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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, French, International Development, International Relations, Public Health
Program Description:

CIEE Dakar: Development Studies Program 
Dakar, Senegal

About the Program Dakar,
Eligibility Fields of Study Academic Culture Student Life Housing Helpful Links
About the Program
On the CIEE Dakar Development Studies Program, you will explore the complexities surrounding environmental, development, and globalization issues engaging with and confronting them on-site. In Senegal, you’ll join in a hands-on learning model to examine Senegalese society, from education to politics and the impact of Islam.

Through language learning, homestays, and coursework that drives a variety of field work and community engagement, studying abroad in Senegal provides you with unparalleled insight into issues of development and globalization in West Africa.

Dakar, Senegal
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 12 million, with two and a half 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% Muslim.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of two semesters of French at Tulane, including FREN 3150, with a grade of B or better during the year before departure. 
  • Two courses beyond the 2000 level in Anthropology, Development Studies, Francophone Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, and/or International Relations
  • Coursework with African content strongly recommended, particularly ADST 2000 "Intro to Africa & African Diaspora" and HISB 4210 "History of Development in Africa"

Fields of Study
French & Wolof language study, international development, African studies, international relations, development history, public health, economics, literature

Academic Culture
This program allows students to live and study in a French-speaking West African country, and immerse themselves in French and Wolof language, and learn about the challenges facing developing countries. Coursework illuminates issues of democratic governance, public health, political systems and regimes, human rights, representative democracy, and corruption. The Development Studies Practicum combines traditional classroom sessions with hands-on urban and rural experiences, in which students live rural or semi-urban Senegal with Peace Corps and NGO volunteers for ten days.

With the exception of the Wolof language course, all courses are taught in French. Courses are taught by Senegalese professors, most of whom also hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD). The CIEE Study Center 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. The Center shares a café and terrace space with L’Institut Supérieur de Droit de Dakar (ISSD), which offers degrees in political science and law.
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 United States. It’s easy to misread this – students should expect extensive individual study and reading outside of class.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Dakar even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. Once on-site, while living in Dakar, you will experience the concrete challenges of development as you participate in opportunities to teach children, create training programs for young women, and help officials run urban healthcare projects. You will live, learn and volunteer in rural or semi-urban area to gain perspective on development issues beyond the city. While in Dakar, you will live with a Senegalese host to experience the principal aspects of Senegalese culture – family and social life.
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 and CIEE study abroad students will realize the challenges of living in a multiethnic and multilingual society as they learn to function in both languages. 

Helpful Links 
CIEE Dakar Development Studies Program

Contact Past Participants
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