Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Tufts in Ghana, 1996
The Tufts in Ghana program was founded in 1996 to allow juniors and seniors to experience living and studying in Africa.
The Tufts in Ghana program sends juniors and seniors to study at the University of Ghana in Legon, one of several small towns that together form the nation's capital city of Accra, one of the most economically prosperous and politically stable cities in Africa. Students are fully integrated into the Ghanaian university system, and take either four or five courses a semester, including a specialized language course. English is widely spoken in Ghana, therefore students need not have extensive language preparation before arriving.
Tufts students are both housed and take their meals in the university's residence halls. Students have access to the Dagbe Center of Arts and Culture, located in Kopeiya, a small village on the Atlantic Ocean. Each semester, students visit the Dagbe Center several times, mainly to participate in various extra-curricular arts activities. Students also begin their semester with a ten-day orientation program held at Dagbe.
In the 2000-2001 school year, the Tufts in Ghana program was suspended after several reports of sexual assaults on female Tufts students at the University of Ghana. As of 2001, the orientation program was revised to further warn students about cultural differences and dangers in Ghana. The program was reinstated in 2002.