Spend your summer immersing yourself in two different cities, countries and cultures. The CIEE Paris-Dakar Summer Multi-Site program allows you to spend seven weeks between Europe and Africa, learning firsthand about French and Senegalese societies today and exploring the impact of French history and culture on modern-day Senegal.
Through homestays, cultural activities and Francophone Studies courses exploring literature, politics, religion, and film, you’ll develop a better understanding of the historical and cultural relationships that exist between France and Senegal today.
With the Paris-Dakar summer multi-site program you will:
- Study abroad in two amazing destinations and explore the ways in which France and French Culture have influenced Senegalese literature, culture, and society.
- Explore various themes and topics in Francophone Studies through innovative courses and excursions that help connect two distinctly different parts of the world.
- Use your French language skills to communicate with local communities and learn about the impact of French culture on Senegalese people today.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities*:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
Your first session is spent examining Francophone cultures of Western and Northern Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. In the second session, you’ll explore Africa through a comparative analysis of diverse literary works from Francophone and Anglophone African countries.
Session I includes one weekend class trip and one day trip. Past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Tours, Dijon, Nîmes, and Marseille. Past destinations for day trips have included Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chartres. One guided walk of Paris is included in each session.
Session II includes various local day trips and one weekend study tour. Sample day trips include historic Gorée Island, including the Slave House, Women’s Museum, and the Historical Museum. Each program session includes a weekend trip to either Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist’s colony, or Saint Louis, the former capital of French West Africa. Additional local activities and field trips are included in each session.
*Paris only. Dakar weekend in another exciting locale.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
This program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass in Dakar for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals daily in Paris and all meals in Dakar
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for additional meals in Paris
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 4+ semesters of college-level French or equivalent
Course contact hours for the two required cinema courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. The optional Survival Wolof Language course has 15 contact hours for a recommended 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the program is 6-7 semester / 9-10.5 quarter hours.
Study abroad students are required to enroll in the Francophone Cultures through Literature and Film course in Paris during Session I. Although other courses are offered at both locations during the summer, students on this special multi-site program must adhere to the required curriculum.
About the City
About The City
Paris, the capital of France, is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, as well as ways to see the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes); and its street life and markets. Paris is also known as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.
The Republic of Senegal, which achieved independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule, is arguably one of the most democratic countries in West Africa. Senegal has a population of nearly twelve million, with two and a half million living in Dakar, the political and economic capital and one of West Africa’s most vibrant cities. Although French is the country’s official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country’s multiethnic population, which is more than 90 percent Muslim.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Brent Keever, Ph.D., received his B.A. in English and literary criticism from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in English and modern studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured all over the United States and France, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. An avid translator and film sub-titler, he has worked with the French children’s literature group, l’école des loisirs, as well as with French politicians. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.
We all know Paris—or think we do. For many of us, Paris holds a place in our dreams, as the city of love, or of the arts, or of the mind. But what does it take to experience some small part of real, daily life in Paris today? The idea of the summer program is for students at all levels of their French language studies and with many disciplinary approaches to find a way to deepen their knowledge of things French. For some, this may mean working hard on their language skills, whether beginner or advanced; for others, a plunge into the history of art; for others, an in-depth look at classic literature, or a study of Francophone culture. Focused themes can also be approached, through special in-depth classes on disability studies and on contemporary philosophy. One way or another, we, the CIEE staff, hope to make it possible for you to explore what intrigues you about France, and also to discover new facets of the city of Paris.
—Brent Keever, Center Director
Serigne Ndiaye, Ph.D., has been resident director of the CIEE Study Center in Dakar since 2002. Born and raised in Senegal, Serigne completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in English and American literature and civilization at Université Cheikh Anta Diop, and earned his doctorate in comparative literature at Emory University. His primary research and teaching areas include Francophone African and Caribbean literature and culture and post-colonial theory. Serigne has taught at both Emory University and the State University of New York-Albany and speaks four languages: English, French, Serer, and Wolof.
Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, is an excellent place to be immersed in cultural diversity and historical legacy. In addition to its numerous museums, cultural centers, theaters, and wide variety of restaurants and nightclubs, Dakar is famous for its lively intellectual life and rich socio-cultural landscape that draw from both Africa and the West. Dakar is also known for its dynamic and free press, which has contributed greatly to Senegal’s multiparty democratic political system. A mere 15-minute ferry trip from downtown Dakar lies lovely Gorée Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, infamous for its role in the enslavement of Africans and home to La Maison des Esclaves, a museum that provides a living memory of a despicable chapter in world history.
In keeping with the idea of global cultural exchange so precious to the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor, the country’s first president, welcome to the land of Téranga (the Wolof word for hospitality) and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!
—Serigne Ndiaye, Resident Director
Alain Badiane coordinates and manages homestays for the Development Studies program. He meets with students and host families on a regular basis to discuss housing-related issues. Born and raised in Senegal, Alain has worked for many organizations including the Baobab Center. He holds an associate’s degree in French language.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center is located in the Amitié III neighborhood near restaurants, shops, cultural centers, and the largest public university in Senegal. Some students walk from their homestay to the Study Center, while others take public transportation. CIEE students study exclusively with other CIEE participants in a building that shares facilities including a library, computer lab, café, and student lounge with L’Insitut Supérieur de Droit de Dakar. ISDD, a branch of the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia in France, offers degrees in Political Science and Law and has a mostly Senegalese student body.
The CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is located on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement. It is less than a minute from the Grands Boulevards—a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, a 15-minute walk to the Louvre, and a 15-minute walk to the Opéra Garnier.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee.
In Paris, students live either with a Parisian host or in hotel apartments. Staying with a host is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking French every day. The program fee includes breakfast every day and one light lunch every day of the week. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Each housing includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. During excursions, all meals are provided. Students with disabilities that need more information about the residence hotel and the neighborhood, or students who wish to communicate supplementary information about their needs should contact CIEE prior to the program. Local consultants communicate directly with students with disabilities to ensure that they have full information about accommodations.
In Dakar, students live in a Senegalese home in a furnished room. Daily meals with the host family are included in the program fee during Session II. Living with a Senegalese family enables students to have daily contact with French and/or Wolof languages and learn about family and social life in Senegal, which are crucial aspects of the culture. While French is the official language of the country, Wolof is most commonly spoken in the homes of CIEE host families, and CIEE students realize the challenges of living in a multiethnic and multilingual society, as they learn to function in both languages.
Host families tend to view U.S. students as “adopted children” and expect them to eat meals and spend time with their family and friends. Homestay placements are determined on the basis of a preliminary questionnaire and confirmed on site in consultation with the program’s Housing Coordinator. It is important to keep in mind that the Senegalese live simply, and such amenities as washing machines and microwaves are not commonly available. Meals tend to be considerably less varied than in the U.S.; rice and fish are considered staple foods in Senegal. A meal stipend is given to students so that they may supplement and vary their diet.
Although some students are within a 10- to 15-minute walk from campus, others should expect to commute by bus or taxi on a daily basis. A transportation stipend is given to students living in the neighborhoods that are not within walking distance of campus.
An intensive mandatory multi-day orientation session takes place at the beginning of both Session I and Session II. Orientation activities help study abroad students master the practical details of daily life in Paris and Dakar Activities include welcome dinners; walking tours of downtown Paris and Dakar; and sessions on practical matters, cultural differences, safety and security, and academics. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Wireless Internet access is available at the CIEE Study Centers in both Paris and Dakar, so students are strongly encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Students can also access the Internet at numerous cyber cafés throughout Paris and Dakar.
The summer Francophone Studies multi-site program involves two four-week academic sessions and is designed for study abroad students with an interest in Francophone Studies, comparative literature, and the historical, political, and cultural connections between France and Senegal.
During Session I, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Paris Language and Culture summer program. Established in 2004, the Paris Language and Culture summer program is designed for students who want to improve their knowledge of French language and culture, while learning about Paris and France through classes, activities, and excursions, or who wish to explore certain focused themes including philosophy, art history, Francophone culture, cinema, and French sign language.
During Session II, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Dakar Senegalese Studies summer program. Established in 2011, this program gives students the opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country, introduces students to Senegalese society and to issues such as education, women’s roles, the impact of Islam, and development and globalization from a West African perspective, enables students to develop and/or acquire language skills in French and Wolof, and provides opportunities for cultural immersion through homestays with a local Senegalese family and participation in a community service project.
The program is made up of two four-week sessions. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for three hours, with structured outings and one required overnight study tour each session. The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to participants. Moreover, all professors in the summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students.
CIEE Paris courses are intellectually rigorous, and students should expect to be active participants in all aspects of the class, keeping up with daily reading assignments and participating in class discussions. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include film viewings and outings related to the themes of the class.
In Dakar, students often notice striking differences between their home educational system and the Senegalese model, which is based on the French system. While students in the U.S. are accustomed to a very structured system, the Senegalese method generally requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment. Some American students could misperceive a course as having a light workload or few assignments, but students are expected to engage in a great deal of individual study and extensive reading outside of the classroom. Classes are generally lecture-based, but CIEE teachers are encouraged to foster more interactive classroom dynamics. In addition to lectures and discussions, many classes involve student presentations, which may take up a greater part of the course schedule than students are accustomed to in the U.S.
Courses are designed to offer opportunities for students to draw a parallel between the theoretical information they receive in the classroom and the social and cultural experiences they have outside of class. Field trips and guest speakers supplement students’ education and provide a practical orientation to their learning. CIEE students have access to local institutions and organizations for research and special activities. These include the West African Research Center (WARC), the IFAN library at UCAD, and the Baobab Center.
Nature of Classes
Students enroll in courses with other CIEE students only.
Assessment for content classes is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Grades for the required course in Senegal are based on a Senegalese numerical scale (0-20) and converted into U.S. letter grades.
Language of Instruction
Courses in France are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions and are specialists in their respective fields. Courses in Senegal are taught by Senegalese faculty, many of whom hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Session I (Paris)
FRST 3002 PCSU
Francophone Cultures through Literature and Film
This course provides an introduction to the understanding of Francophone cultures of western and northern Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. Authors and filmmakers may include Aime Cesaire, Maryse Conde, Assia Djebar, Jacques Godbout, and Anne Hebert. Students should have four to five semesters of college-level French, but a placement test is administered upon arrival. Instructor: Claire de Obaldia
Session II (Dakar)
AFST 3002 SGSU/LITT 3001 SGSU
African Society through Contemporary Literature
This course introduces students to Africa through a comparative analysis of diverse literary works from Francophone and Anglophone African countries. Works are examined in light of their treatment and representation of relevant issues and themes specific to Africa. Instructor: Dr. Abdou Ngom, Department of English, UCAD
WOLO 1001 SGSU
Survival Wolof Language
The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic functional knowledge of Wolof, so that they can comprehend and use the language in everyday situations. The focus is on cultural immersion through oral communication.