• Senegal
    • Dakar
Subject Areas
African Studies Anthropology Art History Arts Business Conflict Studies Cultural Studies Economics Environmental Studies Film Gender Studies Global Studies History Human Rights Humanities Indigenous Cultures International Business International Relations Language Studies Liberal Arts Literature Music Political Science Social Sciences Sociology Sustainable Development Visual Arts Women's Studies +18
Need-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility
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Associates Bachelors Masters
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Price Details
Program fees vary based on the length of the program. Visit the website for up-to-date program fees: https://www.apaparis.com/program/dakar/?topic=Fees
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Not Included (Extra)

- Vaccinations prior to departure
- Potable Water (bottled water purchased for personal use)
- Transportation via Taxi is most common and a budget needs to be allocated to this.

Jan 03, 2024
Aug 15, 2018
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About Program

Spend an immersive six weeks in the hub of Francophone West Africa: Dakar, Senegal. A vibrant crossroads of art, business, education, and humanitarian organizations, Senegal is one of the most economically and politically stable countries in Africa.

Choose two classes from: Advanced French Language, Oral & Written African Literature, Senegal Today, Economics and Development, Cross-Cultural Management, Contemporary Western African Art, and Beginner Wolof. All courses are taught in French. Orientation, academic, and language support included.

Cultural events and seminars, two day trips, and one weekend excursion are included in APA's signature culture package. Each student will be matched with a host family with full room and board.

Consider extending your time in Dakar two more weeks (a great way to qualify for summer funding opportunities), and use this time to participate in an internship, pursue an independent study, or volunteer in a village outside of Dakar.

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Program Highlights

  • Three-day orientation to prepare for the summer ahead
  • Extend your summer abroad two more weeks for an independent study, internship, or volunteer
  • Rich cultural package with a variety of experiences
  • Carefully matched homestays with all meals and weekly laundry included
  • Apply for the APT travel grant and put $1,000 to the cost of your flight.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Dakar: Experiencing Francophone West Africa in Senegal

As an African Studies and French Language student, one of my biggest complaints was the lack of French-language study abroad programs outside of the Western world, until I found APA Senegal. The program's course content gives students an in-depth experience in a rich culture and the opportunity to make connections to locals (many of which I keep in contact with and miss very much). Living with a host family was a very effective way to improve skills in speaking French, and I felt much more comfortable with the language after completing the program. Academics are very rigorous but students will learn a LOT of new information in their classes, not only in French language but about local culture, economics, and analytical skills. I highly recommend this program and definitely do not regret choosing APA or Senegal.

What would you improve about this program?
As one of the students who participated in the first year of the program, we were very involved in giving constructive criticism to the APA staff as well as the professors. One of my biggest concerns was that the neighborhood was a 20 minute walk away from the university, which I was assured would not be the case in the future. I also requested that following programs incorporate a bit more Wolof (the main local language).
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