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Exchange Students

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) believes that educational exchange opportunities enhance learning, build understanding amongst people of different cultures, and changes lives.

Over the years, the University of Cape Coast has hosted, a large number of students from institutions across the world. Students from countries such as the USA, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Kenya, Senegal, have participated in this programme.

UCC has earned a great reputation for delivering academic excellence within a supportive learning environment.

Students will have access to Wi-Fi hotspots all over campus, an ultra-modern library complex, a well-resourced hospital, an ICT Centre, expansive counselling system, sports facilities, banking services, restaurants, and many more.



Here's How To Apply

  1. Contact your home institution's international office to find out if it is a partner with UCC.
  2. Click on Apply Now below to get started.


 First Semester
EXPECTED ARRIVAL 8th January, 2022
ORIENTATION 10th January - 14th January, 2022
LECTURES START 17th January, 2022
EXAMINATIONS 19th April - 6th May 2022
DEPARTURE 7th May, 2022


 Second Semester
EXPECTED ARRIVAL 6th August, 2022
ORIENTATION 8th August, 2022
LECTURES START 15th August, 2022
EXAMINATIONS 26th October, 2022
DEPARTURE 12th November, 2022


Kindly submit your applications by the following dates:

SECOND SEMESTER (2021/2022 Academic Year
1st April, 2022
FIRST SEMESTER (2022/2023 Academic Year
1st October, 2022
  1. Download the Arrival Form to submit after receiving your admission documents, visa, and made your flight arrangements. Please communicate with the Office on the expected dates for arrival before making flight arrangements.
  2. Download the Bio-data Form and submit via email once you are certain of travelling to Ghana to participate in the Exchange Programme. Submission of the form should be done, at least, two weeks to expected date of arrival.
  3. Download, complete and submit the Pre-arrival Assessment Form before your arrival.
  4. You can check out available courses here. Note that courses from most schools/faculties are available except courses from the School of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Law.

You will need a visa to enter Ghana unless you are a citizen of a country that is exempted. Please contact the nearest Ghanaian Embassy or High Commission for a visa to Ghana. Click here for more information on visas.

As an inbound exchange student, your visa is a permit to enter the country at any time during the period it was issued for. On entry into the country, you will be given a number of days at the point of entry to stay, usually 60 days. You are required by law to extend your permit to stay in the country for an extended period of time after that. Click here for more information.

If you intend travelling outside Ghana during the semester and return, you are advised to acquire a Multi-entry visa before you first arrive in Ghana.

Are you the Study Abroad Coordinator for a partner or non-partner institution, click here to request for our fact sheet



The Office reserves rooms for all Exchange students.

Currently, all Exchange students are provided housing at the Superannuation Hall of the University. Each room is shared by two occupants with a common kitchen, toilet and bath.

The Hall also has several shops including printing and photocopy shops, hair salon, and convenience stores where students can get snacks, water, and other necessities. 

Exchange students could also explore the Homestay option where they get to live with a family for the duration of their stay. 


Please note that tuition fees vary from programme to programme and are reviewed every academic year. Contact for the current fees

The estimates for living expenses are:

HOUSING $1,000 - $1,200 per year. Please note that first year undergraduate students pay for housing as part of their fees. Continuing students will have to secure their housing before the beggining of a new academic year.
BOOKS An average of $300 per semester. This is dependent on the programme of study
FOOD An average of $1,000 per semester. Please note that it is cheaper to cook.
TRANSPORTATION An average of $100 per semester. This is heavily affected by fuel prices and means of transportation you choose to take.



UCC is situated in the historical town of Cape Coast, which was the first capital of the former Gold Coast, now Ghana, until it was moved to Accra in 1877. It is the capital of the Central Region of Ghana and situated along the Atlantic Ocean.

The people of Cape Coast celebrate Fetu Afahye, an annual festival, every first week of September, and it is one of the popular tourist attractions in the country too.

With its rich history and monuments, Cape Coast is a tourist destination with numerous beaches and resorts. It is an amazing experience to visit the Kakum National Rainforest with its famous Canopy Walkway and World Heritage sites such as Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles.



What They Say

I wanted to learn as much about the culture as I could while I was there, including trying all the foods, exploring different places, shopping in the markets, and traveling with friends. I loved it. The five months I was in Ghana was challenging, but it was an incredible adventure that I wouldn't trade for any other.