Information for term Language + Culture
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: May 1, 2020
- Dates: Aug 22 – Dec 18, 2020 (17 weeks)
- Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
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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 learn French and Wolof – a sub-Saharan language. Take a combination of language and content courses taught in English and French at CIEE Dakar across a wide-range of academic areas, including cultural studies, development, history, international relations, liberal arts, public health, sustainability and environment, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
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.
minaret height on the Dakar Grand Mosque219.8’
Location & CultureClick to Open
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.
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 activities with cultural pals in and around Dakar.
- Visit historic Gorée Island – a major slave-trade center for four centuries, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – or the newly built Museum of Black Civilizations.
Internships. Get culturally unique work experience – and possibly credit - with a social entreneurship organization like ASHOKA or with a human rights organization like 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.
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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.
Homestay families provide two meals a day during the week and three on the weekends.
Where You'll Study
CIEE DAKAR Dakar Amitié III neighborhood
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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Program DetailsClick to Open
What you need to knowThe program details
This program allows students to immerse themselves in French and Wolof languages, with coursework in English and/or French on engaging topics about Africa, and Senegal in particular. Students come away understanding the complex issues facing Senegal and its multilingual society.
CIEE Dakar is located in the Amitié neighborhood, close to restaurants, shops, cultural centers, and 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. All courses are taught in both English and French by Senegalese professors, most of whom hold faculty appointments at UCAD.
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Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.
CoursesClick to Open
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits
- CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
- CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
- CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 20 faculty advising hours, 100 research hours
Language of Instruction
English and/or French
- French language class
- Wolof Language class
- Three elective courses
Fall 2020 CIEE CoursesClick to Open
Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing
Communication, Journalism, and Media
Health Professions and Related Programs
History, Philosophy, Religion
Languages and Cultural Studies
Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment
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.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.
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
- MSI 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.See more scholarship info
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Dates & 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:
- 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
- Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
- Excursions and/or Study Tours
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
- 24/7 emergency on-site support
Fees & Housing
|Fall 2020 17 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 22, 2020||Dec 18, 2020||
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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 = $15,033 **
Housing = $2,450 ***
Insurance = $167Total Fees = $17,950
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 = $100
Personal expenses = $1,000
Other = $100 ††Total Estimated Costs = $3,650
CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** Includes 2 meals a day during the week / 3 on the weekend
† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
†† cost of registration extension on-site
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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