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Cameroon: Yaounde

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Cameroon Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Central African history, arts, anthropology, economic development, politics, religion, sociology, and French language.

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)


Program Dates
Fall semester: early September to mid-December. Spring semester: late January to mid-May.

Faculty Liaison
Pierre Englebert

SIT: Social Pluralism and Development

Stretching from the fringes of the Sahara in the north to the borders of Congo and Gabon in the south, Cameroon is a striking study in diversity. The country’s four distinct geographic regions encompass everything from lush rain forests to rugged volcanic peaks, from spectacular waterfalls to the cruel beauty of the desert landscape. And Cameroon’s ethnic make-up is no less varied than its geography. The north is populated by Hausa, Fulbé, Sudanese, and Choa Arab peoples; in the west the Bamiléké are the largest ethnic group, followed by the Tiker and the Bamoun; and the area south of the River Sanaga is home to several Bantu groups, including Fang, Ewondo, Boulou, Eton, Bassa, Bakoko, and Douala. Combined with Cameroon’s colonial past of German, French, and British occupation, the country has a complicated ethnic identity.

The School for International Training’s (SIT) Social Pluralism and Development Program is based in the capital city of Yaoundé. The program devotes itself to examining several contrasting influences in this diverse country, including urban and rural sociological factors, colonial and independent historical heritages, Anglophone and Francophone cultural facets, and rain forest and desert geography.

Academic Program

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

French for Development Studies (0.75 Pomona credits)
Development and Social Change in Cameroon (0.75 Pomona credits)
Social Pluralism and Minorities (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 P/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 15 – 20 students, selected from a national pool.


  • Completion of intermediate French (French 33), or the equivalent, and the ability to follow coursework in French.
  • 7.5 GPA required.

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

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