CIEE Summer Senegalese Studies Program in Dakar, Senegal
Are you ready to spend your summer living and studying abroad in a French-speaking West African country considered by many to be one of the most developed and democratic nations in that region? Are you interested in exploring and engaging with Senegalese society and its people through homestays, cultural activities, and community engagement projects in local communities?
If you’re ready, the Summer Senegalese Studies study abroad program in Dakar is ready for you.
Study abroad in Dakar and you will:
- Spend a summer exploring one of the most exciting countries in West Africa
- Take innovative courses in Senegalese history, politics, literature, education, religion, and public health and development issues
- Learn firsthand about Senegalese society through homestays with local families and community engagement opportunities at local NGOs and other organizations
- Explore Senegalese society and culture through special field trips and excursions to places such as Saint Louis, Toubab Dialaw, Gorée Island, and local museums
Find out more.
Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.
Academics & Curriculum
The study abroad program is offered in three, four-week sessions; students may participate in one, two, or three. Students choose one of the courses offered in each session. Courses typically meet every morning, Monday through Friday, for three hours, with structured outings and activities incorporated into the plan of study. Although final course offerings will depend on actual program enrollment, the program typically offers at least one course taught in English and one course taught in French each session.
Accommodation & Meals
Housing and meals are included in the program fee. All students live in a Senegalese home in a furnished room. Living with a Senegalese family enables students to have daily contact with French and/or Wolof languages and learn about family and social life in Senegal, which are crucial aspects of the culture. While French is the official language of the country, Wolof is most commonly spoken in the homes of CIEE host families. CIEE study abroad students realize the challenges of living in a multiethnic and multilingual society as they learn to function in both languages.
Host families tend to view U.S. students as “adopted children” and expect them to eat meals and spend time with their family and friends. Homestay placements are determined on the basis of a preliminary questionnaire and confirmed on site in consultation with the program’s housing coordinator. It is important to keep in mind that the Senegalese live simply, and such amenities as washing machines and microwaves are not commonly available. Meals tend to be considerably less varied than in the U.S.; rice and fish are considered staple foods in Senegal. A meal stipend is given to students so that they may supplement and vary their diet.
All students live within walking distance of the Study Center.