Dickinson’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.
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.
Fieldwork based coursework including Contemporary Cameroon core course
Direct enrollment opportunity at UCAC for students with French
Francophone or Anglophone Homestay
ACADEMICS AND INTERNSHIPS
Students take courses at the Dickinson Center in a range of topics taught by faculty members from the University of Yaoundé I, the oldest university in Cameroon specializing in the arts and humanities. Students with advanced French may directly enroll at the Universite Catholique d’Afrique Centrale. The practicum course, Contemporary Cameroon, culminates in a paper and presentation based on a specialized independent study topic or internship-related experience. Internships are available at a variety of organizations from government, women’s empowerment, development, the environment, to education and health.
Students are introduced to Cameroon through a series of excursions related to contemporary Cameroon. Sites include Kribi, Mbalmayo, Bafoussam, and others.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Most students live with Anglophone or Francophone homestay families, who prepare meals. Families are carefully selected for each student. Furnished single rooms in the center are available to those who choose not to live with a family.
As program director, Teku Tanyi Teku ensures that the program’s logistical arrangements, infrastructure and health and safety protocols meet the needs of faculty and students. He is well-suited to support students, as he spent a year on Dickinson’s campus as an exchange student, has a degree in psychology and is a bridge between American and Cameroonian culture. The on-campus coordinator is Associate Professor of Africana Studies Lynn Johnson.
Spring: Late January to mid-June. Applications are due by September 21.
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.
“Studying abroad in Cameroon allowed me to immerse in a new culture and grow so much as an individual and a student. I was able to deepen my academic interest in public health through conducting field research supported by research grants I received from global ed and the Community Studies Center. These grants gave me opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from Dickinson and bridge my study abroad experience with my Dickinson education.”
—Faith Park ’16 (self-developed major)
Dickinson Majors with Dickinson in New Zealand Program
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Don’t see your major? Connect with us. This program could still be a good fit for you.
Non-Dickinson Student Information
This program is not currently open for non-Dickinson students. Check our list of available programs here.
GLOBAL PHOTO GALLERY
See community photos of the global Dickinson program cities, as well as professional photography of the surrounding regions.