Before You Arrive

Travelling to Ghana (Accra)

We strongly recommend students to find out from our administration if they need a visa to enter and study in Ghana before embarking on the journey to Accra. In any case, you must have a valid international vaccination card. You may come to Accra by road or by plane. If you are coming to Ghana for the first time by road, we recommend that you use the service of a reliable transport company such as STC, ABC, CROSS COUNTRY, UTB, STIF and IMPERIAL. We can also advise you on public transport if you ask us before you arrive.

Airport /coach station pick-up

Eagle Vision Institute can arrange for a transfer service to welcome you at the airport or coach station and take you to your accommodation. Please inform us about your itinerary, date and time of arrival at least three working days before your arrival.

Immigration requirements | Visa and residence permit

Any foreign national planning to reside and study in Ghana for a period of more than three months needs a residence permit.

To study in Ghana, the prospective student should first have an offer of admission from a recognized and accredited Institution in Ghana.

Students other than those coming from ECOWAS countries are required to obtain visas or entry permits before proceeding to Ghana.

The following additional requirements will have to be met irrespective of nationality before the issuance of a residence permit:

  • Should enter with a valid travel document i.e. (passport, ECOWAS Travel Document) and an evidence of admission letter from an accredited institution.
  • To have an offer of approved course from an accredited institution.
  • Show proof of payment of required course fees
  • Should pay the prescribed fees for residence permit.
  • Should complete an application form together with two (2) passport size photographs
  • Non-citizen ID card

    The Ghana Immigration Service requires all foreign nationals to show their non-citizenID card before they are issued with Residence Permit. All new applications or renewals for Residence Permits must be submitted with a copy of the Non-citizen IDCard.

    What is the Non-citizen IDcard?

    The Non-citizen Ghanacard is the national identity card for foreign nationals living in Ghana. All foreign nationals living in Ghana for a total of 90 days or more are required by law to register for their Non-citizen Ghana card. The Card, costing US$ 120.00, shall be used for all transactions which require identification. Foreign nationals living in Ghana who do not have the Non-citizen Ghanacard shall not receive services from the Ghana Immigration Service.

    Money and Living Expenses

    The currency used in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi (GHS).You can change money at bureaux de change or withdraw money from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) with an international ATM card (VISA or MasterCard).We recommend that you do not carry a large amount of cash with you as unfortunately pickpockets operate everywhere and Accra is not an exception. If you are travelling by road, we advise you not to change much money at the entry point (border) as the Ghanaian Cedi is a new currency to you. You may just change a very little amount (perhaps 10.000 FCFA) for your journey.

    We recommend students have a budget of at least US$ 220.00 per month to study in Accra in addition to tuition fees.

    Health

    If you need hospital treatment, you should go to the nearest hospital or healthcare centre. If you need to see a specialist, you may go to our administration for advice or assistance.

    All students who intend to study in Ghana for more than three months are advised to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Over 95% of disease conditions that afflict us are covered by the NHIS. Currently membership fee is less than US$ 15.00 per year.

    Personal Safety

  • Keep your valuables out of sight (your bag, camera or mobile phone for example). This is especially important if you are in a crowded area such as on a bus. There are many pickpockets in Accra, SO BE CAREFUL!
  • If somebody steals your purse/wallet, don’t forget to cancel your credit or ATM cards as soon as possible.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road. Always remember to look BOTH WAYS as traffic may be coming from a different direction to what you are familiar with.
  • Never walk alone late at night!
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the street, change directions or vary your pace.
  • Opening a Bank Account and receiving money

    In order to open a bank account, you will need to ask Reception for a school letter confirming that you are a registered student. You will also need to take your passport to the bank; some banks may ask for a utility bill such as an electricity bill to confirm your address. You may also have to provide a copy of your residence permit.

    Having an account is especially useful when students need to transfer money from their country.

    To receive money through money transfer companies (Western Union, MoneyGram etc.) the only accepted form of identification is an international passport for foreigners. However you can use international ATM cards to withdraw money from several ATMs across Ghana.

    Social Activities

    Eagle Vision Institute organises social activities such as visits to museums, sightseeing tours, entrepreneurship and career development seminars and much more. Our teachers always accompany the students and take pride in ensuring that everyone is involved and having a good time.

    This is one of the best ways to practise your English while having fun at the same time. At Eagle Vision Institute you will form firm friendships, many of which will continue long after you leave the school.

    The weather in Ghana

    Ghana has a tropical climate. The temperature is generally between 21 and 32 °C (70-90°F). There are two rainy seasons, from March to July and from September to October, separated by a short cool dry season in August and a relatively long dry season in south from mid-October to March. The north, also with tropical climate, is dry and falls partly within the Sahelian zone. Annual rain fall in the South averages 2,030mm, but varies greatly throughout the country, with the heaviest rainfall in the south–western part

    About EVI

    Our teachers are all native speakers and certified teachers. They have been chosen for their international teaching experience, their enthusiasm, and above all, their concern for the needs of the students as individuals. This approach is evident in the special care our staff takes with each student, often giving help outside schedules class hours.

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    Brief History

    Eagle Vision Institute started as a TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) preparation centre with two students in 2004 at Kotobabi Down, Accra. It was the dream of two young people: Comlan Juvence BABAGBETO and his wife, Nonkar Jaelle OULATAR. Two years later, the centre had to relocate at Kokomlemle. Read More

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