Accra is the capital of Ghana and also the Greater Accra Region, one of the ten administrative divisions of Ghana. Ghana gained its independence from the British in 1957 and became the first African country, South of the Sahara, to free itself from colonial domination and set the pace for other African countries to obtain self‐rule in the 1960s. Since independence, Accra has grown both in terms of population and in economic importance in Africa. Often referred to as the Gateway to West Africa, it serves as the commercial and business hub of the sub‐region because of its political and economic stability. The varied architecture of the city represents its history with pre‐colonial, colonial, post‐colonial and contemporary western‐style condominiums and buildings. Visitors to the city have access to modern hotels, restaurants, malls, and entertainment centers. They are also able to visit cultural heritage sights that are spread all over the country.
NYU Accra offers courses in the humanities and social sciences, taught by internationally acclaimed African scholars drawn from local universities. The program offers opportunities for deep immersion in the society through its community service and academic internship programs both of which allow students to engage with a range of agencies, institutions and organizations. Students have volunteered with such as micro‐finance, media and health care organizations, schools , orphanages, and more. These community‐learning programs give students a deeper understanding of the local people and culture than they would obtain in the classroom alone.
NYU Accra’s academic center facilitates research collaborations as well as conferences, workshops and seminars between NYU, faculty members and their local counterparts. Faculty and students interested in disciplines such as emerging economics, public health, education, gender and equality, visual and performance arts, etc., ‐ especially those interested in these areas as they relate to the developing world ‐ find Ghana an ideal place to study and work. We at the site welcome faculty and students who desire to know and understand the world in new ways and who seek to gain insight into the complexity and diversity of the global south in order to become global citizens.
Professor Akosua Anyidoho, BA, MA, Ph.D.
Affiliate faculty of Social and Cultural Analysis Department of NYU, NY
Director of NYU Accra
Upcoming Application Deadlines
Priority: February 15
Regular: March 15
Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.