School in Cameroon: Yaoundé

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Program Description

The Middlebury School in Cameroon offers an exceptional academic program to undergraduates at U.S. colleges and universities. Students who have completed five semesters of French training are invited to participate in the program under the Middlebury Language Pledge®, a commitment to speak exclusively the target language for the duration of their time abroad.

Students take a combination of the following types of courses:
1. Courses in culture, social sciences, language, and literature organized for program participants and taught by local faculty in French
2. Courses alongside Cameroonian students at Université catholique de l’Afrique centrale
3. Credit-bearing internships

Cameroon is often described as "Africa in miniature" because it exhibits all major climates of the continent. Home to roughly 240 ethnic groups, with as many distinct language and dialects, diversity abounds. As Cameroon's economic and political capital, Yaoundé is an ideal place for immersion into Francophone African life.

Linguistic development and cultural understanding are at the core of the Middlebury Schools Abroad, and students have many opportunities for immersion, from coursework entirely in French to housing with local families; from internships and volunteer work to activities among the student body of Université catholique de l’Afrique centrale. Our goal is to provide an enriching academic experience and to help students to actively engage in their new environment.


All course work is conducted entirely in French
Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
Direct enrollment at the Middlebury College Center Yaoundé and at Université catholique de l’Afrique centrale, alongside Cameroonian students
Courses in humanities and social sciences
Housing with local families
Internships available in many fields
One group excursion per semester
Cocurricular activities
On-site staff in Yaoundé

What`s Included

Semester tuition, program director, housing, orientation, cultural activities, insurance, excursions and/or limited cultural reimbursements


African Studies, Anthropology, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Foreign Language, French, History, Intensive Language, Languages / Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science/Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology

Program Locations

Yaoundé, Cameroon

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Program Details

Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
  • Cameroon: Yaoundé
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Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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