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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, 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
Academic Year 2019-2020 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, Anthropology, French, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology
Program Description:

CIEE Dakar: Language and Culture Program 
Dakar, Senegal

About the Program Dakar,
Eligibility Fields of Study Academic Culture Student Life Housing Helpful Links
About the Program
Students of the Language and Culture program in Dakar, Senegal are eager to seize opportunities—live and study in a French-speaking West African country, considered by many to be one of the most developed and democratic nations in that region; explore Senegalese society and develop and/or acquire language skills in French and Wolof; engage in true cultural immersion by living with a Senegalese family; participate in a community service project.

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. 
  • 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
The program begins with a one-week mandatory orientation held in Dakar. Sessions are devoted to personal safety, medical issues, and Senegalese customs and values, including family life and gender relations. During the orientation week, you will take a French placement test and have instruction in Wolof. In addition, a program of expanded orientation activities fosters integration by having you explore specific places or organizations in Dakar, in some cases with Senegalese students. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

The CIEE Study Center in Dakar offers students the opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country and to immerse themselves in two of Senegal’s official languages: French and Wolof. Through a broad range of coursework in English and/or French, students are also able to engage in topics concerning Africa, in general, and Senegal, specifically. By doing so, participants gain a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing Senegal today and learn firsthand about this multilingual society.

Students may participate in an internship for credit, consisting of 60 hours of practical experience and a 30-hour seminar taught and coordinated by an instructor hired by CIEE. Final internship placements are determined on site and are based on students’ academic or research interests, as well as their French language proficiency. Volunteer opportunities may be available for those students who do not participate in the internship for credit.

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 students quickly realize the challenges of living in a multiethnic and multilingual society, as they learn to function in both languages.

Although some students are within a 15-minute walk from the Study Center, others should expect to commute by bus or taxi on a daily basis. A transportation stipend is given to students living in the neighborhoods that are not within walking distance of campus.

Academic year students can stay with their host families during the break between semesters.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Dakar Language and Culture Program

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.