Accra, Ghana – Ghanaian students continue to choose the United States as a top destination for higher education. The 2022 Open Doors Report released today confirms that 4,916 Ghanaian students graduated from US colleges and universities in their final academic year (2021-2022). This represents a 16 percent increase over the previous year and continues a long-term growth trend among Ghanaian students.
“Higher education institutions in the US offer world-class learning experiences. Our team has been working hard this year to help students with the application, admissions and visa process. We are so proud that more and more Ghanaian students are choosing the United States,” said US Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer.
Ghanaian students studied in 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 (second only to Nigeria). Ghana is also now in 18th placeth in the world for countries sending students to the United States for graduate programs.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment of new international students in the United States rebounded this year — the total number of international students enrolled at U.S. institutions increased by four percent. The United States remains the top destination for international education, with over 948,000 enrolled students.
Ghanaian student Philip De-Graft, a freshman at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., is a member of the school’s Presidential and Bonner Scholarship programs. Philip is the first in his family to go to university. “EducationUSA provided me with reliable information and helped me choose the most suitable institution for me. From exam prep to essay review to visa process and pre-departure orientation, we had a great relationship. Even after I was helped to get a full scholarship, EducationUSA’s Opportunity Fund Program helped me pay for the application fee and travel expenses,” Philip noted in a conversation with EducationUSA.
Mohammed Mabrouk Halid was completing his national service at Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning when he met a US university alumnus. He was soon applying to graduate programs in the United States with the help of EducationUSA. After graduating with a Master of Arts in Finance from Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri), he is now a graduate student at the University of the Cumberlands.
“Success is a journey, not a destination,” concludes Halid.
The US Embassy has worked closely with prospective students over the past year, helping students admitted to US colleges and universities through the visa process and other preparations. The US Embassy processed more than 7,000 student visa cases in the last fiscal year, breaking all previous records.
The US Embassy continues to engage with prospective Ghanaian students through EducationUSA, the US Department of State’s educational advisor network. Through online and in-person informational events, EducationUSA has reached more than 200,000 Ghanaian students this year, 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 student counseling.
This week, a team from the US Embassy is visiting 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 and local students to provide information about studying in the United States. Further information and registration for the events in Tamale and Bolgatanga can be found at https://bit.ly/Tamale-Bolga
Ghanaian students interested in studying in the United States can follow the US Embassy on Facebook (@USEmbassyGhana) for virtual and in-person informational sessions and future opportunities. For personal educational advice at the US EducationUSA Advising Center see: https://gh.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educationusa-center/