Hosted by: CIEE Dakar: Language and Culture Program
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. By doing so, participants gain a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing Senegal today and learn firsthand about this multilingual society.
Students may choose to also engage in an internship with a local organization or pursue a research project that provides fieldwork in the community.
Fall: late August to mid December
Spring: mid January to late May
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. At least one African Studies course is a prerequisite. Students should have completed at least 2 semesters of college level French or high school French plus one college course French.
Students often notice striking differences between their home educational system and the Senegalese model, which is based on the French system. While students in the U.S. are accustomed to a very structured system, the Senegalese method generally requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment. Some American students could misinterpret a course as having a light workload or few assignments, but students are expected to engage in a great deal of individual study and extensive reading outside of the classroom.
The resident director oversees all CIEE courses, which are taught in both English and French. Senegalese professors, most of whom also hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), teach these courses. CIEE Study Center courses run for 12 weeks, two two-hour sessions a week for a total of 45 hours, and include a broad range of subjects.
Classes are generally lecture-based, but CIEE teachers are encouraged to foster more interactive classroom dynamics. In addition to lectures and discussions, many classes involve student presentations, which may take up a greater part of the course schedule than students are accustomed to in the U.S.
Courses are designed to offer opportunities for students to draw a parallel between the theoretical information they receive in the classroom and the social and cultural experiences they have outside of class. Field trips and guest speakers supplement students’ education and provide a practical orientation to their learning. Regular contact with the Resident Director, Dr. Serigne Ndiaye, a graduate from Emory University's Comparative Literature Ph.D. program, makes the orientation an ongoing process throughout the semester.
Students take five courses each semester—two required and three elective courses. The two required courses constitute the CIEE core curriculum: French language and Wolof language. Students then choose three elective courses.
Classes will transfer back with credits and grades. Credit and Grade Translation - CIEE Dakar. Many classes have been blanket approved. See Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please consult the Faculty Representative List.
Students are placed in homestays with a local family in a Senegalese furnished home. Families consider students to be more of adopted children, and expect them to spend time with the family and to share meals. The most common language in these home stays is Wolof.
A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring,Fall).
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: the Gilman Scholarship, the Fund for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, the NSEP Boren Scholarship and others. For more information, please click here.
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