The following resources are intended for students who plan to study away at NYU Accra for a semester or full academic year. Students participating in short-term programs should visit our Visa Short-Term Travel page for more information.
Have you been accepted to NYU Accra? Congratulations! Read on to find out how to get your visa for Ghana. For information on study away details and living recommendations, contact the Office of Global Programs or go to the NYU Accra page.
ALL STUDENTS attending NYU Accra must have a Student Visa in order to study in Ghana unless the student holds a passport from Ghana, an ECOWAS Member State or other exempt country.
Visa information: Visa required prior to entry. You must have a Yellow Fever Vaccine to enter the country. NYU Health Center provides travel medical services.
The earliest time to apply for your Ghanaian visa is 3 months (90 days) before the NYU Accra semester start date. The average visa processing time is 2-4 weeks.
Please note: access to links below will be granted upon admission to the semester or academic year away.
If you do not have a passport or need to renew yours, use an expedited method to obtain it immediately. OGS will not be able to request the necessary immigration documents for you until you have a valid passport.
*Please Note: There some people who should not receive the yellow fever vaccine and may obtain a waiver from their doctor. Please see the Center for Disease Control's information on the vaccine for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Per immigration regulations, all immigration documents (NYU support letters, visas, residence permits, etc.) will reflect the information indicated in your passport. If you have been admitted to study at an NYU site abroad and are in the process of changing your name, gender, or any biographical information on your passport, we encourage you to complete that process before applying for a visa. If timing will not allow for this, we recommend that you wait to formalize these changes until you have returned from your semester or academic year away. Please contact OGS if you have any questions.
It can take 2-4 weeks for the consulate to process your visa. Please keep in mind that you must surrender your passport for the entirety of the visa process.
Once you have your visa, you're ready to go! Please upload a copy of the visa to OGS via your Enrollment Portal. Be sure to keep proof of your yellow fever vaccination with your passport when traveling.
If you are staying in Ghana for over 3 months (90 days) and are not a citizen of Ghana, you must obtain a Non-Citizen Registration Card after arrival. The NYU Accra Site Staff will assist you with the process.
If you are an F-1 student, to keep your F-1 status while abroad, you must:
If you are a J-1 student:
Are you an international student and want to study or travel outside the US for more than 5 months? Contact us.