Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Yaoundé

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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.As its economic and political capital,... read more

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I examined my privilege a lot as a person . It gets me to approach and admire the way Cameroonians get through life despite hardship and in a way, inspire me to explore my spirituality - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 04, 2023 What A Time It Was
Yes I learned about a whole new culture and so many other things it was extraordinary. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
I learned how to listen better, to opposing ideas as well as to criticism. I learned some much-needed patience, humility, and grit. I picked up some new hobbies (like photography), encouraged by program peers and mentors. I learned how to manage cross-cultural personal relationships, picking up some conflict-resolution and crisi... - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
I learned SO much. Every day was an amazing adventure! The city is so colorful and amazing and in many ways I want to go back and just live another day in my life there! I learned to cope with various struggles and frustrations, but also how to explore a city-myself and the other student went on super cool hikes and adventures i... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Yaoundé
I learned a lot about the Cameroonian culture, history, people and many languages. I also learned about governmental and economic issues and I was able to put things I had heard about central Africa into context in order to better understand them. - College of the Holy Cross View Entire Review
Language skills and SO much about Cameroonian culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about Central African culture and the issues and obstacles to development in foreign countries. This is exactly the knowledge I needed to understand my major. It was worth it because I learned more about myself and my interests. - Tulane University View Entire Review
My experience abroad was incredibly worthwhile. I gained perspective (being a minority for the first time, but also a privileged minority as a white person in an very poor country that is still impacted by its colonization). I gained a lot of language skills. I also gained good friends, especially in my host family and another A... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained both a better cultural understanding of Cameroon, better french skills, and better understanding of the continued exploitation of Africa by the west. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This experience was immersive linguistically and culturally and forced me to reconsider my own national identity and culture. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I gained a new family, a new home, new friends. I improved my French. I gained an understanding of the discrepancy between what people think of Cameroon and what the reality is. I learned and lived daily political corruption but was able to - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned about Cameroonian cultural as well as American culture. I was often pushed outside of my comfort zone but it was always very rewarding at the end of the day. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained life long friends, language skills, a new cultural awareness, and a few pounds (thanks to all the street food). "Il faut profiter" is a saying you'll hear every single day in Cameroon- it means you have to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of every situation, and I definitely did that. - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about being adaptable and how to be an international traveler in different settings. International travel guidelines and strategies do not work for every country. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
July 20, 2022 Ekie!
Language growth, personal growth, academic growth, cultural sensitivity - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I learned more about my double identity as a Haitian-American and I gained more of understanding of what my family went through while they grew up in Haiti. I gained more of an appreciation of having a family as I felt I have gotten closer with mine and my host family over shared experiences. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Language acquisition, cultural insights, lifelong friendships. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I learned how to adapt to a new living environment; I learned how to cope to uncomfortable situations in a new language; I experienced a beautiful country in which people live, eat, and interact in different manners than I was used to. I made connections with people that I would never have met without this program, especially my... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Yaoundé
I learned about Cameroon the folks who live there and their culture and I think that was the most valuable. Simply spending time with my host family or with other students exploring corners of the city was probably the most valuable for me. Anything that involved interacting with other people challenged me to use my language ski... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
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I learned a lot about myself and about global and economic relations - Kenyon College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Yaoundé
I learned SO MUCH about the world. I learned about cultural differences, privilege, colonialism, and my French improved a ton. My worldview has definitely changed, and this semester was easily the best and most transformative semester of my life. - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
I learned how to interact with people my age from a different background. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
An understanding of just how vast and diverse the world is, and of the remarkable ways that foreign cultures can feel both extremely similar and extremely different from my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how I respond under stressful and difficult situations - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned what its like to be uncomfortable a lot of the time and I learned what it feels like to finally be comfortable in a place where you were once very uncomfortable. I learned how to be alone in a place where I didn't know a lot of people and didn't speak the language. I learned how to think and speak in another language. ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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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.

As its 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 on the Middlebury program in Cameroon will be able to take courses in several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Africa--based in Yaoundé, Cameroon--affords students true cultural immersion alongside rigorous academic study. Intended for students with advanced French language skills, the Middlebury program 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.

Students enroll in courses specially designed for students on the Middlebury program, but which are open to Cameroonian students as well; they may also select from the university's general catalog.  The program provides a diverse curriculum, with all courses conducted in French.




Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • French Language, Literature
  • Psychology
  • Music
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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