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Explore the visual and performing arts in the enriching cross-cultural learning environment of Cameroon, West Africa. Participants study, live, and participate in an arts apprenticeship with local artists, artisans, musicians, and dancers.

Foumban, Cameroon; Buea, Cameroon
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Carleton College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, now operates the long-established Arts and Culture in Cameroon program previously offered by Antioch Education Abroad.

The Arts Apprenticeship in Cameroon program allows students to expand their creative faculties in the visual and performing arts in an enriching cross-cultural learning environment. Students develop a foundation for global citizenship while learning about traditional and contemporary Cameroonian lifestyles and customs. Participants live and work with local artists, artisans, musicians, and dancers, study French, and explore indigenous, Christian, Islamic, colonial, and global influences on current social conditions.

Artistic apprenticeships, rigorous study, group arts workshops, extended homestays, an independent project, gifted guest lecturers, and focused field trips are integrated into an exciting multi-faceted educational experience that supports each participant’s personal and intellectual growth.

Program Director Nick Hockin collaborates with a well-developed network of artists, musicians, dancers, artisans, intellectuals, and on-site staff to create an inspiring program that is safe, challenging, and locally respected.

Setting Description:
The program is based in Buea and Foumban, Cameroon. Buea is an English-speaking town nestled in the foothills of Mt. Cameroon, the tallest mountain in West/Central Africa, capital of the Southwest region and the Bakweri people, and home to the University of Buea, the largest English-speaking university in Cameroon. Foumban is a French-speaking town in the highlands of Western Cameroon, a major center for traditional arts and culture in the region, capital of the Bamoun people, and home to the Institut des Beaux Arts de Foumban. The royal Bamoun dynasty dates to 1394 in an uninterrupted lineage of kings, and the royal palace is currently home to the 19th Sultan, HRH El Hadj Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya.

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