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Senegal: Language and Culture (Dakar) (CIEE)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Live and study Senegalese culture and develop skills in French and Wolof, a regional sub-Saharan African language, in one of the most developed and democratic nations in the region. On CIEE's Language and Culture program, you'll immerse yourself fully in the culture by living with a Senegalese family and participating in a fieldwork project. 

Study in Dakar and you'll:

  • Choose from a variety of courses in African Studies, development studies, anthropology and sociology
  • Live with a Senegalese family that will provide strong cultural immersion
  • Participate in African art, dance and music, and engage in community service and/or an internship
  • Visit Goree Island, ToubabDialow, a fishing village and artists' colony, and Saint Louise, the former capital of French West Africa, or the mangrove forests of the Seni- Saloum region; learn during a rural stay with a local host family or Peace Corps or NGO staff
  • Gain practical experience:   CIEE students have interned at RencontreAfricaine pour la Defense desCroitsde l'Homme, one of the most active human rights organizations in Senegal; Global Research and Advocacy Group, which advocates for vulnerable minority groups in the region, and many other organizations. Students may participate in an internship for credit or participate in work opportunities as a volunteer.

The Republic of Senegal, which achieved independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule, is one of the most democratic countries in West Africa. Senegal has a population of nearly 15 million, with 3 million living in Dakar, the political and economic capital, and one of West Africa's most vibrant cities. A major port and administrative center, Dakar is home to the National Assembly, president's palace, and bustling Sandaga Market. Around Dakar, you'll find cliff walks, beaches and major historic attractions like the Dakar Grand Mosque and Dakar Cathedral. Although French is the country's official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country's multiethnic population.

Learn more about CIEE Senegal: Language and Culture

Faculty Advisor: Professor Joan Huguet

Credits: 4.5 for the fall or spring semester; 9 for the academic year


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