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“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
Douglas Pagels


Some of the students being picked up at the Kotoka International Airport

The Fall 2016 students started their journey on a blank page not knowing what to expect when they first arrived in Ghana on August 15th. In their first week, they have explored some of the cultural nuances that make up the country Ghana.

On Tuesday, August 16th, the Fall 2016 students joined other International Students for the Univeristy  of Ghana Office International Programmes orientation (IPO). The orientation introduced the students to the university and the activities that are available for international students students.

The IPO orientation was followed by a 3-day CIEE orientation which covered topics such as academics, safety and security, health issues, sexual harassment protocols, a Bystander Intervention Training, perceptions and stereotypes and a Ghanaian music and dance workshop.


Bystander Intervention Training at the CIEE Study Center, International House

The week long of orientation was capped with a tour of the city of Accra which ended up at Chale Wote Art Festival in Jamestown, one of the oldest districts of the capital which dates back to the 17th Century Gold Coast.

"Chale Wote" provides the platform for music, arts and dance performances on the streets. These perfromances include spoken word, graffiti murals, live street music jams, fashion, and many more.

After the festival, there was an "Akwaaba Dinner" to officially welcome the Fall 2016 students to the programme and to the country.


Madison Griffith (Tulane University of Lousiana) at the Chale Wote Festival


Some dsiplays at the Chale Wote Festival.

Classes started on  August 22nd and the students are having a taste of how academic life is going to be for the next few months. The Twi Lanugage class also begun today.


There are so many activities planned in the horizon and as the semester continues, we will update you on the happenings.





Hello all!!!

It's been three weeks since the semester began. A lot has taken place and we will like to give you some updates on what is happening so far.



Classes started today, Monday, August 18, for all 11 CIEE courses .  These courses include African Literature, Culture and Reproductive Health, Music and Dance Forms of Ghana, Colonial Rule and African Response and the Political Economy of Ghana since Independence. The other classes include Ghanaian Language Proficiency for Beginners, Context of Development and Underdevelopemnt, Governance and Leadership, Globalization and Development in Africa and Intercultural Communication and Leadership. Internships and Volunteers also start this week.


Inspite of the teaching strike, CIEE students have been busy going through oniste orientation, cultural activities and field trips.


Health-wise, all the students are fine and there is no Ebola in Ghana.



CIEE Ghana Fall 2014 Participants



On Saturday, August 16th, the CIEE Staff and students headed to the Eastern part of Ghana for a bead making workshop at T.K. Beads. At T.K Beads, the students were taken through the bead making process. In turn, the students practiced what they learnt by making their own bead bracelets.

Laura Husted (Loyola University - Maryland) designing her bead


Brianna Beaumont (Boston College) with her finished bead bracelet



On August 11 through August 12 the Office of International Programs led by the Dean is held onsite orientation for all international students studying this Fall 2014 term at University of Ghana.  CIEE students participated in the orientation.

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Jennifer-Trisha Kuhanga (Babson college) at the IPO orientation


CIEE has organised a number of cultural activities for our students since their arrival on August 1 2014, besides onsite orientation.  Our students have been kept busy and engaged and they are loving every bit of it.  Some of the activities include a Music and Dance Workshop, a visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, a tour of the city of Accra, and a visit to the Cultural Arts Center.  Our U-Pals have organised scavenger hunts with our students, gone on a test run on navigating the public transport system in Accra and also navigating the University of Ghana campus shuttle. 

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Students on a scavenger Hunt


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Karishma Mehnotra's (Emory University) first "tro-tro" ride


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Some CIEE students experience a Sunday Church Service

A few more activities are slated for the coming weeks some of which include an orientation lecture on the History of Ghana.  We have an out of Accra trip to the eastern region of Ghana to visit the oldest cocoa farm in Ghana for students to learn about chocolate in its unprocessed state.  There is also a lecture on Ghanaian Cultural Values and basket basket-weaving workshop is also taking place this week.


Students getting Ghana phones at the mall


Students checking out books at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

On the health front, our program doctor held a discussion with our student body to update us on Ebola preparedness and prevention and answer all questions that students may have regarding Ebola specifically but also on general healthy living.  CIEE has provided all our students with hand sanitizers and admonished them to practice healthy, hygiene and safety tips to prevent the possibility of any disease.  It is important to note that Ghana does not have a case of Ebola reported in any of its hospitals.

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Programme Doctor giving orientation on health