Dakar, Senegal

Development Studies

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Information for term Development Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 18 – Dec 14, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 20 – May 18, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Senegal’s strides toward improved human rights and standard of living make it an eye-opening place to dig into the complex environmental and globalization issues involved with development. In Dakar, hands-on learning will help you understand Senegalese society, from education to politics, to the impact of Islam. Language learning, homestays, coursework, fieldwork, and community engagement, all provide unmatched perspective on the issues facing West Africa.

Unique Experiences

  • Experience the concrete challenges

    of development as you teach children, create training programs for young women, and help officials run urban healthcare projects.

  • Live, learn, and volunteer

    in a rural or semi-urban area to gain perspective on development issues beyond the city.

  • Live with a Dakar host

    to experience the principal aspects of Senegalese culture – family and social life.

  • million residents

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  • lighthouses

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  • minaret height on the Dakar Grand Mosque

    219.8’

Location & Culture

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The Republic of Senegal won independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule. Now one of the most democratic countries in West Africa, Senegal has a population of nearly 15 million. Dakar, the political and economic capital, is a vibrant, port city, and home to the National Assembly, president’s palace, and bustling Sandaga Market. Around Dakar, you’ll find majestic cliff walks, beaches, and historic treasures. French is the official language; Wolof the predominant. Ninety-four percent of Senegalese are Muslim.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Experience life in a rural area for one week with Peace Corps volunteers or village hosts, to explore contrasts and links between rural and urban living.
  • Visit historic Gorée Island – a major slave-trade center for four centuries, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sleep under the stars in a Moorish tent and try riding a camel.
  • 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 UNESO World Heritage sites in Sine-Saloum; Saint Louis, the former capital of French West Africa; and other rural areas.
  • Participate in cultural activities in and around Dakar.

PROJECTS

Internships. Get unique work experience as you examine Africa’s social, economic, environmental, and public health issues. You might help ImagiNation Afrika support Nomadic Learning programs, or create materials to help the Global Research and Advocacy Group advocate for vulnerable minority groups.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Students live in Senegalese homes so they can practice French and/or Wolof daily, and learn about family and social life here. Most families speak Wolof at home, though French is the country’s official language, so students learn to function in both languages. Host families welcome U.S. students as family, and expect them to eat meals and spend time with them. Students are placed, based on preferences stated in a housing questionnaire. Senegalese live simply. Amenities like washing machines and microwaves are rare, and rice and fish are staple foods. Some students live just a short walk from campus, others commute by bus or taxi. Academic-year students can stay with their host families during the break between semesters.

  • MEALS

    Two meals a day are provided by host families.

Dakar, Senegal

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE DAKAR

    Amitié III neighborhood

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or take taxis or public buses to get from homestays to campus.

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What you need to know

The program details

This program allows students to live and study in a French-speaking West African country, and immerse themselves in French and Wolof, and learn about the challenges facing developing countries.

Coursework illuminates issues of democratic governance, public health, political systems and regimes, human rights, representative democracy, and corruption. The Development Studies Practicum combines traditional classroom sessions with hands-on urban and rural experiences, in which students live in rural or semi-urban Senegal with Peace Corps and local volunteers for one week.

With the exception of the Wolof language course, all courses are taught in French. Courses are taught by Senegalese professors, most of whom also hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD).

CIEE Dakar is in the Amitié III neighborhood, near restaurants, shops, cultural centers, and the largest public university in Senegal. Some students walk from their homestays, others take public transportation. CIEE shares a café and terrace space with L’Institut Supérieur de Droit de Dakar (ISSD), which offers degrees in political science and law.

Students who meet the language prerequisite may combine a semester in the CIEE Language and Culture program with a semester in this program for a full academic year in Senegal.

Students agree to speak only French to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes only with other CIEE participants. Classes are generally lecture-based, but discussion is encouraged. Many classes involve student presentations.

  • GRADING

    Grades (A-F, with pluses and minuses, based on a 100-point scale) for CIEE courses are based on attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper or exam.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Based on the French educational system, the Senegalese method requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment than we see in the United States. It’s easy to misread this – students should expect extensive individual study and reading outside of class.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level French (or equivalent) 2 or more courses beyond the introductory level in anthropology, development studies, Francophone studies, sociology, urban studies, and/or international relations.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Students enroll in the following:

  • Advanced French for Development Studies course
  • Wolof language
  • Development Studies Practicum
  • 2 elective courses

SPRING 2018 COURSES

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

REQUIRED COURSES

ELECTIVE COURSES

COMM 3301 SGSM – Intercultural Communication and Leadership
Because this course is taught in English students in the DS program who wish to register for it must have written permission from their Study Abroad Advisor.  Students in the DS program will be expected to submit their assignments in French.

FALL 2018 COURSES

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

REQUIRED COURSES

  • FREN 3001 SNDS: Advanced French - Development Studies
  • WOLO 1001 SNDS: Wolof Language for Beginners
  • DEVE 3002 SNDS: Development Studies Practicum

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • COMM 3301 SGSM: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
  • DEVE 3001 SNDS: Development Economics in West Africa: Theory, Practice, and Challenges
  • ENVI 3001 SNDS: Environmental Issues and Challenges in Senegal
  • INDR 4901 SGSM: Independent Research (French)
  • PUBH 3001 SNDS: Public Health Issues and Challenges in West Africa
  • WOLO 2001 SGSM: Intermediate Wolof

*COMM 3301 SGSM – Intercultural Communication and Leadership: Because this course is taught in English students in the DS program who wish to register for it must have written permission from their Study Abroad Advisor.  Students in the DS program will be expected to submit their assignments in French.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 17 weeks Fall 2018 17 weeks

Application Due

Jun 1, 2018

Start Date

Jan 20, 2018 Aug 18, 2018

End Date

May 18, 2018 Dec 14, 2018

Fees & Housing

$16,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,933 **

Housing = $2,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $300

International Airfare = $2,000

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $1,750

Other = $140 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,640

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

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

†† cost of registration extension on-site

$16,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,933 **

Housing = $2,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $2,000

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $1,750

Other = $140 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,340

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

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

†† cost of registration extension on-site

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