classes at Ashesi are small and intimate, and often include discussion sections, team projects, and study groups. Students are encouraged to think creatively and to share their ideas with fellow classmates and faculty. You will have access to the latest technologies, in classrooms designed to offer African students the same tools that one would expect to find at top rate universities in developed countries. Though enjoyable, the academic program at Ashesi University is rigorous and students must expect to work at a level comparable to some of the most selective colleges and universities in the world. Classes are graded and will require a significant amount of reading, writing, research, and project work.

Student Advising

The Office of Student and Community affairs provides guidance and counseling services to all students of Ashesi. The International Student advisor is dedicated to assisting international students to overcome the social, cultural and emotional challenges of living and adjusting in a new country. The Health Centre offers sound health advice to students. Faculty and staff address student academic and administrative problems during walk-in sessions. Our student ambassadors are always available during and after school hours to provide support to international students to ensure their smooth transition into the Ashesi community.

Settling in

Ashesi offers all the intimacy and sense of belonging peculiar to small universities all over the world. International students easily blend into the Ashesi family and the Berekuso township. Various orientation sessions, seminars and retreats are held throughout the academic year to provide vital information on issues of culture shock, home sickness, relationships and security. Various clubs and extracurricular activities offer exciting channels to make the most out of your stay in Ashesi.

Incoming full time international students can read more on admissions and scholarships.