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08/24/2014 - 12/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/18/2015 - 05/17/2015
Deadlines:
10/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/15/2015
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Live and study African culture and develop skills in French and Wolof, a regional Sub-Saharan African language, in one of the most developed, democratic – and friendly – nations in the region. On CIEE’s Language and Culture program, you’ll immerse yourself fully in the culture by living with a Senegalese family and participating in an important fieldwork project. If you’re ready to seize the opportunity, Senegal and CIEE are ready for you.

Study abroad in Dakar and you'll:

  • Choose from a variety of courses in African studies, development studies, anthropology, and sociology
  • Live with a Senegalese family that will provide strong cultural immersion
  • Participate in African art, dance, and music; engage in community service and/or an internship
  • Visit Gorée Island, Toubab Dialaw, Saint Louis, and the Sine-Saloum region; learn during a rural stay with a local host family, or Peace Corps or NGO staff
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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:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students who want to combine an academic internship and study abroad

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Explore a wide range of subjects from French/Francophone studies, African studies, international relations, and development studies in a bilingual curriculum. Elective subjects include history of Islam, public health and development in Senegal and Africa, development economics, African society through contemporary literature, and crisis management and international law in Africa.

Excursions

Included in the program are day trips to historic Gorée Island – including the Slave House, Women’s Museum, and Historical Museum – and to Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist’s colony. Occasionally, the program organizes excursions to Touba and other important religious centers. In previous semesters, CIEE has taken students on weekend trips to the mangroves of the Sine-Saloum region, Saint Louis, the former capital of French West Africa, and other parts of Senegal to experience rural life. Depending on your interests and course topics, additional trips and cultural activities in and around Dakar may be organized or subsidized by the program.

Cultural Immersion

study abroad in Senegal

Weeklong visits to rural areas in Senegal are an essential component of the CIEE program in Dakar. Mid- semester, you'll travel in groups or individually, depending on your preference, and stay with either Peace Corps volunteers or local NGO staff working in the field. These visits will provide you the opportunity to better understand the contrasts and connections between rural and urban realities.

During your visits, you’re encouraged to observe thoughtfully, pose questions, and converse in the local language (whether Wolof or another national language). The rural stays allow you to identify key revenues and community resources, listen to the history of the village, and discover the role of and reactions to the volunteer or the NGO staff in the community. As part of the required Senegalese Society and Culture course, you’ll submit a critical paper based on your rural visit experience.

Time and again, CIEE students cite the rural visit as their most profound and memorable experience during the semester abroad.

Internship

Gain practical experience in a culturally different work environment. CIEE students have interned at Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Hommme, one of the most active human rights organizations in Senegal; ZIDISHA, a peer-to-peer, Internet-based microfinance institution; and Global Research and Advocacy Group, which advocates for vulnerable minority groups in the region. Students may participate in an internship for credit or take advantage of work opportunities as a volunteer.

Research

Pursue a research project on a topic you’re passionate about. You could study child begging and children’s rights, the role of religion in the democratic process in Senegal, polygamy and women’s rights, or something entirely different. No matter what you study, you’ll conduct important fieldwork in the community.

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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.

The 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
  • Supplemental food stipend
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.
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Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/01/2014
08/24/2014
12/21/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, a week-long rural stay, membership to cultural and/or resource centers and the West African Research Center (WARC) library, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,680
Housing ***
$1,625
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$132

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$1,750

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.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (17 wks)
10/15/2014
01/18/2015
05/17/2015
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, a week-long rural stay, membership to cultural and/or resource centers and the West African Research Center (WARC) library, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,680
Housing ***
$1,625
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$132

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$1,750

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.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (38 wks)
Extended to: 04/01/2014
08/24/2014
05/17/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$30,100

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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, a week-long rural stay, membership to cultural and/or resource centers and the West African Research Center (WARC) library, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$26,305
Housing ***
$3,250
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$132

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$600
Personal expenses
$3,500
Expenses during break **
$500

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.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** academic year students are responsible for meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours and for the academic year is 30–32 semester/45–48 quarter hours.

Contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take five courses each semester – three required and two elective courses. The three required courses constitute the CIEE core curriculum: Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture (in French or English, depending on the results of a French language placement test completed upon arrival in Dakar), French language, and Wolof language. Students then choose two elective courses. Students may also take the two-credit Seminar on Living and Learning in Dakar in addition to their course load of five courses.

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About the City

About The City

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 12 million, with two and a half million living in Dakar, the political and economic capital, and one of West Africa’s most vibrant cities. A major port and administrative center, Dakar is home to the National Assembly, president’s palace, and bustling Sandaga Market. Around Dakar you’ll find majestic cliff walks, beaches and major historic attractions like the Dakar Grand Mosque and Dakar Cathedral. Although French is the country’s official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country’s multiethnic population. Ninety-four percent of Senegalese are Muslim.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Serigne Ndiaye

Resident 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.

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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

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Alain Badiane

Housing Coordinator

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.

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Moutarou Diallo

Program Assistant for Academic and Cultural Services

Moutarou Diallo is the program assistant for academic and cultural services at the CIEE Study Center in Dakar. His professional experience in study abroad includes an internship with the International and Study Abroad Programs Department at Fordham University, a position as assistant for curriculum design at Brooklyn International High School, as a leader of summer youth programs, and as an organizer of a service-learning program for Lakeside School in Seattle. Moutarou has taught Wolof, French, and Pulaar for several international programs including the Peace Corps, SIT, and CIEE. Additionally, he has taught French with the French Language Heritage program at the French Embassy in New York City, and served as an academic coach for the International Rescue Committee’s project on West African Parent Engagement in Staten Island. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Institut de Formation en Administration des Affaires (IFAA) and a master’s degree in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute.

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Victoria Fletcher

Assistant Resident Director

Victoria Fletcher, assistant resident director, first came to Dakar in 1998 as a study abroad student. Since then, she has returned to the city to work in different capacities, including serving as CIEE program assistant from 2006–2007. Prior to rejoining CIEE in Dakar in 2010, Victoria worked for three years in Portland, Maine, as a CIEE enrollment officer for Africa and the Middle East. Victoria brings to this role nearly seven years of experience in North and West Africa, including serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Morocco. She received her bachelor’s degree in literature from Kalamazoo College and her master’s degree in international education from the School for International Training. Victoria’s responsibilities include leadership of CIEE’s Summer Senegalese Studies program.

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Gamo Tounkara

Resident Coordinator

Gamo Tounkara Mbow has been with CIEE since 2007, first serving as a faculty member, teaching a course on gender and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and now as a resident coordinator. Gamo holds master’s degrees in sociolinguistics from Syracuse University and international development administration from Western Michigan University. She has served as consultant to numerous international non-governmental organizations on projects related to girls’ education and female empowerment. Her past experience also involves teaching foreign language, professional business communication, and political science courses.

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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 study abroad 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). 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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in Senegal

Housing and meals are included in the program fee. All students live in a Senegalese home in a furnished room. 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 study abroad students will 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 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 20-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.

Academic year students can stay with their host families during the break between semesters.

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Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in Senegal

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Dakar even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

The program begins with a one-week mandatory orientation held in Dakar. Sessions are devoted to personal safety, medical issues, and Senegalese customs and values, including family life and gender relations. During the orientation week, you will take a French placement test and have instruction in Wolof. In addition, a program of expanded orientation activities fosters integration by having you explore specific places or organizations in Dakar, in some cases with Senegalese students. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You will have access to wireless Internet and a small computer lab in the CIEE Study Center. You will also have access to the Internet at the numerous Internet cafes in Dakar.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Dakar offers students the opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country and to immerse themselves in two of Senegal’s official languages: French and Wolof. Through a broad range of coursework in English and/or French, students are also able to engage in topics concerning Africa, in general, and Senegal, specifically. By doing so, participants gain a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing Senegal today and learn firsthand about this multilingual society.

Internships

Students may participate in a for-credit internship consisting of 60 hours of practical experience and a 30-hour seminar taught and coordinated by an instructor hired by CIEE. Final internship placements are determined on site and are based on students’ academic or research interests, as well as French language proficiency. Volunteer opportunities may be available for those students who do not participate in the internship for credit.

Academic Culture

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.

The resident director oversees all CIEE courses, which are taught in both English and French. Senegalese professors, most of whom also hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), teach these courses. CIEE Study Center courses run for 12 weeks, two two-hour sessions a week for a total of 45 hours, and include a broad range of subjects.

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), IFAN library at UCAD, and Baobab Center.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are usually attended only by CIEE students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in French and Wolof, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to French and Wolof language proficiency and understanding of Senegalese society develops.

Grading System

Final grades in CIEE courses are based on a combination of attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper or exam. For the internship, the final grade is based on participation and a final report. The resident director reports Senegalese numerical grades (0–20 scale) in U.S. letter grades using a conversion scale.

Language of Instruction

English
French
Wolof

Faculty

All courses are taught by Senegalese faculty, many of whom hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

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.

Required CIEE Core Course

AFST 3001 SGSM

Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture
(in English) This course addresses a wide range of issues relevant to contemporary Senegalese society and culture. In addition to the use of novels and films, guest lecturers discuss the complex interactions between history, politics, culture, and identity in contemporary Senegal. Students are encouraged to reflect critically, but non-judgmentally, on problems they find in their daily interactions with Senegalese. Through close observation and analysis, students refine their understanding of Senegalese society and culture.

AFST 3003 SGSM

Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture
(in French. Prerequisite: This section of the core course is open to students who place into Advanced French I or higher.) This course addresses a wide range of issues relevant to contemporary Senegalese society and culture. In addition to the use of novels and films, guest lecturers discuss the complex interactions between history, politics, culture, and identity in contemporary Senegal. Students are encouraged to reflect critically, but non-judgmentally, on problems they find in their daily interactions with Senegalese. Through close observation and analysis, students refine their understanding of Senegalese society and culture.

Required CIEE Language Courses

French language instruction is intended to improve all areas of language learning and help students understand and interact with French speakers in Senegal and other Francophone countries. Communicative activities are based on real-life situations and authentic texts. Participants are placed in an appropriate language class based on a proficiency examination given at the beginning of the program. All levels include a phonetics component to improve pronunciation.

FREN 2001 SGSM

Intermediate French I
After a quick review of basic structures, students proceed to more advanced communicative acts, such as making comparisons, expressing opinions, wishes, preferences, regrets, and other emotions; and asking complex questions. Vocabulary instruction focuses on complex descriptions, lexical nuances, and common idiomatic expressions.

FREN 2002 SGSM

Intermediate French II
This course entails the study of complex verb tenses and structures through the use of authentic written texts, and analysis of conversations and interviews with French speakers. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, pronunciation, and fluency. Specialized vocabulary relevant to learners’ interests with a focus on cross-cultural topics is developed.

FREN 3001 SGSM

Advanced French I
Discussions focus on different speech registers, professional and/or intellectual topics, texts, and concepts. Written and oral assignments may include research, essays, and formal presentations on specific topics related to cultural experiences and current events.

FREN 3002 SGSM

Advanced French II
This course focuses on analyzing different speech registers, writing on professional and/or intellectual topics, reading literary texts, and discussing issues relating to Senegalese culture and politics. Written and oral assignments include formal papers and presentations on specific topics.

WOLO 1001 SGSM

Wolof Language for Beginners
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.

CIEE Elective Courses

Fall and spring course offerings are subject to change. The French-taught elective courses are primarily reserved for students who test into Advanced French I or Advanced French II. However, students who place into Intermediate French II may take one content course in French. Students who test into Intermediate French I are not eligible for French-taught content courses.

Fall and Spring

CLST 3001 SGSM

Seminar on Living and Learning in Dakar
(in English) The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Dakar is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Senegalese are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Senegal. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

EDUC 3102 SGSM

Education and Culture in Senegal
(in English) This course provides an overview of the past and present Senegalese educational system to help students assess the adequacy of the system with respect to the nation’s development goals. It also examines the links between language, education, and development in the context of a multicultural African country. Field trips include visits to literacy programs and schools in Dakar.

HIST 3003 SGSM/RELI 3001 SGSM

History of Islam
(in French) This course presents the history of Islam from the 10th through the 21st centuries, specifically emphasizing its evolution and development in Senegal. Students examine Islam’s historical, philosophical, and theological development, and become familiar with the basic beliefs and practices of Islam. In addition, the course touches on Sufi brotherhoods, Koranic education, and Islam during the colonial era. This course may also include a field trip to the holy city of Touba.

INRE 3001 SGSM

Crisis Management and International Law in Africa
(in French) This class examines international public law as applied in the management of crises in Africa. Students learn to define and understand the origins and effects of several major conflicts on the continent. They then assess, analyze, and examine resolution methods and mechanisms, including the role of international organizations.

INSH 3002 SGSM

Internship
(in French) Qualified students may undertake an internship for credit while in Dakar provided they have met all preapproval requirements. This course consists of a minimum of 60 hours of practical experience combined with a 30-hour seminar with several guest speakers. Seminars may be taught and coordinated by an instructor CIEE hires. Participants maintain a journal, write a final research report, and give a formal oral presentation. Specific internships are negotiated in conjunction with the individual student’s academic or research interests and skills. Pre-approval must be obtained for participation from the resident director and the home institution advisor prior to the start of the program. Final internship placements are determined on site and are based on students’ academic or research interests, as well as their French language proficiency. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

PUBH 3001 SGSM

Public Health and Development in Senegal and Africa
(in French) This course introduces students to the major public health problems facing Senegal as a developing country. Particular emphasis is on analyzing the priorities, needs, and environmental factors that come into play in the development of programs and prevention strategies. Field excursions to various sites are organized to facilitate students’ understanding of the issues discussed in class.

Fall

AFST 3002 SGSM/LITT 3001 SGSM

African Society Through Contemporary Literature
(in French) 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.

GEND 3101 SGSM

Gender and Development in Senegal and Sub-Saharan Africa
(in English) Governments, NGOs, and international agencies have documented the importance of gender dynamics in the development process. This course examines the vital role and contributions of women in this process. It focuses on the sociological, economic, and political challenges, and constraints faced by women in their efforts to empower themselves and their communities.

HIST 3001 SGSM

Topics in West African History: Colonization and Decolonization
(in French) This overview of Senegal’s colonial history covers such topics as the end of legitimate rule in Senegambia, the imbalance of political leadership in France, France and the Ancien Régime’s economic system, the challenge to British pragmatism, and various concepts of modernity.

Spring

ANTH 3001 SGSM

Social Anthropology: Explorations in African Cultures
(in French) This course examines the intersection between traditional cultures and contemporary development in Africa and Senegal. Through studies in art, philosophy (especially the works of Cheikh Anta Diop), education, and religious and moral traditions, the course outlines these cultures and the distinguishing characteristics between different ethnicities and regions within Senegal. Students investigate changes and dilemmas posed by development, democracy, and globalization in Africa.

ECON 3001 SGSM

Development Economics
(in French) This course analyzes development history, theories, inequalities, and particular obstacles concerning development in Africa. Students discuss current initiatives and issues in development including structural adjustment policies, agricultural subsidies, free trade agreements, NEPAD, and the Millennium Account Challenge.

EDUC 3102 SGSM

Education and Culture in Senegal
(in English) This course provides an overview of the past and present Senegalese educational system to help students assess the adequacy of the system with respect to the nation’s development goals. It also examines the links between language, education, and development in the context of a multicultural African country. Field trips include visits to literacy programs and schools in Dakar.

ENVI 3102 SGSM

Environment and Development in Senegal and Sub-Saharan Africa
(in English) This course looks at Senegal’s diverse yet fragile environment, characterized by the urgent demand for water; the needs of an ever-increasing population; dramatic climatic changes and seasons; markedly irregular rainfall patterns and resulting environmental challenges; and assaults of extensive desertification. Field trips include visits to dumping sites, water treatment plants, polluted areas, and environmental projects in Cambérène, Mbeubeusse, Hann Bay, and other sites.

HIST 3002 SGSM

Topics in West African History: Atlantic Slave Trade
(in English) The course begins with an overview of the history of African societies prior to the arrival of the Europeans, and then looks at the consequences and impact of the slave trade on contemporary African society. This course may include trips to Gorée Island and St. Louis.

WOLO 2001 SGSM

Intermediate Wolof
This course is a continuation from Wolof Language for Beginners and is intended for academic year students who wish to continue studying Wolof. The course is designed to increase students’ ability to read, comprehend, speak, and write in Wolof. Students proceed to more advanced syntax and vocabulary, written essays, guided discussions, and class presentations on relevant culture topics. Classes promote a deeper understanding of the language and culture through music, media, and Wolof proverbs.

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