Study in West Africa Next Winter Break!We will be traveling in early January 2012 to Sierra Leone and the theme of the course this year is agriculture, environment, and governance (tentative theme).  There will be an emphasis on issues at the intersection of agriculture and the environment, such as water management, soil management, forestry management, and the policy aspects of these issues too.

This course is for advanced undergraduate students and for graduate students.  Students from all over campus have participated in this course in its two previous offerings.  This course receives strong recommendations from the students who go and it is a wonderful way to learn more about international development and agriculture and associated topics.  And, students will have a great time and avoid some cold weather too.  The students will get lots of time to interact with our colleagues and friends at Njala University as well as with other partner institutions in Sierra Leone.  We will spend some time in rural areas as well as some time in Freetown and a little time on the beach.  There is an application and details will be available in August on the application process.  Students may enjoy seeing the video (prepared by Business major and ACES in Sierra Leone participant Jennifer Kazaitis) on the ACES in Sierra Leone 2011 course:

This video shows pictures from our study abroad course this past January.  It is a great course and many students who have participated have found it to be a highlight of their time here at Illinois.  Students should check out the information that is online (Study Abroad) also about the Sierra Leone course.  We will be taking applications over the summer and in the early fall with a deadline of sometime in mid to late September.

Students can also look at the powerpoint/pdf slides of the trip from January 2010:

For more information, contact:

Paul E. McNamara, M.P.P., Ph.D.
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Division of Nutritional Sciences,
Department of Family Medicine, and University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
341 Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801
tel. 217-333-3769
fax 217-333-5538