International Students

AKWAABA !!!


CIBT welcomes you to Ghana. As an International Student, you may have many questions about the University and student life (check Q & A). We will offer you a truly rewarding experience that will be with you for a lifetime. You will discover that our people are very friendly and our Institute will offer you great learning opportunities, inside and outside the classroom. We therefore encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity, as we will always be at hand to help and assist you.

We have planned events that will provide you with useful information on our University, Country and Culture. By facing the challenge of studying and living with people with different cultural backgrounds, you will enrich yourself in a very practical way because life in the twenty-first century’s global world has become a multi-cultural experience.

Please do not hesitate to visit our offices should you have any need.

Step 1

Identify / choose your programme. Check if you meet the entry scores and any other minimum entry requirements.

Step 2

Complete the admission application form online or downloaded from our website (on the admissions page). Ensure that all sections are completed and that the declaration is signed and dated.

NOTE: Please indicate your proficiency in the English language.

Step 3

Send the form to the address provided on the Application form.

Step 4

Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application by e-mail and/or post. Successful applicants will receive letters of offer and enrolment pack confirming their admission.

Currency

The Ghanaian currency is the Ghana Cedis (GH¢).
$1 (USD) = GH¢ 4.00 (subject to change).

Tuition fees

Fees are payable per semester. For Fresh students, the total amount of the tuition fees are payable on or before registration. Fees are set for one (1) academic year and thereafter can be revised according to the inflation rates. (Tuition fees can be found on the website under the Admissions’ section).

Residence Permit

Upon your arrival, you are advised to visit the International Students Centre to apply for your residence permits by bringing the following:

  • photocopy of your admission letter
  • 1 photocopy of your current school fee receipt
  • Introductory Letter
  • 2 passport pictures
  • 1 valid passport (not less than 6 months valid)
  • Bio-Data page of Passport
  • GH¢ 150.00 for processing fee (ECOWAS countries)-First Time
  • GH¢ 200.00 for processing fee (Non ECOWAS countries)- First Time

Non- Citizen ID Card

  • 1 Passport size picture
  • $120.00 (For the First time)

NB: All amounts stated above are subject to change.

Important Note: Your passport is the most valuable document when you arrive in Ghana. You must keep your passport in a safe place to avoid losing it. Students are advised to make photocopies of the most important pages of their passports and store them in a different secure place. On arrival in Ghana, all International Students must register with their respective Embassies/High Commissions at their earliest convenience.

Banking

On arrival, you are advised to put your money in the bank as it is not wise to carry a lot of cash around. We have various Automated Teller Machines, (ATM) available 24/7 outside our campuses. Eco bank, GT Bank and Stanbic Bank accept international transactions using VISA/Debit/Credit cards.

Making Calls

Most students at CIBT rely on their cell phones to communicate. Ghana operates the GSM system, which means that you may purchase a phone from any phone shop or accredited distributor of phones and SIM cards in Ghana. Phone cards/recharge cards are easily available for purchase. The country code for Ghana is +233.

Internet Access

CIBT operates a Wireless system in most places on our campus. Any student with a personal laptop can easily access the internet. For safety and security reasons, please be sure not to carry your laptop around at night. Students can also access the Internet at the Computer Lab or the ICT-Directorate. Additionally, there are also a number of commercial cyber cafés located around our campuses.

Where to Eat

Our campus has a restaurant where local and continental dishes are served. Students can have breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Health, Food, Drink and Hygiene

What you eat directly affects your overall health. Making good nutritional choices when overseas can be extremely challenging, especially when you are on the go.

Insects and Mosquitoes

Avoid malaria by using insect repellent creams or sleeping under mosquito nets. All International/Foreign Students should take those precautions since a change in environment may increase vulnerability to disease.

Shopping Hints

You can shop at the Accra Shopping Mall at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange and Achimota, West Hills Shopping Mall, at Weija and Melcom shops all over the country or Makola market in Accra.

Etiquette

Travelling to various parts of Ghana offers an opportunity to know the people and culture. It is however important to know a few tips to help you adjust to the Ghanaian culture and tradition.

Protocols to observe:

  • Always smile at the people you meet.
  • Avoid using the LEFT hand in greeting, receiving or giving anything out, eating or in any other transaction with people as this is seen as a sign of disrespect.
  • When eating local food with your fingers, always eat with your RIGHT HAND should you choose that option.
  • Try as much as possible NEVER to sniff any food or drink offered you before eating it.
  • Be very courteous to older people – they prefer to be addressed as “old-man/old-woman.
  • Try as much as possible to dress decently when going out.
  • Address lectures by their titles and last names. Eg. Prof. Osei, Dr. Frimpong, etc.
  • Avoid open/public show of affection such as kissing and fumbling with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

The legal system in Ghana is based primarily on the British Common Law and Customary Law. The three fundamental principles are:

  • Everyone is equal before the law.
  • An accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.
  • Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law.

As an International Student, you have the full protection of Ghanaian laws. The third principle is especially important. Please note that if you break the laws of the land, you cannot get away with it on the grounds that you did not know that it was an offence.

All students are strongly advised to stay away from narcotics and restricted drugs such as heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Students caught using or dealing in any drugs will be prosecuted and if found guilty, could be sentenced to several years imprisonment.

Ghana offers a host of fun and interesting places to visit. Throughout the year, festivals are celebrated in all the regions of Ghana. They are usually held in grand style and provide a vast display of culture and history.

We are located at: Opposite Ministry of Information, Adjacent GNAT Hall (Teacher’s Hall)

Postal Address: P.O. Box AN 5248, Accra North, Ghana
Call us on: +233 (0)307033547, 307033168, 307033184
Email: registry@cibtghana.net, info@cibtghana.net
Office hours: Monday – Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm. GMT.