Program HighlightsSpend 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.
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 CameroonCompared 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 cooperativeMUFFACameroonAssisting efforts to end hunger, poverty, and socioeconomic injustice; protect the environment; and support indigenous rights atRELUFA, a nonpartisan national network of secular nonprofit organizations and mainstream churches from all regions of CameroonWorking withWomen’s Promotion and Assistance Associationto eradicate illiteracy, prostitution, child abuse, poverty, and human traffickingAdvocating for farmers and other Cameroonians atCitizens Association for the Defense of Collective Interests, a well-known and respected organization that works to change unfair laws and corruption across all of CameroonAssisting in projects such as agricultural investment, women’s entrepreneurial classes, and a girls’ soccer program atBreaking 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 StudyDevelopment theories and best practicesThe immigrant experience of Cameroonians in FranceSocial and political history of Cameroon and Cameroon’s futureSuccesses, challenges, and prospects for development organizations currently working in CameroonSocial, 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 featuresCameroonian culture, dance, and artCameroonian women in development: the transition from the traditional to the “modern” woman, youth opinions on women, and women’s economic empowerment
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SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:All educational costs, including educational excursionsAll accommodations and meals for the full program durationTransportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursionsHealth 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. TheSIT Pell Grant Matchprovides 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.