Why study in Ghanaian Universities?

Ghana has one of the most promising higher education sector in Africa with significant contribution from private sector. With sixteen (16) public universities and quasi-public tertiary institutions, polytechnics (now technical universities), two (2) private universities, number of nursing and education colleges and more than seventy (70) private university colleges (colleges), Ghanaian institutions hosts more than 389,000 students at the end of year 2013 in various level of programmes. Approximately 17% of the total students are studying in various private university colleges across Ghana which experienced an average growth of 12.9% in enrollments as compared to only 5.5% in public institutions. As per the report published by National Accreditation Board of Ghana, 17.65% of the students studying in Ghanaian institutions are from other African countries (as per 2012-2013 statistics available), with most of them preferring to study in private institutions. Colleges of Nursing saw a phenomenal growth in their enrolments (30%) during 2010/2013 academic years. (*source of data presented is from www.nab.gov.gh).


National Accreditation Board (NAB) of Ghana is mandated by the government of Ghana to regulate activities and maintain quality of tertiary institutions in Ghana. As a most peaceful and stable democracy in Africa with an annual spending of 6% of GDP on education (above global average of 5%), Ghana provides a conducive environment for students from across the continent to opt for higher education. Made in Ghana degrees are widely accepted globally by institutions and industry alike.


How can i get admission in Ghana?


Admissions in public universities are announced between December - January each year and closes in April - May. Private universities and colleges generally admit students twice a year, February and September, and their admissions are announced in October - November and May-June each year respectively. Most of the universities and colleges in Ghana accept applications online. Applicants can check for the link for individual universities / colleges online application portal on their pages on our website.


What is the entry requirement for getting into any university in Ghana?


Minimum entry requirements are published by National Accreditation Board for enrty into any tertiary institution in Ghana.


Undergraduate Entry Requirements:


Six Credits at the G.C.E./IGCSE Ordinary Level in relevant subjects including English Language, Mathematics PLUS three (3) Passess at the G.C.E. A’ Level in the relevant subjects OR Six Credits in the WASSCE/SSSCE Subjects (including English Language and Mathematics). Additional subject and credit requirements may be applicable based upon the program selected and institution applied. The Undergraduate programs take FOUR years to complete, except for Medicine, Dental Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, and Architecture which take SIX years to complete.


Foreign qualifications, except from the examinations mentioned above, are to certified and approved by NAB to be accepted by institutions in Ghana.


Postgraduate Entry Requirements:


Institutions offers postgraduate programmes at the following levels: Master’s (MA, M.Sc. MBA, MPhil., etc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The Master’s and Doctoral programs take TWO and THREE years respectively to complete.

The minimum entry requirement is a good first degree (Second Class or higher) in the relevant or related field of proposed study. Additional entry requirements may be applicable based upon the program and institution selected.


What are the financial assistance available to study in university?


Below are the financial assistance Ghanaian students can get for study in universities in Ghana:

  • Student’s loan from Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF)

  • Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust For Ghana (TEST) for students in public universities and polytechnics

  • Students’ Loan Scheme by SSNIT for continuing students.


Apart from the above assistance, numerous other schemes are available with individual universities to assist needy students.


As an international student, do i need a visa for Ghana?


Ghana is a member of the ECOWAS and subscribes to the protocol on free movement of members. Consequently, students arriving in Ghana from ECOWAS member states are not required to obtain visas. For students other than those from ECOWAS a Student Visa for Ghana and / or entry permit before proceeding to Ghana. Residence permits  are to be obtained by all international students to regularise their stay in Ghana which is renewable annually.


How do i pay my fee in case i am an International student?


International students can pay their fee either in US Dollar or Ghana Cedi. Fee can be paid across counter or through bank transfers. Some of the universities do also have online fee payment system.