Accra, Ghana – Ghanaian students continue to choose the United States as their destination of choice for higher education. The Open Doors 2022 report released today confirms that 4,916 Ghanaian students studied at US colleges and universities in the most recent academic year (2021-2022). This represents a 16% increase over the previous year and continues a long-term growth trend among Ghanaian students.
“American institutions of higher education offer world-class learning experiences. Our team has worked hard to help students with the application, admissions and visa process this year. We are so proud that more Ghanaian students are choosing the United States,” said US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer.
Ghanaian students studied at 700 US colleges and universities in all 50 US states in 2021-2022. Among sub-Saharan African countries, Ghana sends the second highest number of students (just behind Nigeria). Ghana also now ranks 18e in the world for countries that send students to the United States for graduate programs.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, new international student enrollments in the United States have rebounded this year – the total number of international students enrolled at US institutions increased by 4%. The United States remains the top destination for international education with over 948,000 students enrolled.
Ghanaian student Philip De-Graft, a freshman at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, is a member of the school’s Presidential and Bonner Scholar programs. Philip is the first person in his family to attend university. “EducationUSA provided me with reliable information and helped me select the school that was right for me. From preparing for tests and reviewing essays, to the visa process and pre-departure orientation, we had a great relationship. Even after helping me land a full scholarship, EducationUSA’s Opportunity Fund program helped me with application fees and travel expenses,” Philip noted in conversation with EducationUSA.
Mohammed Mabrouk Halid was completing his military service at the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning when he met a former student of an American university. Soon, with the help of EducationUSA, he applied for graduate programs in the United States. After earning a Master of Arts in Finance from Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri), he is now a PhD candidate at the University of the Cumberlands.
“Success is a journey, not a destination,” concludes Halid.
The U.S. Embassy has worked closely with prospective students over the past year, helping students accepted into U.S. colleges and universities navigate the visa process and other preparations. The U.S. Embassy processed over 7,000 student visa applications last fiscal year, breaking all previous records.
Through EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s network of education advisors, the U.S. Embassy continued to engage prospective Ghanaian students. Through online and in-person information sessions this year, EducationUSA reached more than 200,000 Ghanaian students, including nearly 3,000 students who attended the EducationUSA College Fair in Accra in September 2022. EducationUSA maintains counseling centers in Accra and Kumasi for virtual and in-person students. advise.
This week, a team from the United States Embassy is traveling to Tamale, Northern Region and Bolgatanga, Upper East Region as part of the American Spaces and EducationUSA Roadshow. With events in both cities, November 14-17, the team will engage local entrepreneurs in training sessions, as well as local students to provide information on studying in the United States. For more information and to register for events in Tamale and Bolgatanga, visit https://bit.ly/Tamale-Bolga
Ghanaian students interested in studying in the United States can follow the U.S. Embassy Facebook page (@USEmbassyGhana) for virtual and in-person information sessions and future opportunities. For in-person educational counseling at the US EducationUSA Advising Center, see: https://gh.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educationusa-center/