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Study Global Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation in Sierra Leone this Fall


Seize the opportunity of a lifetime to study international development and agriculture at Njala University while experiencing and living in the rich West African culture of Sierra Leone. At the heart of the program design is the concept of experiential learning, where students use classes, field trips, internships, and service learning experiences to link theory with critical analysis in ways that sole classroom work is unable to do. Field experiences included in coursework can include:

  • Meeting with local village leaders and chiefs
  • Visiting nutrition project sites
  • Spending time on a beach south of Freetown
  • Studying the Tiwai Island Nature preserve
  • Touring a large market in Freetown


Students from a variety of disciplines—global health, nutrition, agriculture, social sciences, African Studies, natural resources and environmental sciences, pre-med/pre vet, and global studies are encouraged to apply, as the courses and internship component are vast in opportunities. Courses, which are taught by faculty from both the University of Illinois and Njala Universitory and have been approved for credit, include:

  • International Nutrition Policies and Programs
  • Food Fortification for Improved Nutrition
  • Service Learning in the Community – Public Health Education Service Project with Scientific Animations Without Borders
  •  Introduction to Epidemiology
  •  Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Linkages in West Africa
  •  History, Development and Culture of Sierra Leone (Non-Western Humanities credit for ACES, ENG and students)
  •  Public Health Leaders in Residence


The semester will culminate in a 5-6 week internship with an NGO, a public health program, or research at Njala University. Internship sites include: World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, YMCA, Bennimix Company, Helen Keller International, and public health programs and research projects, NGOs, and clinics.

To learn more about the country, university, accommodations, or to apply to the program, please visit the Program Brochure Page.

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