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SIT Study Abroad Madagascar: French Language for Health Sciences (Intermediate & Advanced | January-term)
Antananarivo, Madagascar (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, French
Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Madagascar: French Language for Health Sciences (Intermediate & Advanced | January-term)

Develop French language skills for public health through online and classroom learning, as well as cultural immersion and experiential learning activities on the tropical island of Madagascar.

This program, aimed at students and professionals in health-related fields, offers resources for building French language skills for public health, with an emphasis on topics such as epidemiology, biostatistics, global health, and mental health, among others.
This program will be delivered through an optional three-credit online course in July 2020 and a three-credit immersion course in Antananarivo, Madagascar in January 2021. The program will employ experiential learning opportunities and include lessons in grammar and vocabulary related to the program theme. Discussion sessions will provide opportunities to practice and develop French language skills for use in medical contexts and other practical healthcare scenarios.
Antananarivo, the economic capital of Madagascar, has the most advanced network of professionals in medical and public health services on the island. While in Tana, you will have opportunities to practice your French through interactions with medical and public health professionals. You will also visit urban and rural health care centers in Andasibe and the surrounding area. During an excursion to the rural area of Andasibe, you will examine intercultural healthcare systems for local community and learn about the challenges facing rural health care workers. In both Antananarivo and Andasibe, you will be living with a host family to advance your French outside of the classroom.
Program Highlights
  • Enhance capacity in oral comprehension on themes related to public health.
  • Discover how Malagasy culture and healthcare issues are intertwined, and learn how to apply this to sustainable and effective public health policy solutions.
  • Practice French for public health by working alongside health workers and collecting data with study subjects in Madagascar. (J-Term)
  • Experience daily life with homestay families in Antananarivo and Andasibe. (J-Term)

Program Structure

This course offers a three week January-term in Madagascar, as well as an optional online course in July 2020. The online course is open to all applicants with three semesters of college-level French (or equivalent). The in-person January-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of three semesters of college-level French.

January-term Course Details

During this three-week course, you will complete the next level of French for Public Health. It will mainly focus on practical and field study. Individually, you will collect data according to your project. You will be grouped in a small class with placements based on a written and oral proficiency evaluation. Hone your speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom activities, excursions, individual study, the homestay family experience, and lectures related to public health, with built-in feedback sessions included. Read professional health science literature and learn formal terms and local expressions needed to discuss health and healthcare issues.

Optional July Online Course Details

During this three-week online course, you will be placed in a small class based on a written and oral proficiency evaluation. The course will feature 45 hours of online teaching including a program orientation, language instruction, seminar and discussions on health topics and alternative medicine from an indigenous perspective. This course aims to strengthen your fundamental French skills and improve your understanding of Madagascar public health. You will also have outside readings and assignments and built-in feedback sessions. During the online term, you will elaborate an individual mini-project in the topic of your interest for further field work during the in-country J-term.

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