Study Abroad trip planned to Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone on the map“African Democracy and Socio-Economic Development through Sustainable Engineering” is the theme of a Study Abroad trip, scheduled from June 15 to June 30.

This program will give students a first-hand experience of the economic, social and environmental challenges faced by people in Sierra Leone.

Participants will be given an alternative perspective on poverty and race that contrasts, and complements, the American experience and be exposed to the postwar reconstruction, nation-building and democratization processes in Sierra Leone.

Students can pay for the program with financial aid. Graduate students can take up to six credits; undergraduates can take up to nine credits.

The program is open to any college student in the United States. Students can use the independent studies to tailor a qualitative method course or any other course that is relevant to their disciplines (political science, sociology, anthropology, history, etc.).

Travelers also will get a chance to work with the local university of Sierra Leone students, who will participate in the program.

For more information, contact Abu Bah at (815) 753-6427 or abah@niu.edu. Bah is also available to visit classes or forums to answer questions about the program.

Staff in NIU’s Study Abroad Office also can provide more information. Call (815) 753-0700 or (815) 753-9530 or email niuabroad@niu.edu or prosenberg@niu.edu.

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