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Study Abroad in Ghana

The Department of Economics and the Global Poverty Research Lab are pleased to announce an exciting study abroad opportunity for Northwestern undergraduates at the University of Ghana – Legon.

This is a unique opportunity because starting in Fall 2019, Lab co-founder Chris Udry will match students participating in the CIEE Ghana: Arts & Sciences program with a University of Ghana faculty member in order to conduct independent research on a project involving economic development. 


  • Research: Based on their research interests, students are matched with a faculty member to perform data analysis in Stata on one of their current projects. Potential topics include health, environment, labor markets, small enterprises, agriculture, and poverty and migration.
  • Research Extension: After completing the program abroad, students have the opportunity to return to Ghana for eight weeks in the summer to continue their independent research.
  • Location: Situated in Accra, the University of Ghana has an enclosed campus feel with access to nearby urban amenities as well as transportation to other regions of Ghana.
  • Cultural Exchange: Whether living on campus or at a homestay, students will be immersed in Ghana’s culture, eat fufu, and navigate cultural differences between themselves and peers.

Academics: Students will enroll in 5 or 6 courses at the University of Ghana, plus a Directed Independent Research course through CIEE. Independent research and additional economics coursework taken at the University of Ghana may be applied as up to two advanced field courses (3XX-level) towards the economics major, upon approval of the courses by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students will receive additional advising regarding course selection from ULA and CIEE staff.

Accommodations: Students can choose to live either on campus in student dormitories or in a nearby homestay with a Ghanaian host family.

Application deadlines:

  • February 10 (Fall 2019) 
  • June 10 (Spring 2020)

For more details and how to apply, please visit the ULA website. For more details on the research projects you can contribute to, please reach out to Professor Udry.