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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Margaret Walter Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: African-American & African Studies, Anthropology, Creative Writing, Dance, Education, English Language and Literature, Foreign Affairs, Geography, Global Studies, History, Linguistics, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Senegal: Hip-hop, African Diaspora and Decolonial Futures

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Understand how young Africans use hip-hop to question traditional representations of Africa, imagine Africa's future, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality.

WHY STUDY HIP-HOP IN AFRICA?

Hip-Hop artists in West Africa are taking on Eurocentric understandings of the world and redefining Africa from a decolonial perspective. In Senegal and Ghana, two hubs of this cultural revolution, you’ll engage with hip hop artists, activists, and influencers to learn how they critique traditional understandings of Africa and African-descended peoples, imagine African futures, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality. You will get the chance to study, engage, and perform with major hip-hop artists such as King Mo, Ndongo D, Xeinnix, and Salla Ngary.
 
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore hip-hop as a philosophical, political, and economic force in Africa.
  • Attend workshops led by major hip-hop artist like King Mo Ndongo D and Xeinnix.
  • Learn how contemporary African youth shape, and are shaped by, globalization.
  • Spend two weeks in Ghana experiencing hip life, a unique version of hip-hop.
  • Study with Senegalese students.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Hip-hop as African philosophy
  • Decolonial approaches to education and literacy
  • Urban cultures and sustainable development
  • The pervasive nature of coloniality in black communities globally
  • Complexity of Africa-descended cultures and their pluriversality
  • What shapes diasporic identities and communities outside of Africa

 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

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