Study Abroad in Africa

Curious about studying abroad? The best way to get started is to schedule an appointment by emailing us or attending one of the many study abroad events held on campus throughout the semester. You can also check out how to apply.

SIT Cameroon: Development and Social Change

Study in Yaounde, Cameroon: a unique city affected by German, Belgian, and French influences which now stands as the country’s commercial and communications hub.

Host Institution: The SIT Cameroon Development and Social Change program is based in Yaounde, Cameroon in West Africa. As part of this program, you will be able to examine the development, changing cultures, politics, and economy of Cameroon. In addition, you will explore the immigrant experience of Cameroonians in France by spending a week in France.

Although the majority of the courses are taught in English, you will receive Intensive French language instruction as well as learn basic Pidgin English and Fulfulde, all three being languages which are spoken in Cameroon. You will be able to choose between an Internship Seminar or Independent Study for this program.

Housing*:  Homestay 

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT Ghana: Africa in the 21st Century

Study in Accra, Ghana and redefine the way we think about Africa in modern social, political, and economic contexts.

Host Institution: The School for International Training (SIT) is an accredited degree-granting institution registered in the Republic of Ghana to administer this program. The SIT Ghana: Africa in the 21st Century program is based in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra, the third-largest city in West Africa. The program rethinks the way in which Westerns perceive Africa through case studies on the intersection of society, economy and technology. Ghana – the first African nation to achieve independence in the post-colonial era – provides an ideal arena in which to live and study as you develop a critical perspective on mainstream representations of African societies.

Interdisciplinary content courses focusing on the program theme will be taught in English. You will also receive basic training in Twi language, spoken by a majority of people in Ghana and also in some neighboring countries. You will also choose between an Independent Study Project or a community-based Internship for the experiential capstone component of the semester.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Liberal Arts with an interest in fields like politics, anthropology, African history, and sociology.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT Kenya: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights

Study in Kisumu, Kenya: the third largest city in the country, and the heart of the Lake Region Economic Bloc!

Host Institution: The SIT Kenya Urbanization, Health and Human Rights program is based in Kisumu, Kenya. As part of this program you will explore some of the East African nation’s most pressing contemporary societal challenges, including rapid urbanization, health and access to healthcare, as well as human rights.

This program gives you the unique opportunity to attend classes at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, which hosts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as to travel to Rwanda and Uganda for additional learning. Although the courses are taught in English, you will receive instruction on Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa. You will choose between an Internship Seminar or Independent Study for this program.

Majors*: Ideal for students in humanities, business and liberal arts with a strong academic background and interest in human rights/development work.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

Study in Kigali, Rwanda: the capital city and the largest economic, cultural, and political center of modern Rwanda!

Host Institution: The SIT Rwanda Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding program is based in Kigali, Rwanda in East Africa. As part of this program, Simmons students will examine the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and that country’s efforts to foster peace, unity, and reconciliation. In addition, students will also travel to northern Uganda to experience everyday life in this post-conflict region, and learn how collective strategies of remembrance are being used to counteract genocide denial.

Although courses are taught in English, you will receive basic training in Kinyarwanda, the local language in addition to coursework focusing on the topic at hand.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Business and Liberal Arts with a strong academic background and interest in peacebuilding/development work.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT Senegal: Global Security and Religious Pluralism

The program is based in Senegal's capital and largest city, Dakar, located on the Atlantic Coast.

Host Institution: The School for International Training (SIT) is an accredited degree-granting institution registered in Senegal to administer this program. The SIT Senegal: Global Security and Religious Pluralism program is based in the coastal city of Dakar; travel to Joal-Fadiouth Island, Ouakam, Yoff, Tivaouane, and Touba to examine Senegalese Islamic practice in the context of Senegal's traditional secular republicanism. This program also travels to Morocco for a comparative excursion. Students will examine the religious and political relations between Morocco's and Senegal's Sufi orders, and how their histories shaped the relations between religion and politics.

The program will be mostly taught in English and partly in French. You will also receive training in the Wolof language. You will choose between an Independent Study Project or a community-based Internship for the experiential capstone component of the semester.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Liberal Arts with an interest in topics related to politics, history, economics, and sociology.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation with local families.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

Study in Durban on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast and learn while traveling to a diversity of location across the country.

Host Institution: The School for International Training (SIT) is an accredited degree-granting institution registered in the Republic of South Africa to administer this program. The SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy program explores community-based health from a South African perspective, examining the roles of national and regional governments, the media, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in mobilizing community assets.

Interdisciplinary content courses focusing on the program theme will be taught in English. You will also receive basic training in the Zulu language, one of the dominant indigenous languages in the multilingual country, spoken by nearly one quarter of all South Africans. You will choose between an Independent Study Project or a community-based Internship for the experiential capstone component of the semester.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Public Health and Liberal Arts with an interest in fields like health, community development, and politics.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation with families representing the diversity of South African society.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Study in Cape Town and explore an eclectic mix of cultures and identities while living in one of Africa's most famous and diverse cities.

Host Institution: The School for International Training (SIT) is an accredited degree-granting institution registered in the Republic of South Africa to administer this program. The SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program is based in Cape Town but travels widely across the nation to explore historical and contemporary multiculturalism, ethnicity, and identity in the South African context. Students experience an important time in the nation's history as South Africans continue to address the legacy of apartheid alongside contemporary human rights issues.

Interdisciplinary content courses focusing on the program theme will be taught in English. You will also receive basic training in the Xhosa language, one of the dominant indigenous languages in the multilingual country. You will choose between an Independent Study Project or a community-based Internship for the experiential capstone component of the semester.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Liberal Arts with an interest in fields like politics, anthropology, African history, and sociology.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation with families representing the diversity of South African society.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT South Africa: Social and Political Transformation

Study in Durbin on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast while exploring sociopolitical issues across multiple African nations.

Host Institution: The School for International Training (SIT) is an accredited degree-granting institution registered in the Republic of South Africa to administer this program. The SIT South Africa: Social and Political Transformation program is based in the cosmopolitan coastal city of Durban but travels across South Africa and into neighboring Swaziland and Mozambique to examine the socioeconomic, political, and cultural dynamics of this diverse region in transition. Students benefit from unparalleled engagement with renowned activists, intellectuals, and political leaders in each of these three countries.

Interdisciplinary content courses focusing on the program theme will be taught in English. You will also receive basic training in the Zulu language, one of the dominant indigenous languages in the multilingual country, spoken by nearly one quarter of all South Africans. You will choose between an Independent Study Project or a community-based Internship for the experiential capstone component of the semester.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Liberal Arts with an interest in topics related to politics, history, economics, and sociology. Students interested in journalism, writing, or media production have the unique option to pursue a journalism project under the guidance of a renowned South African media organization.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation with families representing the diversity of South African society.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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SIT Uganda: Global Development Studies

Study in Kampala, Uganda's vibrant capital city and a hub for global development organizations and investment in East Africa.

Host Institution: The School for International Training (SIT) is an accredited degree-granting institution registered in the Republic of South Africa to administer this program. The SIT Uganda: Global Development Studies program examines contemporary development in Africa through case studies on health, environment, gender, and civil society. Working alongside Ugandan university peers, SIT students travel across the country and into neighboring Rwanda to study and compare development models at a wide rage of cultural, historical, and environmental sites.

Interdisciplinary content courses focusing on the program theme will be taught in English. You will also receive basic training in the Luganda language, one of the dominant indigenous languages spoken across much of this linguistically diverse country. You will choose between an Independent Study Project or a community-based Internship for the experiential capstone component of the semester.

Majors*: Ideal for students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Liberal Arts with an interest in topics related to politics, history, economics, and sociology.

Housing*: Students reside in homestay accommodation.

Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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*Coursework and housing are subject to change based on availability.