About the Accra, Ghana Program

The Accra program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Accra

  • Population: approx. 2.5 million
  • Distance from Kumasi: 135 miles
  • Distance from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire: 262 miles

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Accra is Ghana's capital and largest city. This economic, political, and social center is rich with history and culture. You can visit open-air markets, remarkable museums, memorials, stunning beaches, delicious restaurants, dance clubs, diverse religious institutions, important government buildings, and culturally rich village communities.

The city of Accra is flourishing—the streets are clean and paved, the electricity is mostly stable and new shopping centers emerge frequently. It is a sprawling city with no true “city center.” Instead, it is made up of numerous neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor. It is also home to several museums and private galleries, including the National Museum with its collection of traditional Ghanaian art, the National Archives, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Supreme Court and Parliament buildings, cinemas, and many diverse markets. Musical protégé Stevie Wonder has a house in Accra, perhaps as a place from which to take in the sophisticated blend of jazz, Latin, and traditional beats which make Accra a music lover’s delight.