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SIT Study Abroad Cameroon: Development and Social Change
Paris, France; Yaounde, Cameroon (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
SIT - School for International Training
Program Term(s):
Semester only
Minimum Class Standing:
Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.50
Prerequisites:
No
Previous Language Study Req?:
No
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Language courses offered:
French
Housing Options:
Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Areas of Study:
African Studies, Anthropology, Art, Arts, Culture, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurship, French, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Independent Study, International Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace Studies, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies
Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Internship, Research Project
Program Description:

Europe study abroad programSIT Study Abroad Cameroon: Development and Social Change

Examine development and the changing cultures, politics, and economy of Cameroon and explore the immigrant experience of Cameroonians in France.

Program Highlights

  • Spend a week in France.
  • Choose between an internship and independent study.
  • Explore Cameroonian cultures, dance, and art.
  • Receive intensive French language instruction and learn basic Pidgin English or Fulfulde.
  • Learn about the negative effects indigenous communities face when their traditional way of life is replaced by a “western” lifestyle.
  • Learn from development experts and high-profile Cameroonian leaders.
  • Study, travel, and socialize with Cameroonian students for the majority of the semester.
  • Examine how modernization and westernization are changing society, politics, and the economy in Cameroon. 
  • Hike, swim, and recharge in the beach town of Limbe at the end of the program.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Internships

You can choose to complete an internship during the last four weeks of this program. For this internship, you will be placed with a local Cameroonian organization where you will gain real work experience related to the program’s theme and develop professional skills you can use in your career.
SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper in which you describe, assess, and analyze learning. The paper will also outline the tasks you completed through the internship, professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.
 
Interning in Cameroon
Compared to most countries in the region, Cameroon has had relative political stability since independence, which has permitted investments in agriculture, transport infrastructure, petroleum, and timber. In this sense, Cameroon provides an excellent setting in which to study mainstream development in action and the transitions that occur within a developing society. This internship will place you in an organization at the center of this transition to enable you to appreciate the driving forces and goals of mainstream development practice and how they have been structured.
SIT has partnered with a number of organizations to provide internship placements; alternately, you may complete an internship of your own choosing with approval from the academic director.
 
Sample internships:
  • Providing financial support to women entrepreneurs at nationwide savings and credit cooperative MUFFA Cameroon
  • Assisting efforts to end hunger, poverty, and socioeconomic injustice; protect the environment; and support indigenous rights at RELUFA, a nonpartisan national network of secular nonprofit organizations and mainstream churches from all regions of Cameroon
  • Working with Women’s Promotion and Assistance Association to eradicate illiteracy, prostitution, child abuse, poverty, and human trafficking
  • Advocating for farmers and other Cameroonians at Citizens Association for the Defense of Collective Interests, a well-known and respected organization that works to change unfair laws and corruption across all of Cameroon
  • Assisting in projects such as agricultural investment, women’s entrepreneurial classes, and a girls’ soccer program at Breaking Ground, an organization founded by a former SIT student and her classmates on the principle that a community project can only effectively address the needs of a population if it is conceived, planned, and implemented by the community for whom it is intended

 

Key Topics of Study

  • Development theories and best practices
  • The immigrant experience of Cameroonians in France
  • Social and political history of Cameroon and Cameroon’s future
  • Successes, challenges, and prospects for development organizations currently working in Cameroon
  • Social, economic, and political change within three main ethnic groups—Bamiléké, Anglophones, and Bagyeli (commonly referred to as “pygmies”)—highlighting indigenous development structures, changing cultures, nation-state issues, and cultural aesthetic features
  • Cameroonian culture, dance, and art
  • Cameroonian women in development: the transition from the traditional to the “modern” woman, youth opinions on women, and women’s economic empowerment

 Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION:

SIT programs may be competitive and fill before the application deadline date.

If you are planning to study abroad with SIT, it is in your best interest to apply for Gustavus approval as early as you can, and well prior to the internal Gustavus application deadlines (March 1 for Fall and Sept. 15 for Spring), and some SIT programs may be full by then.