Study Abroad in Dakar
College Study Abroad
Explore Dakar, Senegal
Dakar, the political and economic capital of Senegal, is a vibrant port city, home to the National Assembly, President’s Palace, and bustling Sandaga Market. Around Dakar, students enjoy majestic cliff walks, beaches, and historic treasures.
Study Tours & Cultural Excursions
Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Dakar, past study tours and excursions have included:
- Exploring Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist’s colony, Saint Louis, former capital of French West Africa, or other exciting destinations
- Weekend trips to the mangroves of the Sine-Saloum or historic Gorée Island, the biggest coast center for slave trade from the 1400s to the 1800s
- Sleeping under the stars in a Moorish tent and camel riding
Where Students Study
CIEE Dakar is located in the Amitié neighborhood close to the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), which is the largest public university in Senegal. Students have access to the West African Research Center and the IFAN library at UCAD for research activities.
Internships & Volunteering
Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Dakar, students can volunteer at local and international NGOs, such as Caritas or Save the Children. In addition, students can get unique work experience examining Africa’s social, economic, environmental, and public health issues with an internship at human rights organizations like Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme, the Global Research and Advocacy Group, or ImagiNation Afrika