In this article, you will see the reasons why you should study in Ghana. Let’s dive straight in.
Located along the Gulf of Guinea in Western Africa, Ghana is bordered to the northwest and north by Burkina Faso, to the east by Togo, to the south by the Ocean and to the west by Cote d’Ivoire. It was formerly known as the Gold Coast. It is the first African country to the south of the Sahara to gain political independence from colonial rule in the year 1957.
The country with a population of over 28.21 million people (Wikipedia), has over a hundred (100) ethnic groups such as Akan, Mole-Dagbon, Ewe, Ga-Dangme, Guan, Gurma, Grusi, Mande-Busanga and others. Ghana is also a religious country with Christians, Muslims, Traditional worshipers, and even non-believers. The country practices democracy like most African nations and uses the Ghanaian Cedi (GHS) as its currency.
There are different languages widely spoken in Ghana such as Akan, Dagaare/Wale, Dagbane, Dangme, Ewe, Fante, Ga, Gonja, Kasem, Nzema, Twi, and even Hausa (widely used by lingua franca Muslims in Ghana). Although, the English language is being used as the country’s official language.
The educational system in Ghana is divided into three parts: Basic education, Secondary education, and Tertiary education. Basic education lasts for 12 years (age 4 – 15), it is free and compulsory. The basic education is also divided into kindergarten (two years), primary school (two modules of three years), and lower secondary school, also known as Junior High School (three years).
The Junior High School (JHS) education ends on the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which qualifies the pupil for Senior High School. The Senior Higher School which lasts for three (3) years ends on the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which qualifies the student for Tertiary education or various certificates and diplomas.
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Like most African countries, the tertiary education system in Ghana is divided into university, polytechnic, and colleges of education.
Reasons Why You Should Study in Ghana
1. Safe Environment and Favourable Weather Conditions:
Ghana is one of the safest countries in Western Africa. With a serene and peaceful environment, Ghana has a favorable weather condition that is just perfect and required to study.
Ghana is also an ideal place for people seeking a place to relax and have fun. Little wonder it is called ‘Africa for beginners’. The climate of Ghana is tropical, with two seasons; wet and dry. Temperatures don’t tend to vary greatly throughout the year, with a high of 26 degrees and a low of 23 degrees.
2. Friendly Culture:
Ghana has a warm, very friendly, and colorful culture. It’s quite easy to adapt and to understand the people and their culture in Ghana as a visitor or foreigner.
3. International Recognition of Courses:
Courses offered in various tertiary institutions in Ghana have gained a lot of international reorganization over the years. The country is developing rapidly and it is one of the most prosperous nations in Africa.
4. Quality Education:
In a 2013-14 report, the World Economic Forum ranked Ghana 46th out of 148 countries for a quality education system. Also in 2010, the literacy rate in Ghana was 71.5%, with a notable gap between men (78.3%) and women (65.3%, Wikipedia). Tertiary institutions in Ghana are known to run a quality programme with qualified teachers. The institutions have equally adopted modern-day teaching methods and systems to add value to the learning process. The country also boasts of numerous accredited colleges, polytechnics, and universities, all of which are able to grant degrees. You will also find some specialized higher institutions, such as the National Film Television Institute, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
5. Direct Admission:
Admission into tertiary institutions in Ghana is very direct! Aside from the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), there are no other written examinations such as JAMB, NECO, NABTEB, SAT, TOFEL, IELTS, etc before you can gain admission into a tertiary institution to study in Ghana.
6. Use of English Language:
Despite having 17 recognized national languages and other African slangs spoken in Ghana, the country adopts the English language for teaching and learning.
If English is not your native language, you may need to provide evidence of your language proficiency. If you do not meet the required standards, you may be able to take a language programme to help you
7. Easy Visa Application:
Unlike other advance and developed countries, getting visas mostly for education purposes is quite easy in Ghana. To get a student visa; this can be done either at the Ghanaian embassy in your home country or on the Ghana High Commission website.
8. Pocket-Friendly Tuition:
Your tuition fees totally depend on the course and institution you intend to study at. Averagely, you should pay between GHS 20,000 and GHS 70,000 per year for an undergraduate degree programme, and GHS 20,000 and GHS 64,000 per year for a postgraduate programme (Studylink).
A lot of scholarships are being offered by most institutions, the government, and even organizations to international students. You only just have to know where to look. You can start looking from the link below.
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So what more are you waiting for? Ghana is expecting you soon!