Study in Ghana: Top 7 tips for Nigerians
Studying in Ghana is an opportunity that is available to any Nigerian interested in getting a chance to study abroad without the overwhelming financial handicap common with most schools in other parts of the world where students rack up debts in loans and pay back almost all their lives. Ghana is a republic located in West Africa and surrounded by other countries like Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso,and Togo. It has one of the most diverse cultures and its educational system is highly rated and well ranked in Africa and beyond.
The schools in Ghana cut across different cadres; from Universities to Technical Colleges and Polytechnics. Currently, there are about 65 private and public universities in Ghana and all these schools offer a variety of courses that can be selected by applicants who have met all the criteria before admission.Though admissions to these Ghanaian Universities are open to everyone, there are certain requirements that must be fulfilled.
This article focuses on top 7 tips for Nigerians looking to study in Ghana. These tips include the following:
- Make sure that your West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results are adequate to qualify you for an admission into the Ghanaian University of your choice. This means that you should have a minimum of 5 ‘O’ Level credits in subjects relevant to your preferred course of study.Since there is no other qualification required for admission like the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations, it means the focus of any student interested in studying in Universities in Ghana should be gaining the required credits.
- Do your due diligence and check to see which University in Ghana offers the course(s) you would like to study and what opportunities could be available in your future. There are many courses to choose from the Arts to the Sciences; be sure to make a sound choice and do so after weighing all the information you may have gotten.
- Studying in Ghana means that you will have to stay in Ghana for the duration of your study. Therefore, it is compulsory that you get a decent and affordable accommodation within the school campus or off-campus. However, you must also consider the cost of transportation and other expenses associated with schooling in Ghana.
- There is a cost for schooling in Ghana. For Nigerians and other foreigners, the school fees are a bit higher than those for Ghanaians. Intending students need to know that and plan their payments accordingly by making sure they can afford to for the entire duration of their study in the universities that they eventually choose.
- Since schooling in Ghana requires funding which some students may still find challenging to provide, they may seek the option of obtaining scholarships. There are several scholarships opportunities available for students who study in Ghana. These scholarships might be fully or partly funded and originate from partnerships between private corporations, non-governmental organizations,and Universities in Ghana.
- Gaining admission into schools in Ghana may be straightforward but the process may require help in navigating through paperwork and other requirements. Therefore, the application can be done directly by the applicant or by engaging the services ofThese experts are usuallyeducational consultants who through their experienceguide students,to make sure they successfully gain admission into the Universities of their choice in Ghana.
As a Nigerian, be prepared to be fully immersed in the Ghanaian culture, nuances,and way of life. Even though Ghana and Nigeria seem to be relatively close in terms of the travel distance, the differences in culture, diversity in languages and other things cannot be ignored.