Dakar, Senegal

Summer Senegalese Studies

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Information for term Summer Senegalese Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jun 15, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 13, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jul 13, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 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. Your adventure includes innovative courses on Senegalese history, politics, religion, and Wolof. Courses are taught at CIEE Dakar, in English, and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Get to know the culture

    with special field trips and excursions to places like Saint Louis, Toubab Dialaw, Gorée Island, and Dakar museums.

  • Live with a Dakar host

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

  • Take classes in English

    or French, depending on your language skills.

  • million residents

  • lighthouses

  • minaret height on the Dakar Grand Mosque


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; Wolof the predominant. Ninety-four percent of Senegalese are Muslim.

The Culture


  • Venture off for a weekend at a fishing village and artist’s colony in Toubab Dialaw or to Saint Louis - former capital of French West Africa, or another exciting destination.
  • Visit historic Gorée Island, the biggest coast center for slave trade from the 1400s to the 1800s.
  • Participate in cultural activities in and around Dakar.
  • Lend a hand and get culturally unique work experience via Dakar NGOs. You might teach English or math to kids or help with urban healthcare projects.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Students live in Senegalese homes so they can practice French and/or Wolof, 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. 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.


    Two meals a day are provided by host families.

Dakar, Senegal

Where You'll Study

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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 felt that so much was packed into the month as far as cultural experiences, excursions, volunteering experience, and classroom learning. I think I lived a whole year in that month, and I loved it. Thanks to CIEE for providing us with the deep cultural experience."

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "I have had an incredible experience with CIEE this summer. Every CIEE employee I've met is exceptionally kind, helpful, and dynamic. I have had some fantastic and life-changing experiences as a result of CIEE."

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "Simple and organized-- I was aware of all aspects of the trip at all times, including what was required of me and what I should expect."

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "I had an amazing time on these excursions and events. The trip to Gorée Island and the weekend at Toubab Dialaw were both completely new and eye-opening experiences."

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "GAMO IS AWESOME!! All the other staff is wonderful too. Staff went above and beyond in helping me plan anything related to my time in Senegal."

    Student, Summer 2018

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

The Summer Senegalese Studies program allows students to live and study in a French-speaking West African country and immerse themselves in Senegalese culture. Gain communicative Wolof language skills, explore the history of Islam, discuss the urgent priorities in public health in developing countries, and analyze the complex relationship between contemporary literature and African society. Students with two or more semesters of college-level French (or equivalent) can take courses taught in French. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

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 take classes only with other CIEE participants. Classes typically meet every morning, Monday through Friday, for three hours, and include structured outings and activities.


    Final grades for CIEE courses are based on attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper or exam. The resident director converts Senegalese numerical grades (0-20 scale) into U.S. letter grades.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    Students with two or more semesters of college-level French (or equivalent) can take courses taught in French.



Program Credit
Total credit: 3-4 per session U.S. semester/4.5-6 per session quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. per session semester/4.5 per session quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Communicative Wolof Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English and/or French

Students enroll in one three-credit course per session

Course Notes

  • Students may enroll in the Communicative Wolof Language class during one session.
  • (GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.

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.

Summer 2020 Courses

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Summer 2020 syllabi will be available by early September.

Session I

  • WOLO 0001 SGSU: Communicative Wolof Language
  • (GI) COMM 3399 DASE: Intercultural Communication, Identity, and Leadership in Dakar

Session II

  • WOLO 0001 SGSU: Communicative Wolof Language
  • PUBH 3001 SGSU (ENG): Public Health and Development in Senegal and Africa


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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
  • 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 & Fees

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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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day 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

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
Summer Session I and II 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jul 13, 2020
Summer Session II 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020 Jul 13, 2020

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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