Benin is a country of 10 million people located in West Africa. Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming. Approximately 30 American students study abroad in Benin each year.
Benin in Western Africa may be small and relatively unknown, but there are certainly students and scholars who choose to conduct studies and research there. Benin is poor, like many Sub-Saharan countries. There are healthcare shortages and crises—HIV/AIDS and malaria are a constant problem—as well as a poor educational system. Benin is a former French colony that gained independence in 1960, followed by a tumultuous period of political coups and instability. It now operates under a representative form of government and leaders are trying to halt corruption and foster the nation’s economic growth. French is the official language, though there are a handful of tribal languages dominant in certain regions.
Students engaged in anthropological and economic development projects will be right at home in Benin. There are few formal study abroad programs designed for Benin, and even fewer for students below a graduate or post-graduate level. Instead, look for scholarships and fellowships that target dissertation, thesis or independent study.
You will need to do some vaccinations before your arrival for diseases such as: Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Typhoid and Yellow fever. Tap water is not safe for foreigners who are not used to drink it; so you should boil or sterilize some water to brush your teeth, make ice and drink. Like for the water, milk should be boiled too. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Only eat well-cooked meat, fish and vegetables.
Obtaining a Visa
You will need a visa to get there, make sure it is valid during your stay and even 6months later.
To have information regarding the diverse requirements, go on the website of Benin Embassy in your country.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers over one year of age. Risk occurs in all rural areas, but especially in Atakora and Borgou.
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There are some health risks because Hepatitis E is widespread, Hepatitis B is hyper endemic and Hepatitis C occurs. I addition, depending on the area and the time of year, there is also Meningococcal meningitis risk. Therefore, immunization against hepatitis B, tuberculosis and meningococcal A and C is sometimes recommended.
Medical facilities are limited, especially outside the major towns, and not all medicines are available. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medical insurance is strongly recommended.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted on a limited basis. Some banks may advance cash or visa cards. In Benin, the CFA Franc – the official currency- used is only issued by the Bank of West African States is valid; whereas CFA Franc issued by the Bank of Central African States is not. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply for admission to study in Benin please check the Precious Education Admission Application dates and remember the deadlines so you don’t miss a thing, To get the best support please check the forum or contact a Precious Education Agency Student Advisor to guide you on the admission process.