Tips for Living in Accra and Preparing for Ghana

NYU Accra alum, Jeanell Allen, has kindly created a thorough list of her tips for your time in Ghana. Take a peek at some highlights in the slideshow below, or download the full document.

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Recommended Books for Purchasing- Fall 2014 Courses

If you are signed up or interested in taking any of the following courses, you should purchase and bring the listed book(s):

African Popular Music Class

  • Plageman, Nate. Highlife Saturday Night. Indiana University Press: USA, 2013.

African Women Speak Class

  • Angelou, Maya. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes. New York: Random House, 1986. (ISBN 978-0-679-73404-8)
  • Angelou, Maya. Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women. New York: Random House, 1995. (ISBN 0-679-439242)
  • Angelou, Maya. Mom & Me & Mom. New York: Random House, 2013. (ISBN 978-1-4000- 6611-7)

Art History: Special Topics in Non-Western Arts Class

  • Willett, Frank. African Art. Thames & Hudson Inc. 500,Fifth Avenue, New York, USA, 1993.
  • Strickland, Carol. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art- History From Prehistoric to Post Modern. John Boswell Inc, 2007. (Order through Andrews McMeel Pub LLC.4520 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. ISBN -10:0-8362-8005-9)

Community Psychology Class

  • Rudkin, Jennifer K. Community Psychology: Guiding Principles and Orienting Concepts. Pearson; 1 edition, 2002.
  •  Duffy, Karen G; Moritsugu, John; Vera, Elizabeth; and Frank Wong. Community Psychology. Pearson, 5th Edition, 2013.

Global Nutrition: The African Perspective Class

  • Richard David, Bloem, Martin W. (Eds.). Nutrition and Health in Developing Countries. Series: Nutrition and Health Semba, 2nd ed. 2008, XXIII, 933p. 127 illus. A product of Humana Press

Health and Society Class

  • Addae, Stephen. Evolution of Modern Medicine in a Developing Country: Ghana: 1880 – 1960. London: Durham, 1996.
  • Chuks, J. Mba and Stephen O. Kwankye. Population, Health and Development in Ghana. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2007.
  • Ghana Statistical Service and ICF Macro (2009). Ghana Demographic and Health Survey -2008. Calverton: Maryland USA.

History Of The Atlantic Slave Trade Class

  • Herbstein, Manu. Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade. e-reads publications, 2001.
  • Getz, Trevor R and Liz Clarke. Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years A Slave: A True Story. London: William Collins, 2014. (This edition was published in the United Kingdom. But students can buy any edition published in the US).
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NYU Student ID Cards

Getting your NYU student ID, known around campus as your NYUCard, is now easier than ever.

Visiting students/first-time card holders: visit to submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center team, have your NYUCard created. Photos approved by August 4 will be processed and sent to your study away site ahead of your arrival.

Note: You must be registered for 12-18 credits for your ID to be successfully created.

Current and returning students: Please remember to bring your NYU ID card with you to your study away site!

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What Should I Have Done By Now?

By now, you should have already:

Please make sure you’re on top of your to-dos!

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New York Consulate Website

The Website for the New York Consulate is down. For a copy of the visa application for the New York Consulate click here.

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Apply For Your Visa

At this point you should have submitted your visa application. Please contact OGS at if you have any questions.

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Housing Assignments To Come

Now that you have completed your housing application within the Study Away Confirmation Portal, I know many of you can’t wait to find out your housing assignments. Thank you for your patience as these placements are confirmed. You’ll receive an email from Accra staff approximately two weeks before arrival with details about your living arrangements for the coming semester.

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