CIEE: Dakar, Senegal

CIEE: Dakar, Senegal

Full-year, semester I and semester II programs.  Semester I is suitable only for students who do not require major credit in French.

Prerequisite: minimum of one 250-level course (two recommended).Dakar, Sénégal’s capital, is located on the westernmost point of the Atlantic coast of Africa and has a population of over two million.  It is the political and economic capital of Sénégal and one of West Africa’s most important and vibrant cities.  Many international governmental and non-governmental organizations have offices in Dakar.  Dakar has several major research and cultural centers, and is home to Cheikh Anta Diop University, one of the largest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in French-speaking Africa.

All basic language instruction in French and Wolof takes place at the Baobab Center, a cultural resource and training center operated by Africa Consultants International, a non-profit organization created in 1984.  Advanced students of French enrolled in the academic year or spring program are able to take or audit regular university courses taught in French at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), including courses in French taught within the Institut de Français pour Etrangers (IFE). Students take five courses each semester: three required courses (Contemporary Senegalese Society & Culture, French language, and Wolof language) and two elective courses chosen from among a selection of English- or French-taught courses depending upon the student’s level of French.  Electives may include CIEE courses taught in English; courses taught in French at the Baobab Center and open to other U.S. students; a community service project or internship with accompanying seminar; or regular university courses at UCAD/FE for qualified academic year or spring semester students with advanced French language skills.  Depending upon the student’s initial level of French, the first two weeks in Dakar include 10 to 15 hours per week of French instruction, as well as daily Wolof lessons.  All courses are taught by Senegalese professors.

Semester II participants may bring back one credit and one co-curricular credit in history toward the French major.  Full-year students may count up to three credits toward the French major.  Credits may also apply to an African Studies concentration.  General Education credits may also be awarded.

Homestays with Senegalese families are organized by the Baobab Center.