Want to know how to become a student in one of Ghana’s universities? Is it difficult to get a scholarship? Find the answers here. Read about what it means to study in Ghana!
Study in Ghana from Nigeria
A large number of Nigerian students want to study in Ghana. This country is doing a very good job in terms of their tertiary education establishment.
You might be wondering:
“How can I get the admission forms for Universities in Ghana?”
And here is the answer. There is no JAMB, no U.T.M.E., and no Aptitude Test. There is no bribing of any Admission Officer. You will gain admission on the spot. Six credits in WAEC will give you the opportunity to get in. You just need to have this Diploma.
Here are some benefits of studying in Ghana:
1. Your certificate is very well recognised.
2. Direct entry.
3. No strike.
4. Tuition fees are affordable.
5. Students can study materials which are available for everyone.
Nigerian students choose other universities because of the persistent and long disruptions in the academic calendar of higher educational institutions in the country.
The educational standard of Ghana is recognized globally as better and higher than in Nigeria. There are about five major state universities, namely: the University of Legona, University of Science and Technology Kwame Nkrumah, University of Cape Coast, the University of Development Studies Tamale, and the University of Education Winneba.
The main feature of the private institutions in the country is that they are branches of state institutions. This implies that graduates of private schools receive degrees and certificates from the public universities to which they belong.
Why should you choose education in Ghana?
Until the middle of the twentieth century, education was the main objective of Christian missionaries. They moved to Ghana from Europe in order to share Christian beliefs and enlightenment to local tribes. The government of the colony expressed support for missionary undertakings. Also, the supporters of education were wealthy local people who got rich on cocoa beans trade, the main export of the country.
Over the past 30 years, the system of secondary education in the country has repeatedly undergone reforms. The most crucial of them was the replacement of the obsolete British O-level and A-level education system with a more modern Senior Secondary Certificate.
There are four medical schools in Ghana. Students who graduate from any of these medical schools receive an MBChB degree and a doctorate. Then they are temporarily registered with the Ghana Medical and Dental Board. At the end of the compulsory 2 years residency done in hospitals, these doctors are permanently registered with the Medical and Dental Council. They have the opportunity to practice as a general practitioner.
After a permanent registration, doctors are able to specialize in any of the different fields according to the options created by the West African College of Physicians and Surgeons or Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. General physicians (doctors) are also hired from time to time by Ghana Health Service to work in rural areas as primary care physicians.
Best universities in Ghana
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There are a lot of universities and colleges in Ghana. The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest higher educational institution in the Republic of Ghana. The main campus is located in Legona, a north-eastern suburb of the capital, Accra. This is one of the few universities in Africa that offers educational programs on atomic energy and the Russian language.
The University was founded in 1948 as a branch of the London’s University as the College of Gold Coast. This university became independent in 1961.The university's teaching units are divided into colleges, faculties, schools, and institutes. There are two colleges, five faculties, and other institutes and schools. Also within the university, there are 22 research centers, laboratories, and stations.
Scholarships to study
The West African Research Association (WARA) offers scholarships which are funded by the State Department for graduate students who want to study in West African countries such as Ghana.
The WARA scholarship after doctoral studies is very similar but is intended for those who have a doctorate and support different kinds of research. You can use this scholarship to complete an old research, start a new study or learn the subject to improve your training. Both fellowships offer a maximum of $2,500 for travel and $3,500 for living expenses.
There is also the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program which is financed by the State Department. It helps to send students to foreign places, for example, to Ghana for foreign studies. Gilman scholarships were intended to support students who historically can't study abroad.
As you can see, you have more opportunities in the universities of Ghana. There are a number of scholarships for every type of students. This is the main reason why Nigerian students want to study in this country. If you are one of them, don’t miss your chance!