Senegal is one of the region's most developed, democratic, and friendly nations, making seaside Dakar a prime spot to explore Senegalese culture and language. Learn French and Wolof – a sub-Saharan language – while you delve into African studies, international relations, and development studies. When you explore the city and beyond, experience local family traditions, and pursue causes you care about, you're assured a remarkable experience abroad.
in English or French in a range of intriguing subjects.
ACCOMPLISH A WEEK OF FIELDWORK
in rural Senegal with Peace Corps volunteers or village hosts. Students call it the most influential part of their time abroad.
LIVE WITH A DAKAR HOST
and boost your language skills while you experience the principal aspects of Senegalese culture – family and social life.
Choose a week with Peace Corps volunteers or local hosts in a rural village, to experience and document the contrasts and links between rural and urban life.
Venture off for a day in Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist's colony.
See more of the region with a weekend trip to the mangroves of the Sine-Saloum; Saint Louis, the former capital of French West Africa; and other rural areas.
Participate in cultural activities in and around Dakar.
Internships. Get culturally unique work experience – and possibly credit – with a human rights organization like Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme or the Global Research and Advocacy Group.
Volunteering. Lend a hand to the important work of human rights organizations and get back as much as you give.
Research. From children's rights to the role of religion in the democratic process, you can study the topic you care most about, and contribute important fieldwork.
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
One-week orientation – an introduction to Senegalese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Field trips and cultural activities
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
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GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
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There are three required courses on the CIEE program. Students are placed into a French language course based on a proficiency exam taken at the beginning of the semester (0.8 Pomona credits). All students must also enroll in Wolof Language for Beginners (0.8 Pomona credits) and the required core course, Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture (0.8 Pomona credits), which is offered in either English or French. Students who place into Advanced French I or higher should take the course in French. Students receive the remainder of their credits by choosing two electives (0.8 Pomona credits each) taught at the CIEE Study Center. Students who place into Intermediate French II or higher may take one elective in French. Students who place into Advanced French I or higher may take both electives in French. Students may also choose to complete a credit-bearing internship.
There is no P/NC option on this program.
Number of Students
CIEE enrolls between 45-50 students, selected from a national pool.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
French 2 or 22, or the equivalent.
8.25 GPA required.
A college-level background course with African content is highly recommended.