** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Senegal is one of the region’s most developed, democratic, and friendly nations, making seaside Dakar a prime spot to explore Senegalese culture and learn French and Wolof – a sub-Saharan language. Take a combination of language and content courses taught in English and French at CIEE Dakar across a wide-range of academic areas, including cultural studies, development, history, international relations, liberal arts, public health, sustainability and environment, and more.
All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
in English or French in a range of intriguing subjects.
ACCOMPLISH A WEEK OF FIELDWORK
in rural Senegal with Peace Corps volunteers or village hosts. Students call it the most influential part of their time abroad.
LIVE WITH A DAKAR HOST
and boost your language skills while you experience the principal aspects of Senegalese culture – family and social life.
Choose a week with Peace Corps volunteers or local hosts in a rural village, to experience and document the contrasts and links between rural and urban life.
Venture off for a day in Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist’s colony.
See more of the region with a weekend trip to the mangroves of the Sine-Saloum; Saint Louis, the former capital of French West Africa; and other rural areas.
Participate in cultural activities in and around Dakar.
Internships. Get culturally unique work experience – and possibly credit – with an internship at a human rights organization like Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme or the Global Research and Advocacy Group.
Volunteering. Lend a hand to the important work of human rights organizations and get back as much as you give.
Research. From children’s rights to the role of religion in the democratic process, you can study the topic you care most about, and contribute important fieldwork.
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
One-week orientation – an introduction to Senegalese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
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GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
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If you are interested or majoring in French/Francophone studies, African studies, international relations, or development studies and are seeking an opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country considered by many to be one of the most developed and democratic nations in that region, then this program is right for you. The program is geared toward students interested in continuing French language study and learning Wolof, while taking other courses in English and having a cultural immersion experience.
Ideal for students interested in African studies, development studies, and international relations
Live and study in a French-speaking West African country
Homestays with Senegalese families
Take courses in English with a possibility of attending regular university courses taught in French
Continue studies in French and learn Wolof
Opportunities for community service/internships
Study tours to Gorée Island, Saint Louis, and an extended visit to rural Senegal
African Studies Art/Art History Cultural Studies Development & Planning Environmental Studies French Language Gender Studies Geography History International Relations Literature Philosophy Religion & Theology Sociology/Social Work