Local and Global Intersections in Yaoundé
Dickinson and SIT’s long presence in Yaoundé and dynamic on-site staff and faculty provides students opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of West Africa and of Cameroonian culture and society. Through selected courses in humanities and social sciences with significant fieldwork experiences, a vibrant homestay program and internship and research opportunities, students become active participants in the local culture and make lasting connections to the people and place.
Cameroon is a diverse nation in terms of population and geography. Its 27 million people represent between 130 and 200 ethnic groups speaking some 280 languages, and its landscape ranges from sub-Saharan in the north to thick rain-forest in the south and southeast parts of which receive more than 200 inches of rain each year. Yaoundé is located in a hilly part of the country and therefore enjoys a cooler climate than might be expected for a city just north of the equator.
English and French are the main languages in Cameroon. While Yaoundé is located in the French speaking part of the country, there is no language requirement for this program. All students, regardless of French language ability, will take a French language course during the program.
- This program meets the needs of Francophone learners at all levels
- Internship and fieldwork based coursework opportunities
- Direct enrollment opportunity at Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC) for students with French (spring only)
- Francophone or Anglophone Homestay
Dickinson students must apply through and be approved by Dickinson. Students’ application materials will be forwarded to SIT. Dickinson students should not apply through SIT directly.
NOTE: If you are not a Dickinson student, you must apply through SIT directly. Information about how to apply as a non-Dickinson student is available on the SIT website.
|Academic Area of Study
|Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, French, History, International Studies, Internships, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies
|Language of Instruction
|Foreign Language Prerequisite
This program is intended for students who are ready to handle autonomy and able to adapt to some degree of difficulty. The expectations to apply for this program are as follows:
- 2.5 GPA
- No language requirement; one semester of French strongly encouraged
- Interviews may be conducted in order to review a candidate’s eligibility for this program.
- A demonstrated academic interest in the program
This program is intended for students who are ready to handle autonomy and able to adapt to some degree of difficulty. There is no language requirement, but multiple semesters of French are highly recommended. All students must have a declared major at the time of application.
Meeting the program’s qualifications does not guarantee admission into the program. As a part of the review process a student’s conduct record and academic record are reviewed. Students who have questions about the review process or their candidacy for a program should make an appointment with the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising. Center staff will not discuss a student’s application with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation. CGSE cannot review applications from students with account holds.
Teku Tanyi Teku, Administrative Director
Dickinson in Cameroon
The program is supervised by Teku Tanyi Teku. He has been involved with the Dickinson program for a number of years, acting first as an advisor to students and coordinator of academic excursions. As the program director, his responsibilities range from home-stay coordination to general management, as well as taking students on excursion. He is available to ensure that students are enrolled in the proper courses, excursions are planned in coordination with the academic program and students’ basic needs are met. Together with an Academic Coordinator, he also oversees contributing faculty, academic integration with the Carlisle campus and the internship component of the program.