CIEE - Senegal

CIEE - Senegal
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
Academic YearMarch 15mid Augustmid May
FallMarch 15mid Augustmid November
SpringOctober 15mid Januarymid May
SummerApril 15early Junelate July
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, French, Wolof
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

The CIEE programs in Senegal are geared towards students who want to learn firsthand about Senegalese society and explore issues such as education, politics, the impact of Islam, and development and globalization from a West African perspective.  Students take classes in French and/or English depending on the program, and study Wolof language.


CIEE offers several options for semester and summer study in Dakar, Senegal.

Language and Culture: 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.

Development Studies: This program is based at the CIEE Dakar Study Center, and all courses are taught by local Senegalese faculty, most of whom have faculty appointments at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD).   All students enroll in the Advanced French-Development Studies course, which is taught intensively during the first two weeks of the program and then meets on a more limited schedule throughout the rest of the semester. In addition, students take Wolof Language and the Development Studies Practicum as well as three elective courses.   With the exception of the Wolof language course, all courses are taught in French.  Students who meet the language pre-requisite may combine a semester on the CIEE Dakar Language and Culture program with a semester on this program for a full academic year in Senegal.

Summer Senegalese Studies:   This program is made up of two three-week sessions. Students may choose to participate in one or both sessions. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for three hours, with structured outings and activities incorporated into each course.

Students enroll in one elective course each session. 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. Students may also enroll in the optional Survival Wolof course each session.


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 twelve 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 percent Muslim.


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 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.

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Program Costs

To find the costs of the program you are interested in, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the CIEE program finder and, under "FILTER BY", select Senegal from the "Country" list.
  2. Looking over the various programs offered, find a program you are interested in and click "Learn More".
  3. Scroll down to the "Dates, Deadlines & Fees" section and click on the (+) next to the program cost to expand the list of expenses.
  4. Find your program's estimated expenses under "Program Fees" AND "Estimated Additional Costs".
  5. Last, add the "Study Abroad Fee", which is $600 for a summer program and $1,500 for a semester program.
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