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 languages and dialects, diversity abounds. The Middlebury School in Cameroon, based in Yaoundé, affords students true cultural immersion alongside rigorous academic study.
Students on the program come in at the intermediate-advanced level of French and are commited to developing their language skills. By adhering to the Middlebury Language Pledge, they reap the benefits of linguistic immersion for the duration of their time abroad. By living and studying with Cameroonians and involving themselves in the community through volunteer work, internships, and extracurricular activities, they have the chance to build authentic relationships and integrate fully into life in Yaoundé.
As its economic and political capital, Yaoundé is an ideal place for immersion into Francophone African life. Based at the Université catholique d’Afrique centrale, with all classes conducted entirely in French, students on this study abroad program will be able to take courses at the Middlebury College Center and alongside their Cameroonian peers at the university in several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.