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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, French Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Economics, Education, French, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Internships, Liberal Arts, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Politics, Social Policy, Sociology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone Language level: French 2, 22, or the equivalent
GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Cameroon: Development and Social Change 

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.  

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


Cameroon, an ethnically diverse and rapidly changing country, is an ideal setting in which to study development. Alongside Cameroonian college students, you’ll discuss project sustainability, funding sources, and beneficiary involvement in project design and implementation with development experts and high-profile political leaders. Focusing on three major socio-cultural groups—Bamiléké, Bagyeli, and Anglophones—you’ll discover the complex relationships between development, modernization, and social change. You’ll also explore Cameroonian migration to France during a week in Paris. 


  • Social and political history of Cameroon and Cameroon’s future 
  • Development theories and best practices 
  • Cameroonian culture, dance, and art 
  • Women’s transition from traditional to “modern” 
  • The Cameroonian immigrant experience in France 


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information. ? 



Academic Program
The semester begins with a one-week orientation in Yaoundé. After the initial orientation, the following components of the academic program begin:

Development Studies (0.75 Pomona credits)
Modernization and Social Change in Cameroon (0.75 Pomona credits)
French for Development Studies (0.75 Pomona credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (0.75 Pomona credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (1.0 Pomona credit)

Each semester, a small number of Cameroonian students enrolled in local graduate programs participate in the program alongside U.S.-based students.   

There is no CR/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live in homestays in Yaoundé. During program excursions, students stay in homestays, hostels, and camping accommodations. 

Number of Students
SIT enrolls approximately 10 – 20 students, selected from a national pool.

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

Faculty Liaison
Pierre Englebert

  • Completion of intermediate French (French 2 or 22), or the equivalent, and the ability to follow coursework in French.

A college-level background course with African content is highly recommended. 

Student Experiences

Click here to read Marianna Heckendorn's (PO '16) reflection on her semester in Cameroon.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA