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  • Locations: Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: French
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: standard of 4 courses/semester Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: One literature, culture, or other content course taught in French
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 2 years of college-level French Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African and African American Studies, Arts & Humanities, French and Francophone Studies, International Comparative Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology
Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see http://globaled.duke.edu/finances/study-abroad-fee.


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 committed 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 studying 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.