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  • Locations: Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Program Terms: Spring / Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring / Summer 2021 01/29/2021 02/01/2021 TBA TBA
Spring / Summer 2022 01/28/2022 02/04/2022 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, French Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Non-Degree
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: French Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Madagascar: French Language for Health Sciences (Intermediate & Advanced | Summer Online)

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 a three-credit online course and an optional three-credit immersion course in Antananarivo, Madagascar. 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.
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 online course in July 2020 followed by an optional three week January-term in Madagascar. 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.

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.

Optional 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.

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