Dakar, Senegal

Language + Culture

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • 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

June 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: June 1, 2019
  • Dates: Aug 18 – Dec 14, 2019 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 19 – May 17, 2019 (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: Aug 18, 2018 – May 17, 2019 (39 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Senegal is one of the region’s most developed, democratic, and friendly nations, making seaside Dakar a prime spot to explore Senegalese culture and language. Learn French and Wolof – a sub-Saharan language – while you delve into African studies, international relations, and development studies. When you explore the city and beyond, experience local family traditions, and pursue causes you care about, you’re assured a remarkable experience abroad.

Unique Experiences

  • Take courses

    in English or French in a range of intriguing subjects.

  • Accomplish a week of fieldwork

    in rural Senegal with Peace Corps volunteers or village hosts. Students call it the most influential part of their time abroad.

  • Live with a Dakar host

    and boost your language skills while you experience the principal aspects of Senegalese culture – family and social life.

  • million residents

    3
  • lighthouses

    5
  • 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, it 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, but Wolof is predominantly spoken. Ninety-four percent of Senegalese are Muslim.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Choose a week with Peace Corps volunteers or local hosts in a rural village, to experience and document the contrasts and links between rural and urban life.
  • 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 the mangroves of the 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 culturally unique work experience – and possibly credit – with a human rights organization like Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme or the Global Research and Advocacy Group.

Volunteering. Lend a hand to the important work of human rights organizations and get back as much as you give.

Research. From children’s rights to the role of religion in the democratic process, you can study the topic you care most about, and contribute important fieldwork.

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

    Host families provide two meals a day.

Dakar, Senegal

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE DAKAR Dakar Amitié III neighborhood

    Dakar

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    Getting Around

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

What People are Saying

  • “I am (and many others are) convinced Serigne Ndiaye is the master of all things related to human consciousness and Gamo Tounkara has been a lifeline here when students need emotional and/or practical support.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “(CIEE) does a really great job in allowing students to experience the culture they are in.  Whether it is in a host family, during the orientation process, or the care received from the faculty, I really did feel cared for this year.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “CIEE gave me the opportunity to explore Senegal thoroughly, and I was immersed in a way that I wouldn’t be able to as a tourist.  Every member of CIEE staff I interacted with was caring, accessible, and very friendly.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “I wish I had parents like the Directors in Dakar, Senegal.  Gamo Tounkara is like a second mom to many of us.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “I was very impressed that Gamo was able to find so many interesting and engaging volunteer opportunities.  These opportunities allowed me to engage in the community and really allowed me to learn from experience.  I am very thankful for it and for all of Gamo’s work.”

    Student, Fall 2017

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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 languages. Coursework engages in topics concerning Africa, and Senegal, so students understand the issues facing Senegal and its multilingual society.

Courses are taught in both English and French 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 can also use the West African Research Center and the IFAN library at UCAD for research and activities.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes only with other CIEE participants. CIEE classes run for 12 weeks – two, 1.25-hour sessions a week for a total of 45 hours. They are generally lecture-based, but discussion is encouraged. Many classes involve student presentations. Courses and social and cultural experiences outside of class are designed to encourage connections. Field trips and guest speakers supplement education and provide practical orientation.

  • GRADING

    Final grades are based on attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper or exam. Internship grades are based on participation and a final report.

  • 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 U.S. It’s easy to misread this – students should expect extensive individual study and reading outside of class. Field trips and guest speakers complement education and provide practical orientation.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours

Students enroll in five classes per semester:

  • French language course
  • Wolof language course
  • 3 elective courses, one of which may be the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course

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.

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

French Language

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 1001 SGSM: Beginning French I
  • FREN 1002 SGSM: Beginning French II
  • FREN 2001 SGSM: Intermediate French I
  • FREN 2002 SGSM: Intermediate French II
  • FREN 3001 SGSM: Advanced French I

Wolof Language

  • WOLO 1001 SGSM: Wolof Language for Beginners

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

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.

  • AFST 3001 SGSM: Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture (English)
  • AFST 3003 SGSM: Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture (French)
  • COMM 3301 SGSM: Intercultural Communication and Leadership (English)
  • ENVI 3102 SGSM: Environment and Development in Senegal and Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
  • HIST 3003 SGSM / RELI 3001 SGSM: History of Islam (French)
  • INDR 4901 SGSM: Independent Research (French or English)
  • INRE 3001 SGSM: Crisis Management and International Law in Africa (French)
  • INSH 3001 SGSM: Internship (French)
  • PUBH 3001 SNDS: Public Health Issues and Challenges in West Africa (French)
  • WOLO 2001 SGSM: Intermediate Wolof

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

French Language

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.

Wolof Language

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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 17 weeks Aug 18, 2018 Dec 14, 2018
$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.

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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

Academic year 2018-2019 39 weeks Aug 18, 2018 May 17, 2019
$32,585
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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 = $27,218 **

Housing = $4,900 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $32,585

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 = $300

Books & Supplies = $600

Personal expenses = $3,500

Other = $175 ††

Expenses during break = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,775

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

Spring 2019 17 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 19, 2019 May 17, 2019
$17,450
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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 = $14,533 **

Housing = $2,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

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.

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

Fall 2019 17 weeks Jun 1, 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Dec 14, 2019

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.

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