About the Programs

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There are three main programs available to students at the University of Illinois and other US institutions. Each shares a common theme of ensuring students get hands-on experience addressing important topics and authentic engagement with the Sierra Leonean culture.

Agribusiness and International Development 

This spring semester program puts emphasis on collaboration with Njala students and service learning experiences. While in Sierra Leone, students take courses taught in English which focus on agribusiness management, international trade, and development. As part of the program, students also gain internship experience working with a commercial agribusiness, an agribusiness related non-governmental organization, or a farmer cooperative. To learn more about this opportunity, see the program brochure on the Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange website or see this video

Global Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation

During this semester long, immersive program students take courses focused on public health and development in West Africa before interning with a health clinic, nutrition related non-governmental organization, or an environmental research lab. This is an ideal program for students looking to learn about the social and economic realities of communities working to improve public health, nutrition, and water sanitation. For more details, view the program brochure here

Sustainability – Agriculture, Environment, and Governance

This is a winter study tour offered as a 400 level class through the department of ACE. Working in conjunction with students from Njala University, U of I participants conduct a service project and gain first-hand experience in policy and management, focused on agriculture and the environment. The two week tour wraps up with a short-course where research is presented that covers agriculture, environment and governance in the context of development in Sierra Leone. To see if this study tour is a good fit for you, see the program brochure or watch this video

For more information on any of the Sierra Leone programs contact Paul McNamara at mcnamara1@illinois.edu or find Illinois in Sierra Leone on Facebook