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  • Locations: Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Anthropology, Economics, Engineering, History, Political Science, Sociology Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large
Housing Options: Hotel Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

Next Anticipated Program Offering: Summer 2016

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Sierra Leone: African Democracy and Socio-Economic Development Through Sustainable Engineering

Study Abroad this summer with Northern Illinois University Study Abroad Office in cooperation with NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Sociology, and the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Earn 3 credit hours from this 2-week program.


The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to complement their education from NIU with knowledge about political, economic, social, and technological issues in Africa. It also provides students with an opportunity to grow with Experiential Learning by engaging in a project to develop renewable energy technologies that are appropriate for developing countries, with Sierra Leone as a case study framework. Engineering students will meet ABET learning objectives as indicated.

The goal of the program is to broaden the international perspectives of NIU students by exposing them to one of the least developed countries in the world.  The program will include regular classroom activities, guest lectures, and visits to local communities, civic organizations, the outdoors and historical sites. In addition, engineering students will install solar lighting at a local orphanage or another site such as a school. The program will be designed to include cultural field trips, museum visits, guest lectures, and outdoor activities.



 For more detailed information, please download the program pdf.

This program is currently not accepting applications.