Illinois in Sierra Leone


Study Abroad in Sierra Leone

The University of Illinois offers unique opportunities for students to study abroad in West Africa. Our programs are affiliated with Njala University in Sierra Leone. They offer hands-on experiences with international development practice and authentic engagement with the vibrant Sierra Leonean culture. Our semester programs are open to sophmores, juniors and seniors from Illinois and other US institutions.

  • The International Development and Agribusiness Program is a Spring Semester program and it offers coursework focusing on agribusiness management, international trade and development; service learning experiences, and collaboration with Njala students. This program includes a fulltime internship with a commercial agribusiness, an agribusiness-related NGO, or a farmer cooperative. This semester abroad is suitable for students with interests in: Agribusiness Management, African Studies, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Global Studies, Sociology, Politics, Public Policy, International Business, and Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences. Watch THIS short video about our IDAP program!
  • The Global Health and Nutrition is a Spring Semester Program and the the coursework focuses on issues of nutrition, health, service learning experiences, and for collaboration with Njala students. Following the completion of courses, students will intern at a health clinic, a nutrition-oriented NGO, or an environmental research lab. This program should be of interest to students with interests in: Public Health, Nutrition, African Studies, Global Studies, Socioligy, Politics, Public Policy, Pre-Med and Pre-Vet.
  • The Winter Study Tour provides students the chance to explore international development in Sierra Leone through immersion in agricultural development. This course is suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in of all disciplines. See highlights of past winter tours HERE and HERE.

All courses are taught in English and have been pre-approved for UIUC credit hours. For more information or to apply, visit the University of Illinois' study abroad website; contact Oliver Ferguson: or like us on Facebook.