7 International Students Tell Us How Likely They Are To Recommend Ghana To Other People

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Ever wondered what international students picture when it comes to studying in your country, Ghana? Whatever your answer is, I’m bringing you some opinions from my pals who are, likewise, international students being hosted in Ghana. Let’s get to it, shall we?

The Idea Of Studying In Ghana

For most international students, when it comes to studying in a different country, we have expectations about the lifestyle, the experience of going on adventure, seeing business dynamics between here and our home countries as well as gaining some new knowledge. Other international students don’t expect too much and are just happy to go along with the vibe.

Experience & Knowledge

Cia, student at University of Ghana, Legon:

“It was a great idea for me … it was a new experience and I was kinda going off on an adventure in another country.”

Well, who doesn’t like an adventure?

Osiris, a student at Wisconsin International University and College emphasized knowledge; after all, knowledge is power:

“I knew this was a great opportunity for me to speak English and improve.”

Business Dynamics & Lifestyle

Others like Geoffrey who anticipated the lifestyle and business dynamics in English-speaking countries like Ghana were excited to be here:

“To me they have best way to live , to celebrate life and to succeed in business.”

Vibezzz

Though others had their expectations, some were more like, “let’s see, yeah?”

“I did not have any thoughts on it. I came here on a hunch and I just allowed myself to dive into the new environment,” said Artemas, student at Lancaster University Ghana.

In the same vein another student, Cisca said, “… really didn’t think about it.” Actually, it’s probably great to have no expectations and just flow with things.

First Thoughts A Week After Settling In The Country

This! Let me go first. Newly in the country, the first thing that got my attention was the roads. I was around Achimota Mall and to cross to the other side, I had to walk a really long distance to make a U-turn😳 frr. Haha, let’s see some other first thoughts.

Transportation & High Cost Of Living

As a new comer, Cia found it, “… really hard … I didn’t know anywhere I was going and somehow I had to manage with the transportation fare wherever that place was.”

From point A to point B, transportation is needed in Ghana. Where from the high cost in transportation?

Talking about expensiveness, Osiris’ first thoughts and what he still thinks is, “Ghana is very attractive, but to get these attractions is very expensive.”

Wisl, a student at KNUST joined him saying it is, “nice but expensive.” Hm!

Wrong Stigmas

Abimbola, student at Lancaster University, Ghana, met the stigma that exists against Nigerians:

“There was an invisible stigma that many Nigerian men are bad socialites, but this did not sit well with me, as I am the complete opposite. However, the level of hospitality from my accommodation and school was very good.”

We must learn to get to know people before judging, we aren’t all same.

It Is Way Too Hot In Ghana

We can’t possibly end without the talking about the natural factor that incites, “damn this sun will kill me soon” and other spontaneous comments from Geoffrey. Hahaha, no joke that was his first thought and what he’s thought for a very long time. Yet, he never died lol.

Newbie Syndrome

Being new in a totally different environment can be difficult, as Artemas expressed, “I felt lonely because I missed my closest friends.”

Ghanaian Behavior Regarding Strangers

There are obviously going to be varieties of opinions, but let’s see what some of those are.

Ps: referring to the previous point, let’s learn not to judge people together. These are biases.

Kindness

Cisca experienced both kindness and scariness:

“Some were really friendly, especially when I mentioned that I was coming from a francophone country; and some were afraid because that country was Benin” saying it this way sounds so funny lmao. No hard feelings hihi.

Supported by Cia, “for the few Ghanaians I got the chance to know, they are really friendly.”

They really are that friendly 🤗

Great Hosts & Curious

“Some Ghanaians are very hospitable and willing to help a stranger complete a process or teach them how to entertain themselves.” Um, “some” Abimbola? Meaning there’s two facets of things, okaay!

Artemas seconds that, “some are curious and helpful while others prefer staying in their corner. We can’t generalize because I experienced both.”

Payable Help

When help becomes a business transaction, it can be disappointing to outsider as Osiris says, “they are helpful when they know they can get a reward (financial reward) from you. For them, strangers are rich. And that’s bad.”

Ouch! I understand your feelings, nevertheless we owe respect and love to Ghana.

Force Hands

No good without bad, right? According to Geoffrey, “Ghanaians don’t really like strangers. Unless you show them you want to be like them. They don’t like foreigners but they like foreigners that speak their native language or at least try. Some are friendly. But they don’t like to share with strangers.”

We’ve been taught that when you get to a place, act like them. That’s probably the lesson they are passing on, who knows?

Student Life In Ghana

Wherever it says student life I see paaartyyyyy 🤪!!! Don’t get me wrong, haha, I also mean studies; including the seriousness of the school system, buuuut we all know what we know.

An Enjoyable & Relaxed System

According to Cia, student at Legon, student life is:

“tiring, but the system is relaxed. I was a little deceived by the system and the way that we international students are treated.”

Compared to francophone countries, Osiris agreed, schooling in Ghana is “more relaxed than the Francophones system.”

I second that 😩, more time to party 😝.

Third by Geoffrey, “They found a way to mix studies and fun and that makes schooling a real pleasure.”

“Ghana is a youthful nation, and as such, student life is quite exciting and can be enjoyed” Abimbola stated, and then he added, “the education system gives a quality education, but does not capitalize on teaching life skills, which would create methods to sustain job positions and career growth.”

Hope this part gets to the head of colleges.

How Likely We Are To Recommend Ghana To Others

Yes for the recommendations. Personally, I definitely will for the sake of experience, knowledge and diversity.

Limitations:

Most students will recommend Ghana. Though others would rather recommend studying abroad. Here’s what Abimbola has to say “I would partially recommend studying in Ghana to others, but for full job security and opportunities with no hassle or stress, it is better to study abroad.

Geoffrey in the same logic, “Studying in Ghana is a good opportunity but not the best. Very far from the best opportunity. And we are looking for the best, right?”

You said it!

Ghana is home for lots of international students, and because it’s a youthful nation, it’s easy to always have a good time, ‘when money dey lol’. Of course, without forgetting fulfilling the most important, and the main aim that brought us to Ghana.

Whatever the country, it’s better to always get the best out of it. We are the future! Let’s hoe today, tomorrow we will lead, right?

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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