Experience the dynamic and familial culture of Francophone West Africa by living, learning, and volunteering in Senegal! There is much to discover in Dakar, from peaceful islands just off-shore to frenetic markets and a bustling downtown. This 5 week program includes homestay, optional French language immersion or courses in English, and community engagement opportunities in one of Africa’s most vibrant cities! 


In addition to coursework, students can participate in hands-on learning through the summer internship program. Students will be placed based on their interests in diverse fields such as health, music, education, politics and environment. 

Program Length: 5 weeks
Credit options: 6 U.S. credits


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Course Description

The Summer Program has five tracks: African Studies (taught in English), Francophone Studies (taught in French), African language, Education, and Service learning. 


All courses are designed to have a traditional and an experiential component, which may include workshops with traditional healers, artists, religious and community leaders, politicians, and/or scholars. A combination of lectures and direct learning experiences will help students gain a holistic understanding of African issues and their diverse manifestations in the Senegalese context, from the pre-colonial to the present times. These classes are cross-listed with courses from other disciplines, such as Women and Gender Studies, Literature, History, International Relations, Health and Life Sciences, Philosophy, and Religion. They may also be of interest to majors in Economics and International Development.


Courses change each session. You can view a sample of courses here. 

Summer Sessions: 

Generally two sessions are offered during these time frames:

Session I (May 15th - June 20th) is dedicated to internships and service learning ONLY. No content courses will be offered. 

Session II (June 26th - August 1st) Students can choose between an internship OR content courses. Language courses will be offered in addition to either option. 

Website for Course Availability

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Institut d'Études Africaines de Dakar

The Dakar Institute of African Studies – Institut d’Etudes Africaines de Dakar (DIAS-IEAD) is a center of learning and research that focuses on African Studies, Francophone Studies, African Languages, and...

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    African Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics French Language and Literature

  • History

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Application Instructions

Non-Francophone students who wish to take courses taught in French must submit a Language Proficiency Report. Students must have a B2 language level (4-5 semesters of French). 


Students must complete the internal application: http://www.thedakarinstitute.com/?page_id=200

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