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Last Published: 3/2/2017


The United States remains the destination of choice in higher education according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors® 2016. In the 2015/2016 academic year, the United States hosted nearly one million international students, almost double the number hosted by the United Kingdom, the second leading destination country.

Last year, the number of Ghanaians studying in the United States increased 6.3 percent. Ghana surpassed Kenya to become the second largest sender of students from Africa, trailing only Nigeria. Currently, more than 3,000 Ghanaian students are spread among 600 universities and colleges in all 50 American states. U.S.-Ghana educational exchange is mutual: Ghana is a popular study abroad destination for Americans, as well, ranking second in Africa, after South Africa, with more than 2,300 Americans earning credit at Ghanaian universities last year.

Market Entry

As the U.S. government works to increase the number of students from Sub-Saharan Africa who study in the United States, trade missions offer the opportunity to interact with students, learn more about their educational goals and interests, and share opportunities that U.S. institutions have available.

Current Demand

Africa presents a number of opportunities for U.S. institutions seeking to globalize their campuses. Outwardly mobile students make up 25 percent of all students on the African continent—the highest rate in the world. Enhancing education and expanding study abroad opportunities for African students—future leaders and innovators—better prepares young people for the 21st century global workforce and economic opportunities.

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Ghana Education Trade Development and Promotion