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Ghana Field School 2012 (June-July Vacation Programme)pdf print preview print preview

The Ghana Field School is the University of Ghana’s version of summer school. The main aim of the programme is to promote the intellectual development of participants and foster cross-cultural receptiveness. It also seeks to present courses unique to the University of Ghana to individuals and groups, local and international, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to study at the University of Ghana. The Field School is an intensive residential study programme designed to create a learning experience in the culture and heritage of Ghana. Click here for further details on the Ghana Field School.

The Ghana Field School 2012 will offer interested individuals the option of gaining three (3) to nine (9) credits by taking a course (four to six weeks long) in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies and the Institute of Continuing and Distance Education. The school is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as non-students.

This edition of the programme, which is more intensive and comprehensive, is packed with a lot of exciting field trips that would provide participants with first hand information and practical in their chosen course of study as well as expose them to the rich and diverse Ghanaian culture. Participants will have the opportunity to visit many tourist attractions such as the fascinating waterfalls, mountains and other natural features, the canopy walk and forest reserves, as well as the museums, castles, forts, and other sites and towns that portray the rich Ghanaian culture and tradition.


1. ADLT 414/410
Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development
The Programme will provide opportunities for participants to understand, through a first-hand study, the social cultural and environmental factors that impinge upon sustainable development in Ghana and their implications for community education and development. There would be 16 days of classwork, including discussions and seminars, and 10 days of field work. The field study begins in Accra and takes participants through Kwabenya, Aburi, Koforidua, Kumasi, Sunyani, Kintampo, Tamale, Tongo, Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Paga, Nania, Tumu, Wa, Wuchiau, Lasie, Bole, Teselima, Bamboi, back to Kumasi and through Obuasi, Foso, Cape-Coast, Winneba and back to Accra.

Click here for further details on the course, including the contact of the coordinator.

2. ARCH 405/603 (undergraduate and graduate levels)
Archaeological Field Methods and Techniques
This course seeks to equip students with various methods and techniques which archaeologists employ to gather primary data, including pre-excavation planning, reconnaissance survey, surveying and mapping, excavation, sampling techniques, data processing and analysis, on-site conservation, packaging and transportation of excavated artifacts. The programme would focus on the site of Yikpabongo in Koma Land, in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region of Ghana.

Click here for further details on the course, including the contact of the coordinator.


20th April, 2012: Application deadline (Submission of Form 1)
11th May, 2012: Deadline for payment of all fees and submission of Form 2
10th June, 2012: Students arrive in Accra for programme
11th June, 2012: Orientation/Lectures commence
20th July, 2012: Evaluation/End of programme
21st -22nd July, 2012: Departure

*Students should arrive in time for the orientation and depart after the Final Evaluation.
**Students should note that the programme timeline above is for a duration of six weeks and may differ across departments. Refer to the course you wish to offer for a more detailed programme.

Structure of the Programme

The duration of the Field School is exactly four (4) to six (6) weeks. It comprises lectures, fieldwork, demonstrations, practicum and an evaluation.


Undergraduate Applicants: Minimum of one year tertiary education with a CGPA of at least 2.50 (in any discipline).

Graduate Applicants: Minimum of one year graduate study with a pass in all courses taken (in any discipline).

Non-Students: Two Letters of reference (Academic reference from last institution attended and a personal reference).

ADLT 414/410
6 credits $ 881
ARCH 405/603 6/8 credits $ 3,713

*The amounts quoted above include an application and processing fee of $100

Expected personal expenses NOT included in fees:
Airfare $ 2000.00
Student visa $ 80.00
$ 600.00
Personal expenses $1000.00
Student international health insurance $ 200.00
Textbooks and supplies $100.00
TOTAL $3,980.00


  • The programme would run only when the minimum number of students required is obtained. Please refer to your chosen course for details.
  • In the event that a programme is cancelled, fees already paid shall be refunded. There will be no refund of programme fees after 8th June, 2012 under any circumstances.
  • Participants who withdraw from the programme after it has begun are fully responsible for any costs (including airfare) associated with returning to their place of origin. No refund will be granted if a student is asked to leave the programme due to disciplinary problems such as excessive alcohol use, drug use, behaviour endangering the group or the individual, or refusing to comply with safety and security measures as determined by the programme directors.


The deadlines for receipt of all applications and supporting documents are as follows:
  • Submission of application (Form 1): 20th April, 2012
  • Admission confirmation (Form 2): 11th May, 2012
In order to ensure that there are no delays in the processing of your application, kindly follow the steps below:
  1. Download and print Application form 1
  2. Fill the form and attach your passport-size photograph to it.
  3. Include a transcript of your academic record or reference letter and English proficiency score sheet (if English is not your first language).
  4. Mail to: 
    Postal Address: Courier Address:
    The Assistant Registrar The Assistant Registrar
    Office of International Programmes Office of International Programmes
    University of Ghana First Floor, International House
    P. O. Box LG586 Annie Jiagge Road
    Legon University of Ghana, Legon
    Ghana, West Africa Ghana, West Africa
  5. Send scanned copies of all documents to fsip@ug.edu.gh
Enrolment is limited, so an early application is encouraged. Information on the Field School will be sent to successful applicants by 2nd May, 2012 via e-mail.

Method of payment: Payment must be made in full.
Payment of fees by participants from countries other than Ghana must be made in US dollars by either:
    ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0161 0144 0978 0401
  2. Cheque from a recognized bank to the UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

Submit the cheque or evidence of the transfer transaction with the Admission Confirmation Form by 11th May, 2012. Participants would be required to produce the original copies of this evidence on arrival in Ghana.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Office of International Programmes
University of Ghana
P.O.Box LG 586
Ghana, West Africa
Tel/Fax: +233 302- 507147
E-mail: fsip@ug.edu.gh, arip@ug.edu.gh, or infoip@ug.edu.gh

Date Published: 04/11/2010
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