APA Dakar: Summer Study Abroad in French-Arts, Economics and More

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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.

Program Highlights
  • Three-day orientation to prepare for the summer ahead
  • Choose courses from a variety of subjects
  • 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

100% Deposit Refunds, Rolling Admissions for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 programs

Understanding the uncertainty revolving around the COVID-19 developments, it can be difficult to make plans for an upcoming term abroad. To ease your concerns, APA is rolling admissions for Dakar Summer 2021 and Paris/Multi-Country Fall 2021 programs.

All deposits paid will be 100% refundable (less service fees) in the event that a program can not launch.

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Julia
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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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