Ghana Institute of Languages


Welcome to the Ghana Institute of Languages. By visiting our website, you have become part of one of Ghana's unique institutions of higher learning in the area of modern languages, and the first of its type in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL) is a tertiary institution that was established in 1961 with the aim of helping promote African unity through the teaching of non-Ghanaian languages. The Institute also has the mandate the Government on issues relating to language policy.

It carries out the teaching of English, French, German, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian at beginner, intermediate and proficiency levels, and also carries out research in and about the teaching of these languages. We also offer professionally relevant courses in bilingual secretaryship and translation, which give our graduates ready employment at home and abroad.

We used to teach Swahili and Hausa, but these have been discontinued due to lack of patronage and/or teachers. We hope to reintroduce them as soon as conditions permit. Plans are however advanced for the introduction of Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Korean, as these languages have become major players on the industrial and economic stage in Ghana and around the world.