The United Kingdom is famous for providing health care to all of its citizens – but how do they do it in a time of harsh economic austerity? What lessons from comparative studies around the world are driving the successes and challenges facing the British National Health Service (NHS). But don’t stop there. Get another perspective on public health – this time in Senegal, where 54 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and child mortality, maternal death, and malaria are common issues.
Study abroad in London and Dakar and you’ll:
- Do research for three days on a community in Senegal
- Enjoy a series of guest lectures and site visits that bring you into contact and conversation with professionals in the field
- Develop leadership on matters critical to health
- Evaluate the political discourses surrounding the provision of ‘free’ healthcare
- Develop ethical and evidence-based policy opinions by looking at public health through various societal lenses
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
First up in London, you’ll trace the gradual nationalization of health services in England from World War II until today. In addition to lectures, screenings, discussions, and debates, you’ll hear from guest speakers who are public health researchers and workers, and go on field trips to explore the healthcare in education and in the community. In Dakar, the bustle of life at the largest public university in Senegal will fade away as your professor weaves a variety of public issues into a holistic perspective including cultural, social, and economic concerns. You’ll also spend three days learning in the field, and, as a class, come up with viable and appropriate responses to endemic public health issues.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass in Dakar for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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 two meals daily in Paris and all meals in Dakar
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for additional meals in Paris
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Credit for the program is 6 -7 semester/9 - 10.5 quarter hours. Course contact hours for the two required courses are 45 hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours each.. Students may also choose to enroll in an optional 15-hour, 1 credit Communicative Wolof Language course while in Dakar.
Students take one course each session: Contemporary Challenges in Global Health during Session I followed by Public Health Issues and Challenges in West Africa in Session II.
About the City
About The City
Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. Being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, London sits at the cutting edge of the creative arts scene providing access to music, fashion, museums (most of which are free) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of open green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.
The Republic of Senegal, which achieved independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule, is arguably one of the most democratic countries in West Africa. Senegal has a population of nearly 15 million, with three million living in Dakar, the political and economic capital and one of West Africa’s most vibrant cities. Although French is the country’s official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country’s multiethnic population, which is more than 90 percent Muslim.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Gamo Tounkara Mbow has been with CIEE since 2007, first serving as a faculty member, teaching a course on gender and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and now as resident coordinator. Gamo holds master’s degrees in sociolinguistics from Syracuse University and international development administration from Western Michigan University. She has served as consultant to numerous international nongovernmental organizations on projects related to girls’ education and female empowerment. Her past experience also involves teaching foreign language, professional business communication, and political science courses.
Perched on the westernmost point of Africa, Dakar is one of the continent’s most vibrant cities. It is also a hub of intellectual and cultural activity in West Africa. The city abounds with museums, historical sites, shops, restaurants, beaches, and open-air markets. Dakar is also a fascinating blend of African and Western influences, and program participants will have the unique opportunity to explore firsthand how the country has maintained its rich cultural identity while embracing outside values and amenities. By delving into the multicultural and multifaceted nature of Senegalese society, participants will learn about the tolerance that pervades the social fabric.
In addition, living with Senegalese families will provide insight into the culture and expose participants to the ubiquitous Wolof value of teranga (hospitality). You can expect to be embraced by the population here and to develop long-lasting ties to the country. We will also enhance your learning outside of the classroom by offering opportunities for community engagement and excursions to some of Senegal’s most beautiful and historically significant sites. This will be a transformative experience for all participants, and one that will shift your perspective in ways you cannot anticipate. We look forward to welcoming you to the land of teranga!
-Gamo Tounkara, Assistant Resident Director>“”
Simone is the Program Coordinator for Academic Excellence at CIEE Senegal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University Gaston Berger in Saint Louis. Simone also received a certificate in Language Testing and Project Design and Management from Peace Corps Senegal. Prior to joining CIEE, Simone had worked with Peace Corps Senegal for 11 years as a Language Trainer, then as an Assistant Language Coordinator and finally as a Language Coordinator. Her past experience includes teaching Serer and French with international programs such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the West African Research Center (WARC), and testing SIT students in French. Simone is the author of a Serer grammar book, which she wrote for Japanese. She has also served as Consultant with various organizations, including the African Women Association for Research and Development (AFARD), the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP), and JICA.
Aminata was born and raised in Dakar. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the Institut International de Management in Dakar (ISM) and another Bachelor and Master’s degree in Private Law from the University of Champollion in Toulouse, France. She returned to ISM to pursue a Master’s degree in Banking and Insurance.
Her academic and professional experience includes teaching Business Law to undergraduate students at two renowned international Business schools in Dakar—IAM and Eticca—and personal development at ISM. In addition to her teaching duties at ISM, Aminata also served as Executive Assistant to the president of ISM. In 2014, she joined the firm Global Education Network (GEN-Senegal) as Program Manager in charge of program development for West Africa.
Felicity Inns was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and majored in Environmental Science and Anthropology, obtaining her Masters in Anthropology in the area of international education from the University of Cape Town. Her studies increased her passion for intercultural communication and education. Felicity worked in the CIEE Cape Town Study Centre from 2003 until 2014 when she and her family moved to the United Kingdom and joined CIEE London in March 2015.
Dominique is originally from Durban, South Africa. After matriculating from high school, she travelled abroad on a long-term Rotary Exchange program to Norway. She then moved to Cape Town in 2008 to study at the University of Cape Town - after completing a Bachelor’s degree in 2010 and Honors degree in 2011 she went on to graduate in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She has been working for CIEE Cape Town since 2012. Dominique moved to CIEE London in January 2017. After work, Dominique enjoys cooking and baking and is always up for trying a new recipe or restaurant, for which there is no shortage in London!
She is passionate about the student experience and intercultural communication. As Student Life Director, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the student experience in London. This includes housing, excursions, full activity program for the semester, all student concerns and support, counselling and managing the Student Life Team.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Global Institute in London is located in Bloomsbury, Central London, just minutes from the British Library, British Museum, and University College London. A very student-friendly area, Bloomsbury enjoys exceptional transportation hubs where you can easily access all parts of London from the neighbourhood London Underground stations. The CIEE Study Center in Dakar is located in the Amitié III neighborhood near restaurants, shops, cultural centers, and the largest public university in Senegal. Some study abroad students walk from their homestay to the Study Center, while others take public transportation. CIEE students study exclusively with other CIEE participants in a building that shares facilities including a library, computer lab, café, and student lounge with L’Insitut Supérieur de Droit de Dakar (ISDD). ISDD offers degrees in political science and law and has a mostly Senegalese student body.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
In London, students will reside in central London. Accommodation is ideally located within distance short commute by foot, bike, bus, or train of the CIEE Global Institute, the British Museum, and the British Library. Students make their own meals in kitchenettes. Common living areas in the residence allow students to interact frequently with each other and other international students.
In Dakar, students reside in homestays.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in London and Dakar even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident directors from each location meet with students online and share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.
Students should bring wireless-enabled laptops. In London, the residence halls and Global Institute are equipped with wireless internet access.
In London, CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Global Institute, and are designed to connect British and U.S. academic culture. All sessions include a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and are asked to give a presentation of their findings. Students are evaluated based on active participation, a presentation, and either an exam or paper (depending on the course) on one of the themes discussed in the course. The European educational system allows students a high level of individual responsibility and initiative, and developing an independent and critical way of thinking is strongly encouraged.
In Dakar, students often notice striking differences between their home educational system and the Senegalese model, which is based on the French system. While students in the U.S. are accustomed to a very structured system, the Senegalese method generally requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment. Some American students could misperceive a course as having a light workload or few assignments, but students are expected to engage in a great deal of individual study and extensive reading outside of the classroom.
Classes are generally lecture-based, but CIEE teachers are encouraged to foster more interactive classroom dynamics. In addition to lectures and discussions, many classes involve student presentations, which may take up a greater part of the course schedule than students are accustomed to in the U.S.
Nature of Classes
Students take classes with other CIEE students only.
In London, assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including coursework, presentations, attendance, and essays. Students must check with their lecturers to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for students who have made conflicting travel plans.
In Dakar, final grades in CIEE courses are based on a combination of attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper or exam. The resident director reports Senegalese numerical grades (0–20 scale) in U.S. letter grades using a conversion scale.
Language of Instruction
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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(GI) PUBH 3006 LNEN/INRE 3008 LNEN
CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN GLOBAL HEALTH
Students will learn about the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course will explore different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students will address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on the United Kingdom, the U.S., and other European countries. To supplement classroom learning students will visit active NGOs based in London, including Action on Disability and Development and the Royal Society for Public Health. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
PUBH 3001 SNDS (ENG)
PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN WEST AFRICA
The course helps students to better understand the general philosophy of public health and its significance in West Africa and Senegal. We introduce a variety of themes from a holistic perspective – cultural, social, and economic. Our goal is to come up with, together as a class, viable and appropriate responses to endemic public health issues. Major themes for this class include introducing public and community health; analyzing health systems; reviewing primary health care; evaluating implemented action plans; and identifying and examining specific issues within a target population during a three-day field visit. . Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
WOLO 0001 SGSU
The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic functional knowledge of Wolof, so that they can comprehend and use the language in everyday situations. The focus is on cultural immersion through oral communication. Contact hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.