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  • Locations: Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: French Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, French, History, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Medumba, Music, Politics, Sociology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 3.0 Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid
Language level: French 100-level course or the equivalent GPA: 2.7
GPA in major: 3.0
Program Description:
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Intended for students with advanced French language skills, the School in Cameroon enables students to increase their language abilities through housing and interaction with native speakers. Whether spending time with house mates, in classes, or in the city, students use their language in a very real immersion environment.

As Cameroon's economic and political capital, Yaoundé is an ideal place for immersion into Francophone African life.  Based at the Université Catholique de l'Afrique Centrale, with all classes conducted entirely in French, students at the Middlebury School in Cameroon will be able to take courses in several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, with direct enrollment as an option for more advanced students of French.

Academic Program
Each semester, students will take two program courses at the Middlebury center that focus on culture, social sciences, language, and literature. These will be taught in French by local faculty. The Université catholique d’Afrique centrale enrolls 4,000 students. You’ll take intensive courses at the university for 4-6 weeks alongside Cameroonian students in the beginning of the semester, then take either two courses of 36 credit hours or three courses of 24 credit hours.

​​​Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on Cameroon.

Pomona students take the equivalent of 4.0 Middlebury credits for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits.

In addition to the academic program, the Middlebury program director and other staff lead a group trip. This is a great way for students to get to see village life in Cameroon under the guidance of local experts.

Students are also strongly encouraged to get involved in independent co-curricular activities.

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the Middlebury study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students live with local families and commute to the campus each day for class. Pomona provides a local transportation and meal allowance to cover lunches not included in the homestay.

Number of students
Middlebury enrolls approximately 1-10 students.

Host Institutions
Middlebury Schools Abroad
Université Catholique de l'Afrique Centrale

Conflict Transformation Grant Opportunity
The School in Cameroon has $4,000 stipends available for students doing research projects related to Conflict Transformation

Faculty Liaison
David Divita

Completion of an upper-division French course (100-level or higher), or the equivalent.

All students are expected to enroll in a French course the semester prior to the term abroad.

Travel Advisories
Department of State 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA