Accra, Ghana

About Accra, Ghana

  • Population: approx. 2 million
  • Distance from Kumasi: 123 miles
  • Distance from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire: 262 miles

Built around a hub port on the Gulf of Guinea, 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. With opportunities to attend activities both on campus and in the city, you will find yourself deeply immersed in Ghanaian culture.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is a beautiful place to take a stroll.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is a beautiful place to take ...

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.

Ghana is a beautiful and unique place, but it's important to understand how different the culture might be in comparison to what you are used to at home. In Ghana, patience is both a virtue and a requirement. Expect things to take longer; be flexible. Although in some settings things may run late, tardiness in formal settings (like the classroom) will be perceived as rude and disrepectful.

The city has a variety of transportation options. The most common modes of transportation are taxis, tro-tros, and the public bus system. The streets are busy and full of people, vehicles, and animals (use caution when crossing the street!). There are also a couple of long-distance bus companies that offer transportation beyond Accra. Several airlines operate out of Kotoka International Airport.